MIE Toney Jackson: Hip Hop in the Classroom

Microsoft Innovative Educator | Toney Jackson

In this episode of the Microsoft Innovative Expert: Spotlight Series Podcast, we welcome MIEExpert Toney Jackson from New Jersey to discuss how he uses Hip Hop to motivate and engage his 4th-grade students

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Toney Jackson, a New Jersey native, is currently a 4th grade teacher at Nellie K. Parker Elementary School located in Hackensack, NJ. In 2015, he was honored as the district's ‘Teacher of the Year'. He began performing spoken word poetry while studying at Rutgers University. He went on to become a fixture in the local arts scene, and was recognized by the Academy of American Poets. Author and illustrator of multiple children’s books, Toney Jackson also writes and records music. He has performed on the Vans Warped Tour, released two CDs, and was a winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Currently, he brings in passion for the arts into the classroom, engaging students with Hip Hop and poetry. Recently, Toney Jackson was featured in a nationally broadcast Microsoft Windows 10 commercial for his use of poetry, illustration, and technology in his classroom.

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