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BreakFree Education A student's potential cannot be confined 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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We're raising funds to continue our monthly book club for students held in confinement, with our partners at Freedom Rea...
08/30/2021

We're raising funds to continue our monthly book club for students held in confinement, with our partners at Freedom Reads!
Donate today: https://bit.ly/3gL7lBG

We're raising funds to continue our monthly book club for students held in confinement, with our partners at Freedom Reads!
Donate today: https://bit.ly/3gL7lBG

Have experience with google workspace? Are you a technology trainer? We want you to join our team! Check out our new job...
06/27/2021

Have experience with google workspace? Are you a technology trainer? We want you to join our team!

Check out our new job posting here: https://bit.ly/3xZIhgE

Have experience with google workspace? Are you a technology trainer? We want you to join our team!

Check out our new job posting here: https://bit.ly/3xZIhgE

We're looking for someone to help lead our fellowship program for returning citizens! If you're a technology coach or ha...
06/19/2021

We're looking for someone to help lead our fellowship program for returning citizens! If you're a technology coach or have experience supporting adults with workforce development, please apply! And help us spread the word! More info: https://bit.ly/3cT4hSd

We're looking for someone to help lead our fellowship program for returning citizens! If you're a technology coach or have experience supporting adults with workforce development, please apply! And help us spread the word! More info: https://bit.ly/3cT4hSd

Don't miss our special edition podcast! Christopher, a student in L.A. joins us and poet Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley to di...
05/28/2021

Don't miss our special edition podcast! Christopher, a student in L.A. joins us and poet Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley to discuss his poetry.

⭐ Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vs4ZwY

⭐ Listen on Apple: https://apple.co/3yGsOmT

⭐ Listen on RSS: https://bit.ly/3ulYWJ1

Don't miss our special edition podcast! Christopher, a student in L.A. joins us and poet Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley to discuss his poetry.

⭐ Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vs4ZwY

⭐ Listen on Apple: https://apple.co/3yGsOmT

⭐ Listen on RSS: https://bit.ly/3ulYWJ1

We hope you take a moment to hear from on of our #WordsUnlocked poetry winners as he shares about the meaning of coexist...
05/27/2021
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We hope you take a moment to hear from on of our #WordsUnlocked poetry winners as he shares about the meaning of coexistence, the healing power of words, and the importance of being a “growing” rather than “grown” person. https://bit.ly/3ulYWJ1 #StudentVoices #BreakFree

In this episode we’re joined by poet Sha’Condria "iCon" Sibley and Christopher, a winning student from our 2021 Words Unlocked contest. Words Unlocked is a nationwide poetry initiative and contest sponsored by BreakFree Education during National poetry month in April for students in juvenile jus...

Special edition podcast out now! Listen to our Voices of #WordsUnlocked where we're joined by poet Sha'Condria "iCon" Si...
05/26/2021

Special edition podcast out now! Listen to our Voices of #WordsUnlocked where we're joined by poet Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley and Christopher, a 2021 WU winner! You'll hear Christopher’s story and poem, and we know you’ll sign off having learned something https://bit.ly/3ulYWJ1

Special edition podcast out now! Listen to our Voices of #WordsUnlocked where we're joined by poet Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley and Christopher, a 2021 WU winner! You'll hear Christopher’s story and poem, and we know you’ll sign off having learned something https://bit.ly/3ulYWJ1

Poet and artist Holly Bass is helping us close out Edupalooza week with a special performance today. Please join us as w...
05/07/2021

Poet and artist Holly Bass is helping us close out Edupalooza week with a special performance today. Please join us as we wrap up this incredible week!
Learn more: https://www.breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

Poet and artist Holly Bass is helping us close out Edupalooza week with a special performance today. Please join us as we wrap up this incredible week!
Learn more: https://www.breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

Join us today for a special performance by Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley as a part of our live Zoom meeting for Edupalooza. ...
05/05/2021

Join us today for a special performance by Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley as a part of our live Zoom meeting for Edupalooza. Learn more and register here: https://www.breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

Join us today for a special performance by Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley as a part of our live Zoom meeting for Edupalooza. Learn more and register here: https://www.breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

We can't wait for these three incredible poets to join us for exclusive live performances during Edupalooza! You won't w...
04/29/2021

We can't wait for these three incredible poets to join us for exclusive live performances during Edupalooza! You won't want to miss these. To join, be sure to register!

