Here’s an outside-the-box approach to teaching Common Core standards. Two teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have founded Hip Hop University, “an upbeat approach” designed to help at-risk students grasp Common Core concepts. The HHU team uses positive hip-hop culture as a motivator and helps students put lessons to lyrics. HHU is part of the Philip O. Berry Academy of Technology. Using information gathered, in part, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the academy focuses on two issues in particular: dropout and imprisonment.