How the African Step Dance ignited kids at Ron Clark Academy

How the African STEP Dance Ignited Kids at Ron Clark Academy

African Step, based on the African Gum Boot Dance, has an American version with a competition. Junior Bernadin @jbernadin one of the STEP coaches at 3-time national champion winning Ron Clark Academy. Learn about this marvelous type of song/ dance and its role in African American culture. Also, hear about Junior's commitment to excellence and what students learn from competing in this dance competition.

How step ignited kids at Ron Clark Academy

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In today's show, we'll discuss Junior's work with the RCA step team:

  • The origins of step
  • How step came to Ron Clark Academy
  • What students learn from step competition
  • His students' story from beginning step to winning the national championship
  • The journey Junior has taken with the students

I hope you enjoy this episode with Junior!

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Full Bio

Junior BernadinJunior Bernadin of Ron Clark Academy

Junior Bernadin is a Dean of Students and IT Director at the highly-acclaimed Ron Clark Academy (RCA). In addition to his daily roles at RCA, he currently serves as one of the coaches of the current 3-time National Step League Middle School Champions, the Essentials Step Team.

In addition to his daily roles at RCA, he currently serves as one of the coaches of the current 3-time National Step League Middle School Champions, the Essentials Step Team.


Photographs of Students on the STEP Team provided by Junior

Step team members are required to do community service as part of their work.

Step Practice at Ron Clark Academy

Step Practice at Ron Clark Academy

Step competitions are colorful and beautiful. (see the video above)

Community service as part of participating in step.

Three-time national champions – Ron Clark Academy step team

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Tara Brown April 19, 2017 - 7:27 am

I LOVE The RCA! You guys are awesome! Great show! Thank you!


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