This course examines the role of critical pedagogy in developing learning environments that engage and empower youth. Emphasis is placed on the context of Hip Hop as a foundation for instructional decision-making and social justice advocacy/activism. Students will explore the historical and socio-cultural aspects of education initiatives, teaching and learning strategies, federal and state mandates and educational policy issues that contribute to marginalization. Innovative ideas and Community programs designed to strengthen Urban schools and communities will be highlighted, with specific focus addressing interdisciplinary collaboration to advance reform efforts. Students will complete a service-learning experience in a community-approved organization.