The Exchange Fall 2019: Teaching & Learning across Generations & Cultures


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The Exchange

When: Sep 23 2019 - 6:30pm until Sep 23 2019 - 8:30pm
Where: Keoni Auditorium, Imin Center (Jefferson Hall)

Every generation of students bring new challenges and, consequently, new insights to education. Different learning styles and experiences make it necessary to develop a repertoire of best teaching practices that speak to different generations. From Traditionalists to Millennials, educators today are finding it necessary to understand a wide range of cross-generational learning styles and the techniques that serve them best. This session will focus on education through lyrics as a tool to facilitate student engagement.


​Goals and Objectives:

  • Learn how methods of education vary across cultures and change over time
  • Understand the values and needs of teachers and students in multilingual/multicultural society
  • Explore how to empower student learning and engagement through different educational styles

Presenter: Keith Cross

Dr. Keith Cross is a veteran Hip-Hop artist, singer-songwriter, educator and scholar. Dr. Cross has a Ph.D. from Stanford University Graduate School of Education, specializing in Race, Inequality and Language in Education, and he is currently Assistant Professor of Multilingual and Multicultural Education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. As a scholar, he investigates the role of song in the cognition and learning of those who compose/perform song lyrics and those who engage with song lyrics as audience.


Performer 1: Navid Najafi - Rap

Navid Najafi aka Illnomadic is a founding member of local conscious rap collective the Super Groupers and a two-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner.  He was born in Iran and raised in New York but found home when he moved to Hawaiʻi to attend the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He has been an active artist, organizer, and volunteer in the community ever since. He is one of the founders of and current administrator/artist for Soundshop, an interactive hip hop education program for high school students at the Honolulu Museum of Art.


Performer 2: Scott Ohtoro - Rap

Scott Ohtoro is a multi-instrumentalist and has over 15 years of experience producing music and DJ'ing. He started making beats under the guidance of world-renowned hip-hop artists DJ Cheapshot, Exile and Aloe Blacc.  Ohtoro is a multi Na Hoku Hanohano award nominee and a former high school math teacher in Los Angeles and Oahu. He also helped create Soundshop, a hip hop education workshop program at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

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