TeachRock.org to Honor Orangethorpe Principal Frady

The hour-long evening of music and conversation will be hosted by Steven Van Zandt and include special performances from Eddie Vedder and Margo Price as well as appearances by Steve Buscemi, Whoopi Goldberg, Melle Mel, Tom Morello, Edward Norton, Vincent Pastore, Maureen Van Zandt along with cast members of Lilyhammer and the Sopranos. #StandWithTeachers will be produced by Steven Van Zandt and TeachRock.org, the education component of his Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. 

Ticket prices range from $25.00-$150.00 and are now available to purchase by visiting teachrock.org/standwithteachers. Ticket purchases are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Ticket holders will also be available to stream on-demand for three days following the pre-recorded streaming on December 21. All ticket-holders are invited to stick around following the one-hour event for a special edition Renegade Nation Holiday Video Jukebox.

The TeachRock Trailblazer Award is presented to an educational leader who has created a systematic shift towards arts-integration pedagogy at the district, building, department or grade level.

Dr. Ginger Frady has worked as an elementary school teacher in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade, and has supported schools as a Response to Intervention Reading Coach, a Positive Behavior Intervention and Strategies Coach, and an Assistant Principal at the elementary and junior high levels. She currently serves as the Principal of Orangethorpe Elementary School in Fullerton, California. In addition to her undergraduate degree and teaching credentials, Dr. Frady holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Social Justice was earned at California State University, Fullerton.

Dr. Frady has worked closely with teachers across all educational settings to promote student success through Curriculum Development, Arts Integration, and Restorative Practices. Her experience with multi-age and traditional classrooms makes her an advocate for students and she works tirelessly to support Arts Integration across all curricular areas. As the Principal of Orangethorpe, Dr. Frady has had the privilege of working with an amazing group of educators who have embraced The Arts as a key strategy for promoting success in the classroom, and the Teach Rock curriculum as a medium for increasing student engagement both in the classroom and as future global citizens.

“Being an educator has never been easy, but 2020 posed greater challenges than any schools have ever faced. And, as usual, teachers rose to the occasion,” says TeachRock founder Steven Van Zandt. “When schools shut down overnight, teachers rallied and moved classes online. But that’s not all–like the essential workers they are, teachers continue to risk their health to serve students and families, be it to distribute tech to keep students connected, or meals to help families in need. Teachers are the plainclothes superheroes in our midst. They deserve to be heard and celebrated, and that’s why we’re going to #StandWithTeachers on December 21st.”

#StandWithTeachers is a call-to-action to support TeachRock’s direct work with teachers, and encourage people to support teachers and students in their local communities.  The virtual fundraising event on December 21 will honor educators and for their ongoing dedication to children throughout 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the program will aim to expand online arts integration support to teachers and students forced to cope with remote learning.

“The TeachRock family is excited to join with several of the most passionate figures in music and entertainment to #StandWithTeachers on December 21,” said Bill Carbone, Executive Director of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. “We will celebrate with a fun and uplifting evening of music and conversation, all to honor the teachers who continue to go above and beyond to meet the basic educational and human needs of America’s students during these unprecedented times.”

Anyone can join this movement to show support for teachers. TeachRock encourages everyone to record a short video clip stating, “I am (your name) and I stand with teachers because…”and to share it on social media and tag TeachRock and #StandWithTeachers and Teachrock will repost it alongside the celebrity videos as well.  

Launched by Steven Van Zandt and the Founders Board of Bono, Jackson Browne, Martin Scorsese and Bruce Springsteen, the 501©3 Rock and Roll Forever Foundation has provided free, standards-aligned resources through the teachrock.org curriculum to help teachers and students succeed for more than a decade.

In some places, over 50% of students dropout of high school. Of those dropouts, 60% will spend time in jail. Nearly 68% of all men in federal prison never earned a high school diploma. But research shows that positive engagement with one teacher or in one class is often enough to keep a student in school. TeachRock integrates the history, culture and science of music into every subject. Helping teachers be that teacher, and that teacher’s class be that class. 

During Covid school shutdowns, nearly 400% more teachers accessed TeachRock’s open-source, online curriculum. TeachRock currently reaches 23,000 schools in nearly 7,000 districts representing all 50 states. TeachRock has users in 121 countries. All of the K-12 resources at TeachRock.org are available to teachers, students, and families at no cost. 

The Fullerton School District is located in northern Orange County, California and serves over 12,100 students in grades TK – 8th.  The Fullerton School District includes 20 schools, 15 elementary schools, two K-8th grade schools, and three middle schools.  The mission of the Fullerton School District is to work collaboratively with the community to provide an innovative, high-quality educational program for all students in a safe learning environment. The District motto, “Great Schools – Successful Kids” exemplifies the belief that all students will achieve academic excellence, acquire interpersonal skills, and develop technological expertise to contribute as productive citizens in a democratic society.  For more information, call 714/447-7400 or visit www.fullertonsd.org.  

For more information, please feel free to contact Dr. Ginger Frady/Orangethorpe School Principal at 714/447-7730

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