Upcoming Presentations


“Working with Critical Hip Hop Pedagogies," Hip Hop Pedagogy Conference, LaGuardia Community College, Queens, NY, October 2017. 


"'Wait, Are You Studying Wokeness?' Developing Critical Consciousness and Literacies of Empowerment in the Secondary Classroom," National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE Annual Convention, St. Louis, MO, November 2017. ​​

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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela

Lauren Leigh Kelly

Selected Past Presentations


  • “Bridging the Gap: Hip Hop Literacy as Transformative Pedagogy in the Secondary Classroom," Teaching With Purpose Hip Hop Education Summit, Portland, OR, June 2017. 


  • “Gone ’Til November: Analyzing the Criminal Justice System Through Critical Hip Hop Literacy," Hiphop Literacies Conference, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, New York, NY, March 2017. 


  • "Cultivating Literacies of Empowerment in Urban Charter High Schools." National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR) Midwinter Conference, San Francisco, CA, February 2017. 


  • “'Who freed me? Lincoln or Cadillac?': Developing Critical Hip Hop Literacies in the Secondary Classroom,” Fieldwork Workshop Series, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, January 2017.


  • “Transformative Learning and Assessment Through Critical Hip Hop Literacy,” GRAMMY Museum Teacher Webinar Series, Los Angeles, CA, October 2016. 


  • “Holler If Ya Hear Me: Fostering Empathy and Support Through Critical Listening,” 4th Annual Teaching With a Purpose Conference, Portland, OR, October 2016. 


  • “We Gon’ Be Alright.” Keynote Speaker at Urban Word NYC 19th Annual Preemptive Education Conference, New York University, New York, NY, September 2016.


  • "You Ain’t Gotta Lie to Kick it: Exploring Teacher Identity in Hip-hop Education,” American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 2016. 


  • “It Was Written: Developing Critical Media Awareness and Media Literacy Through Popular Texts,” Hip Hop in the Heartland Educator Symposium, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, March 2016.


  • "Pathways to Critical Pedagogy: Engaging Literacy through Hip-Hop & Social Justice Education," National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE Annual Convention, Minneapolis, MN, November 2015. 


  • “Columbusing in the 21st Century: Using Media Texts to Foster Dialogue about Cultural Awareness and Cultural Appropriation," Urban Word NYC Preemptive Education Conference, New York University, New York, NY, September 2015.


  • “'I Am Not Jasmine, I Am Aladdin': Unpacking Power and Sexuality in Popular Texts" and "Dear Hip Hop: Open Letter Poetry as Social Action," Hip Hop in the Heartland 10th Annual Educator and Community Leader Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, July 2015. 


  • "Hip-Hop Pedagogy and Racial Battle Fatigue: The Untold Stories of Critical Educators," American Educational Research Association, AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2015.


  • "Room of/for Failures: Critical Pedagogy's Unglamorous Stories," National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE Annual Convention, Washington, DC.  Saturday, November 2014. 


  • "#Selfie: Teaching Social Responsibility in the Media Age," Urban Word NYC Preemptive Education Conference, New York University, New York, NY, September 2014.


  • “Exploring Critical Hip Hop Literacies in English Education,” Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) Colloquium Series, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, April 2014.


  • "Deconstructing Popular Identities Through Critical Media Literacy," American Education Research Association, AERA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.


  • “Broken Glass Everywhere: Deconstructing Popular Media Through Critical Literacy,” National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE Annual Convention, Boston, MA, November 2013.


  • Panelist on School Counseling Seminar on the role of Hip Hop on youth social, emotional, and academic achievement, sponsored by Long Island University Counseling and School Psychology Department, Brooklyn, NY, November 2013.


  • “Blurred Lines: Unpacking Gender Representation in Popular Media,” Teaching With a Purpose Conference, Portland State University, Portland, OR, October 2013.


  • “Critical Literacy, Common Core, and the Cost of Wealth in Hip-hop Culture,” Urban Word NYC Preemptive Education Conference, New York University, New York, NY, September 2013.


  • “Popular Media, Hip-hop, and Mexican Corridos: Critical Media Pedagogy in the Classroom," Black Student Network Diversity in Research Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, April 2013.

  • “Scrubs and Pigeons: Identity and Representation in Hip Hop Literature and Culture,” Urban Word NYC Preemptive Education Conference, New York University, New York, NY, September 2012.


  • Co-facilitator of Racial Literacy Roundtable Discussion “The Language of Race,” sponsored by Teachers College Office of Diversity, February 2012.