Documentary Illuminating the Triumphant Power of Music

The Secret Song chronicles the final months of Doug Goodkin’s fabled 45-year career teaching music to children in San Francisco. In what could have been a celebratory victory lap, the veteran teacher finds his efforts to instill a sense of belonging interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reading Experience with Rappers, Bringing Lyrics into the Classroom

Reading with a Rapper (RWAR) is an English language arts–based educational program in which elementary, middle school, and high school students learn to analyze literature by studying rap lyrics. Since its was founding in Houston in 2018, RWAR has spread to schools in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Kansas City, and elsewhere.

Even as life returns to normal in a post-pandemic world, students and educators continue to grapple with the challenges of this once-in-a-lifetime situation. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) recently found that 70 percent of public schools reported an increase in the number of students seeking mental health services at school since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, while roughly three-quarters (76 percent) of schools also reported an increase in staff voicing concerns about students exhibiting symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and trauma.