May 3: Dwayne Betts
May 5: Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley
May 7: Holly Bass

Events hosted on Zoom @ 4:00PM EST

We can't wait for these three incredible poets to join us for exclusive live performances during Edupalooza! You won't want to miss these. To join, be sure to register!

May 3: Dwayne Betts
May 5: Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley
May 7: Holly Bass

Events hosted on Zoom @ 4:00PM EST

We're thrilled to share our calendar for next week's Edupalooza! With a great lineup of on-demand presentations and live...
04/28/2021

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

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

Tim Siebles shares his poem "For Brothers Everywhere" about basketball, the feeling of playing the game, and the connect...
04/21/2021
Words Unlocked: Tim Siebles

Tim Siebles shares his poem "For Brothers Everywhere" about basketball, the feeling of playing the game, and the connections it makes. Thanks for sharing this, Tim, and helping our students understand poetry can be about anything we care about. https://youtu.be/dQL02a1oKmw

Have you registered for our Edupalooza yet? A week-long conference with workshops connecting educators and sharing criti...
04/19/2021

Have you registered for our Edupalooza yet? A week-long conference with workshops connecting educators and sharing critical resources to enhance students’ learning! Come join us. See you there! https://www.breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

Have you registered for our Edupalooza yet? A week-long conference with workshops connecting educators and sharing critical resources to enhance students’ learning! Come join us. See you there! https://www.breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza

Calling all educators! Join us for our online, week-long PD event highlighting innovative and creative practices taking ...
04/14/2021

Calling all educators! Join us for our online, week-long PD event highlighting innovative and creative practices taking place in schools inside of secure juvenile facilities across the country. Register: https://bit.ly/3wT7vgN

Calling all educators! Join us for our online, week-long PD event highlighting innovative and creative practices taking place in schools inside of secure juvenile facilities across the country. Register: https://bit.ly/3wT7vgN

On this 2nd Friday of #NationalPoetryMonth and #WordsUnlocked, we're sharing Celina Su's poem and thoughtful words on th...
04/09/2021
Words Unlocked: Celina Su

On this 2nd Friday of #NationalPoetryMonth and #WordsUnlocked, we're sharing Celina Su's poem and thoughtful words on the power of poetry. Thank you Celina for this message. Students, are working hard on their poems and we can't wait to share them soon! https://youtu.be/qg4S7vastsg

April is #NationalPoetryMonth and we've partnered w/ Million Book Project to collect videos from poets to share with inc...
04/01/2021
Words Unlocked: Dwayne Betts

April is #NationalPoetryMonth and we've partnered w/ Million Book Project to collect videos from poets to share with incarcerated youth participating in our #WordsUnlocked Poetry Contest. Here's Reginald Dwayne Betts reading Lucille Clifton! https://youtu.be/o8ltkAjw298

If you have a poem you want to share, please check out our guidelines for submitting: https://bit.ly/3ugZost

In the spirit of National Poetry Month, we are excited to announce our April initiative: Words Unlocked, a poetry writin...
03/18/2021

In the spirit of National Poetry Month, we are excited to announce our April initiative: Words Unlocked, a poetry writing project and competition. Register to participate here: http://bit.ly/3eZFaPD Learn more: https://www.breakfree-ed.org/wordsunlocked

In the spirit of National Poetry Month, we are excited to announce our April initiative: Words Unlocked, a poetry writing project and competition. Register to participate here: http://bit.ly/3eZFaPD Learn more: https://www.breakfree-ed.org/wordsunlocked

Register for our April book club! We're focusing on books of poetry from for National Poetry Month. If you work at a juv...
03/03/2021

Register for our April book club! We're focusing on books of poetry from for National Poetry Month. If you work at a juvenile facility, sign up for free facilitation guides and a chance to win free books http://bit.ly/3sGpPGY

Register for our April book club! We're focusing on books of poetry from for National Poetry Month. If you work at a juvenile facility, sign up for free facilitation guides and a chance to win free books http://bit.ly/3sGpPGY

Students competing in our Unbound Readathon redesigned book covers... wow are they creative!  Check out the two winning ...
02/18/2021

Students competing in our Unbound Readathon redesigned book covers... wow are they creative! Check out the two winning designs: Looking for Alaska, redesigned by a student in NE, and The Shining, redesigned by a student in MO!

