And just like that, it's the end of another year. 2017 was big for us at Flocab, all in thanks to support from the incredible educators and students like you! This year digital vocabulary cards made their debut, we achieved a hat trick on the morning news circuit with a feature on CBS This Morning, and had some fun along the way.
At the start of 2017, Flocabulary traveled to Standing Rock, ND to work one-on-one with students in the community. Why the trek from our hometown of Brooklyn to the Great Plains? The students in this community are Lyric Lab pros, and with the school’s special focus on the arts as part of the nationwide Turnaround Arts program, we wanted to collaborate to offer avenues for student voice and expression in a community embroiled in a national controversy.
At Flocabulary, our core goals include creating an equitable and inclusive work culture for our employees while promoting critical thinking and social and emotional learning to the students we reach. That’s why we’re looking to explore big, important topics at SXSW 2018 next year—topics that explore how race and diversity impact tech, music and classroom domains. At a time when the public discourse requires cultural competence, these conversations are more important than ever. Explore our proposed sessions for SXSW 2018 below—then cast your vote for your favorite (or all three). We need your help to bring these dialogues to the SXSW…
In case you missed our Instagram Story on Monday, members of the Flocab team made a trip down to Texas to visit some amazing students at Carver Elementary School and their incredible teacher (and Flocabulary MC Educator), Melody McAllister. What's more, our friends at CBS This Morning joined us to learn more about how students are using hip-hop to making learning engaging, fun and effective!
Today kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week, and Team Flocab is excited to celebrate educators today, all week, and—let's be real—all year, too. A few of us from different teams across the company spent some time reflecting on teachers that left an impact on us, and why (reasons range from trumpet to world traveling!). Check it out: