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Our mission is to radically improve education in the juvenile and criminal justice systems by investing in the potential and dignity of all its students.

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Register for Unexplored in October: Students will explore slope and y-intercept and solve linear equations while investi...
09/26/2022

Register for Unexplored in October: Students will explore slope and y-intercept and solve linear equations while investigating the risk of bone density loss and oxygen limitations for astronauts.

https://www.breakfree-ed.org/unexplored

Register for Unsung and help your students harness the power of music to create, produce, and share songs that address g...
09/22/2022

Register for Unsung and help your students harness the power of music to create, produce, and share songs that address global issues they are passionate about.

Runs throughout October!

https://www.breakfree-ed.org/unsung

“School was an anchor for me when I was in a very desolate place in my life.”Check out our recent newsletter with update...
09/14/2022

“School was an anchor for me when I was in a very desolate place in my life.”

Check out our recent newsletter with updates on the upcoming school year and highlights from the summer - https://mailchi.mp/breakfree-ed/sept2022

It's time to register for our October book club! We're focusing on DIG by A.S. King. If you work at a school in a juveni...
09/07/2022

It's time to register for our October book club! We're focusing on DIG by A.S. King.

If you work at a school in a juvenile facility, enter to win a set of books from our partners at Freedom Reads.
http://ow.ly/sHHy50KCx6q

05/21/2022

Eden Nelson tell us that when it comes to tech and security, we shouldn't be thinking "how can we lock a student down?" but "how can we keep them safe?" so that young people are still able to explore their passions in confinement. If you missed this conversation during , we've made it available for streaming wherever you listent to podcasts! https://spoti.fi/3vzKReH

05/16/2022

may be over but you can still revisit our podcast archive! In this episode, Sharnette Sims gives us her two cents on the topic of safety vs. security in juvenile facilites. Listen and share to the podcast here: https://spoti.fi/3vzKReH

05/13/2022

We all learn through our struggles and students in confinement who are working on a are no different! If you missed this conversation with Robert Alexander, you can listen to our Talks podcasts here: https://spoti.fi/3vzKReH

05/11/2022

Did you miss out on our podcast episodes during ? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

Listen to Superintendent Henderson Lewis' experience of leading schools across New Orleans, and the importance of his identity as a Black man doing just that. https://spoti.fi/3vzKReH

05/09/2022

🎉 🎉 Thank YOU for making such an incredible event! For the next few weeks, you can still access all of the podcasts, workshops, & live event recordings on our website www.breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza-content! You don't want to miss this opportunity! Check it out today!

Join us at 7pm EST tonight for a live event with spoken word artist and poet iCon Sibley! We will also host a Q&A with o...
05/06/2022

Join us at 7pm EST tonight for a live event with spoken word artist and poet iCon Sibley! We will also host a Q&A with our week 1, day 5 workshop presenters! Register for to obtain the zoom link - https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza!

Join us at 7pm EST tonight for a live event which will include some friendly competitions, live poetry, an Untalent show...
05/05/2022

Join us at 7pm EST tonight for a live event which will include some friendly competitions, live poetry, an Untalent show, and more! We will also host a Q&A with our week 1, day 4 workshop presenters! Register for to obtain the zoom link - https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza!

Join us at 7pm EST tonight for a live event with poet and MaCarthur Genius Fellow, Dwayne Betts! We will also host a Q&A...
05/04/2022

Join us at 7pm EST tonight for a live event with poet and MaCarthur Genius Fellow, Dwayne Betts! We will also host a Q&A with our week 1, day 3 workshop presenters! Register for to obtain the zoom link - https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza!

Join us at 7pm EST tonight for a live event with the author, public defender and professor at Georgetown Law Center, Kri...
05/03/2022

Join us at 7pm EST tonight for a live event with the author, public defender and professor at Georgetown Law Center, Kristin Henning! We will also host a Q&A with our week 1, day 2 workshop presenters! Register for to obtain the zoom link - https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza!