Students competing in our Unbound Readathon redesigned book covers... wow are they creative! Check out the two winning designs: Looking for Alaska, redesigned by a student in NE, and The Shining, redesigned by a student in MO!

Congratulations to our Unconstruct Design Thinking challenge winners. Students learned about challenges faces by homeles...
02/11/2021

Congratulations to our Unconstruct Design Thinking challenge winners. Students learned about challenges faces by homeless communities and designed housing solutions to meet their needs. Winner, KP, designed a tent-like, transportable housing solution to keep runaway teens safe.

Design Thinking can transform your classroom and tap into your students’ most innovative talents.
02/10/2021

Design Thinking can transform your classroom and tap into your students’ most innovative talents.

Schools participating in our Unbound Readathon competeted in a door decorating contest.  Look at these amazing designs! ...
02/10/2021

Schools participating in our Unbound Readathon competeted in a door decorating contest. Look at these amazing designs! #IAmNotYourPerfectMexicanDaughter #CloudyWithAChanceofMeatballs #RedScarfGirl #BreakFreeEd

Schools participating in our Unbound Readathon competeted in a door decorating contest. Look at these amazing designs! #IAmNotYourPerfectMexicanDaughter #CloudyWithAChanceofMeatballs #RedScarfGirl #BreakFreeEd

Educators, if you've participated in one of our initiatives this year, please help us by filling out our mid-year survey...
02/09/2021

Educators, if you've participated in one of our initiatives this year, please help us by filling out our mid-year survey!

This feedback is critical to our ability to offer resources and materials that best fit you and your students' needs.
We are grateful for you taking the time to complete this survey.

https://form.jotform.com/210346191512042

Educators, if you've participated in one of our initiatives this year, please help us by filling out our mid-year survey!

This feedback is critical to our ability to offer resources and materials that best fit you and your students' needs.
We are grateful for you taking the time to complete this survey.

https://form.jotform.com/210346191512042

“I am dyslexic, but that won’t stop me from achieving my goals, because Albert Einstein also had a learning disability.”...
02/05/2021
An opportunity to explore different emotions, thoughts and ideas

“I am dyslexic, but that won’t stop me from achieving my goals, because Albert Einstein also had a learning disability.”
-Kevin, January 2021 Travis Hill School Graduate

Read more about Kevin's story and other updates on education in juvenile facilities in our recent newsletter: bit.ly/3roZaOi

Registration is open for our March book club!  We're focusing on Elizabeth Acevedo's National Book Award winning, Poet X...
02/02/2021

Registration is open for our March book club! We're focusing on Elizabeth Acevedo's National Book Award winning, Poet X.

If you work at a juvenile facility, sign up your school for free facilitation guides and a chance to win free books http://bit.ly/3j8smGm

Registration is open for our March book club! We're focusing on Elizabeth Acevedo's National Book Award winning, Poet X.

If you work at a juvenile facility, sign up your school for free facilitation guides and a chance to win free books http://bit.ly/3j8smGm

It's Feb. 1st and the first day of our #Unbound Readathon!  Time to get reading!  #BreakFreeEd
02/01/2021

It's Feb. 1st and the first day of our #Unbound Readathon! Time to get reading! #BreakFreeEd

It's Feb. 1st and the first day of our #Unbound Readathon! Time to get reading! #BreakFreeEd

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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!
What if Mississippi adopted a similar educational component for i our incarcerated population.
Friends, I hope you'll join me in embracing incarcerated and formerly incarcerated teens and young adults as our own. Support us and help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 via Facebook on Giving Tuesday.
I was happy to designate the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings as the recipient of my FB birthday fundraiser! Contributions exceeded my goal, and while not a HUGE amount, allowed me to contribute to this fine work!