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

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Marian Wright Edelman,

CEO & President of the Children’s Defense Fund

www.ChildrensDefense.org

74% of program participants either maintained or gained instructional reading levels and did not experience summer learning loss

The Fierce Urgency of Now: CDF Freedom Schools and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

In this study, we explored how K-8 student scholars experience culturally relevant texts provided during Freedom Schools summer camps, discuss ways Freedom Schools can be a vehicle for youth to become advocates for social change, and consider opportunities created by Freedom Schools for community engagement and partnerships. 

The majority of scholars who participated in the 2016 North Florida Freedom Schools, reported being able to identify with specific characters and situations in the books included in the culturally relevant reading summer program, and they expressed positive thoughts and feelings about the books. Most scholars (74%) maintained or gained in instructional reading levels and did not experience summer learning loss. Children’s confidence that they could act prosocially also increased significantly during the summer camps, which children characterized as different from regular school. Freedom Schools can offer a valuable forum for diverse community members to learn about one another, focus on their strengths, and become agents for social change. We provide suggestions for how other communities can implement the Freedom Schools model.

Freedom Schools can offer a valuable forum for diverse community members to learn about one another, focus on their strengths, and become agents for social change.

Source:
Roehrig, A. D., Clemons, K. M., & Norris, K. (2018). The fierce urgency of now: CDF Freedom Schools and culturally relevant pedagogy. In E. Ortlieb, & E.H. Cheek Jr. (Eds.), Addressing diversity in literacy instruction (pp. 251-269). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.

What we get wrong about the poverty gap in education

By Mical Raz

July 2, 2018

“To tackle poverty and educational issues, programs need to focus on providing access to food, housing, education and health care — all necessary to thrive — and not the potential inadequacies of parents.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/07/02/what-we-get-wrong-about-the-poverty-gap-in-education/?utm_term=.970b797ea36c

Stepping Up: New Policies and Strategies Supporting Parents in Low-Wage Jobs and Their Children

August 2, 2018

A new report from the National Women’s Law Center suggests strategies to increase parents’ income, improve access to job training and paid leave. It will also ensure high-quality early childhood opportunities.

Source: https://nwlc.org/resources/stepping-up-new-policies-and-strategies-supporting-parents-in-low-wage-jobs-and-their-children/

Children Defense Fund Director MaryLee Allen Says the Number of Children without Insurance Is on the Rise

January 9, 2019

MaryLee Allen enumerates the reasons that we saw an increase in the number of uninsured children nation-wide in 2017.

Source: https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/422241-children-defense-fund-director-marylee-allen-says-the-number-of-children