Join us at 7pm EST tonight for a live event with professor of design at Stanford Education School and author of Hip Hop ...
05/02/2022

Join us at 7pm EST tonight for a live event with professor of design at Stanford Education School and author of Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education, Sam Seidel! We will also host a Q&A with our week 1, day 1 workshop presenters! Register for to obtain the zoom link - https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza!

Join us next week for  Week 2 with live events each evening at 7pm EST featuring keynote speakers, Q&A with workshop pre...
04/29/2022

Join us next week for Week 2 with live events each evening at 7pm EST featuring keynote speakers, Q&A with workshop presenters from Week 1, and more! You don't want to miss it! Register at https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza.

04/29/2022

Are we doing people work or paperwork, asks Sharnette Sims? She also reminds us of the importance of taking care of ourselves to stay passionate about the work we do. Access this important conversation and all of our Talks episodes by registering now: https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza.

Join us for day 5 of  to access these great workshops! It's not too late to register and access all five days of content...
04/29/2022

Join us for day 5 of to access these great workshops! It's not too late to register and access all five days of content! Register at https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza.

04/28/2022

What does it mean to create a training plan for teachers using in juvenile facilities? In this episode of Talks, we sit down with a group of tech gurus who give us practical solutions to many of the issues educators are faced with in the classroom. To access this special talk and more like it, register at https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza.

04/27/2022

Superintendent Henderson Lewis breaks down his equity-focused funding formula, how he does it with a decentralized school system, and how to maintain flexibility to truly meet the needs of all students. It's not too late to register and get access to this episode of Talks! https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

04/26/2022

Day 2, podcast 2! Learn how a construction project gave youth in confinement a sense of ownership — and how giving young people that autonomy gave a teacher insight on how to handle conflict. It's not too late to register and recieve access to all of our Talks episodes and live speakers: https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza.

04/25/2022

Talks, our very first podcast is OUT! David Domenici tell us what kind of leadership he thinks is empowering for students in confinement and discusses how we all play a role in helping young people get the education they deserve — from administators to everyday people. Don't miss out on this special podcast series. Register now: https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza.

Today is the day! , a free online conference for educators is happening now thru May 6. Check out the on-demand binge-wo...
04/25/2022

Today is the day! , a free online conference for educators is happening now thru May 6. Check out the on-demand binge-worthy PD workshops this week and the live events next week!
Register: https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

It starts Monday!!!, a FREE online conference for juvenile justice educators April 25 - May 615+ workshopsPodcastsLive e...
04/23/2022

It starts Monday!!!

, a FREE online conference for juvenile justice educators April 25 - May 6

15+ workshops
Podcasts
Live events
Free PD certificates
Prizes
and so much more...

Register Now: https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

04/22/2022

A student at Wilson Creek in MO told us that they weren't always motivated to try hard in school. Here's how they shifted their mindset.

Register at https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza to listen to our inpsiring student panel and for access to all of our Talks podcast episodes.

04/21/2022

In this episode we ask Henderson Lewis why every superintendent should care about the education of youth in confinement this is what he said. As an educator for 25+ years, Lewis provides deep insight on how his work fits into the larger ongoing struggle to ensure that all students, particularly African-American kids growing up in the south, get the education they deserve.

You don't want to miss this Talks! Register here: https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

Finding the balance between allowing teachers and students to use technology in innovative ways and keeping students saf...
04/20/2022

Finding the balance between allowing teachers and students to use technology in innovative ways and keeping students safe while online is a complex task. This workshop will discuss the 1:1 program at York High School located inside Cook County Jail in Chicago, IL. Access "Finding the Balance in a 1:1 Device Program" by Stephen Godfrey & Abraham Watson and more as part of ! Register today at https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

04/20/2022

Robert Alexander, a construction worker turned teacher, tells us the story of how his students decided to build a . This episode of Talks is a fun and inspiring conversation that highlights how to give students more autonomy in creative ways. To access the podcast, make sure to register! https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

