Florida A & M University College of Education - Developmental Research School Freedom School Program
 
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Our Mission

The FAMU COE - DRS Freedom School program is an approved Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School partner that believes in the CDF Leave No Child Behind® mission. It’s mission to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF Freedom Schools® program seeks to build strong, literate, and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world today.

Thus, it is the mission of the FAMU COE - DRS Freedom Schools Program to EMPOWER our scholars to become socially conscious about the issues impacting the well-being of children and the youth and those plaguing our communities. We intend to actively engage in activities geared towards increasing the literacy skills and prevent summer learning loss for participating scholars in the Southside of Tallahassee. Through meaningful partnerships with Florida A&M University College of Education and Florida State University College of Education, our Servant Leader Interns will participate in targeted professional development geared towards enhancing their pedagogical skills (with a focus on social justice through literacy education) and conduct research, demonstration, and evaluation of the management of teaching and learning.

 
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Empowering Today's Youth for a Better Tomorrow

 

The Right Place for Your Scholar!

A MULTI-YEAR ASSESSMENT OF CDF FREEDOM SCHOOLS PROGRAM SITES CONTINUOUSLY DEMONSTRATES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE INTEGRATED READING CURRICULUM, WHICH HAS PROVEN TO AVERT CHILDREN’S SUMMER LEARNING LOSS IN READING ACHIEVEMENT. LEARN MORE AT WWW.CHILDRENSDEFENSE.ORG/PROGRAMS/CDF-FREEDOM-SCHOOLS.

 
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MAKING SUMMER LEARNING FUN & REWARDING

Our scholars are actively engaged in the readings of culturally responsive books, which supports them and their families through five essential components: high quality academic enrichment; parent and family development; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational servant leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health.

Literacy is key to unlocking new a world of possibilities for all children. Thus, we encourage our young scholars to fall in love with reading so that they can feel good about learning and become living long readers. At the end of the program, our scholars are provided with a minimum of six (6) books to add to or create their home libraries.

Experiential learning

Enrichment activities are geared towards broadening scholars’ horizons through the development of new skills and contributes to students' personal and social development.

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National DAY OF SOCIAL ACTION

As expressed by Marian Wright Edelman, “children themselves play a crucial leadership role in righting terrible wrongs.” Thus, Freedom School scholars, Servant Leader Intern (SLIs), staff, and volunteers gather as a collective unit to participate in the CDF Freedom Schools National Day of Social Action to bring attention to specific issues plaguing our communities, this nation, or the world (i.e. childhood hunger, healthcare, gun violence, and etc.). Mrs. Edelman furthered, that this is an opportunity for scholars to use “their young voices to urge our lawmakers to embrace a moral obligation.”

To learn more, visit: www.childrensdefense.org/programs/cdf-freedom-schools/.