Whether it be a discussion around race in social studies or a book club conversation that gets into themes of trauma, St...
04/19/2022

Whether it be a discussion around race in social studies or a book club conversation that gets into themes of trauma, Strategies for Tough Conversations by Lab Education will share tips for managing those conversations in a healthy and effective way. Access this workshop and more as part of ! Register today at https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

04/16/2022

As the principal of Consuella B. York High School inside the Cook County Adult Jail in Chicago, IL, Sharnette Sims tells us how she builds culture in the workplace through calling people in vs. calling people out. In this Talks episode, Sharnette talks with David Domenici about the importance of being solution-oriented, and more!

To hear from other inspiring leaders like Sims, register at https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza!

04/15/2022

Tech gurus are the unsung heroes in juvenile facilites, making it easier for teachers and students to show up each day for class. In this episode of Talks, Scott Schult shares a simple idea that helps students take ownership of their education. Listen here to learn more on how technology is enhancing the classroom experience for students held in confinement.

Access more conversations like this by registering at https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza!

Register today to join us for an  live event with professor of design at Stanford Education School and author of Hip Hop...
04/14/2022

Register today to join us for an live event with professor of design at Stanford Education School and author of Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education, Sam Seidel! Register at https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza!

Access the workshop "Stories with Style" by Elizabeth Norris & Ed Campos to learn about how a project based learning opp...
04/13/2022

Access the workshop "Stories with Style" by Elizabeth Norris & Ed Campos to learn about how a project based learning opportunity for system impacted youth in Kings County, California was developed and more as part of ! Register today at https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza.

04/13/2022

We're kicking off our Talks podcast with David Domenici. In this conversation he tells us what he believes is the number one ingredient to being a great teacher. What's yours?

Tune in to learn about David's roots in education and hear his thoughts on the important roles that various stakeholders play in system involved students' success.

To get access to this talk, register at https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza!

We're thrilled to share our calendar for our upcoming ! With a great lineup of on-demand presentations released each day...
04/12/2022

We're thrilled to share our calendar for our upcoming ! With a great lineup of on-demand presentations released each day, this conference is sure to make an impact! There's still time to register! https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON! We’re two weeks away from ! For 2 weeks we'll be highlighting best practices for educators at juven...
04/11/2022

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON! We’re two weeks away from ! For 2 weeks we'll be highlighting best practices for educators at juvenile justice facilities. From daily releases of on-demand workshops to live Q&A sessions, you won't want to miss this! Register now to receive updates! https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza.

Have you registered for  yet? Week 1: On-demand, virtual workshops highlighting successful practicesWeek 2: Live Q&A ses...
04/06/2022

Have you registered for yet?

Week 1: On-demand, virtual workshops highlighting successful practices
Week 2: Live Q&A sessions

Come learn innovative practices and see how you can engage your students more effectively! https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

Calling all educators! Join us for, , our online FREE PD event highlighting innovative and creative practices taking pla...
03/31/2022

Calling all educators! Join us for, , our online FREE PD event highlighting innovative and creative practices taking place in schools inside of secure juvenile facilities across the country. Register: https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

FREE PD at your own pace? Look no further than our upcoming Edupalooza!Daily pre-recorded workshops Live Q&A PanelsResou...
03/28/2022

FREE PD at your own pace? Look no further than our upcoming Edupalooza!

Daily pre-recorded workshops
Live Q&A Panels
Resource links

We've got you covered! Join us April 25-May 6
Register: https://breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

We’re hosting a virtual gathering for you to learn more about our IRAA/Second Look Fellowship! If you're an IRAA grantee...
01/06/2022

We’re hosting a virtual gathering for you to learn more about our IRAA/Second Look Fellowship! If you're an IRAA grantee looking to advance your career or a nonprofit looking to support IRAA grantees, join to learn more!

Register here: https://bit.ly/337D6RI

Partners from The Sentencing Project, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Neighbors for Justice will be present.

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In December 2021, residents of Stevenson House Detention Center, a juvenile justice facility in Milford, Delaware, participated in a special project called the “Sending Some Holiday Love Book Project.” Sponsored by the organization BreakFree Education, participating residents received holiday books to send as gifts, and recorded readings of the books for loved ones or children experiencing foster care. The project was a great success, providing holiday cheer and a fun way for youth to give back.
Youth at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center in Northeast Portland recently won a national design contest geared toward solutions in social justice. The BreakFree Education project,
“Unconstruct” Design Thinking and Cardboard Challenge, required youth to explore the challenges faced by homeless populations & develop housing solutions.

The challenge asked youth to uncover a problem and use engineer, design thinking to create a solution. It also allows students to practice Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) principles. Oregon Department of Education requires that high school graduates receive at least three years of science and three years of math. STEM learning falls under those graduation requirements. Watch the video to learn more.

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Two Students at Gentry Residential Treatment Center won a nationwide shoe design contest sponsored by BreakFree Education. This contest was part of Breakfree’s 10- day “Undivided” Initiative. This civic-engagement initiative focused on gun control and the March for Our Lives Movement. Division of Youth Services’ students were awarded a personal Chromebook for their winning designs!
All week we will be publishing the winners of
BreakFree Education's Words Unlocked poetry competition, featuring the work of youth in facilities. Today: "No Love Lost," written by Heaven A. at the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center in Texas https://bit.ly/3fwzfzY
All week we will be publishing the winners of
BreakFree Education's Words Unlocked poetry competition, featuring the work of youth in facilities. Today: "Circle," by B. Collins, written at Bootcamp Perrin in Texas
https://bit.ly/3bBIXzR
Division of Youth Services’ Datema House students participated in the BreakFree Education's "Unknown" initiative. Through Unknown, students learned about HeLa cells and Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta Lacks, a black woman living near the height of the segregation era, had her cells taken from a tumor without her knowledge or consent, as she was fighting cervical cancer in 1951. This cell line changed medical research, has saved countless lives, and tested ethics in medical studies.

The Unknown Project encouraged Datema House students to use their artistic skills by designing sketchnotes and self-portraits, while learning more about science and its intersection with race and gender.

To learn more about Henrietta Lacks and the contribution of her HeLa cells in medicine, check out her biography, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or the HBO film of the same name starring Oprah Winfrey.

youtube.com/watch?v=X-jxEX1XQpY
🏅🎖️🏆Two Division of Youth Services programs were named as top schools in students’ accumulated reading minutes in BreakFree Education's Unbound Read-a-thon. Last month, 44 schools in 26 states participated in the education competition. Sierra-Osage in the Southeast Region earned one of the top two spots in the History category while Wilson Creek in the Southwest Region was named as one of the top two schools in the Fantasy/Sci-fi category. Way to go Missouri Youth! 🙌 🙇 📚
Students at Division of Youth Services' Datema House participated in BreakFree Education Unconstruct competition. Using design theory, the students created model homes to solve the unique problems facing the burgeoning homeless population. The students enjoyed this creative, hands on project while learning a valuable lesson about empathy.
I received Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds from one of your book lotteries. We started reading it this week! My students absolutely love it. They do not want to put it down! It has been so exciting to work with them and read this book! Thank you for choosing me and for sending this awesome book!
“Although times are tough, remember that there are people supporting and thinking about you, including me.”

Young students in prison are isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings's volunteer letter-writing campaign aims to foster human connection beyond the walls of confinement.

Sign up to write your own letter by May 31st:
🎄3 young fathers committed to DJJ are sending a piece of themselves home for the holidays, thanks to Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings “Sending Some Love” program. They recorded themselves reading a bedtime story. Book & recording will be sent home to their little ones. 📖🎁
What if Mississippi adopted a similar educational component for i our incarcerated population.
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