Highlights and stories of student success inside juvenile justice facilities. At BreakFree Education, we believe that all children have the right to learn, grow, and dream, so our mission is to radically improve education in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
Episode 6: Calling People In, Not Out With Sharnette Sims
Sharnette Sims, Principal of the Consuela B. York High School, located inside the Cook County adult jail, offers some terrific tips on leadership, including how she ‘calls people in’ instead of ‘calling people out.’
Episode 5: Small Steps Make A Big Difference with Eden Nelson, Scott Schult, and Elissa Flores
A group of tech-educators share what it takes to get the internet up and running inside of youth facilities, and ensure the technology gets used to make school engaging and meaningful, not simply as a tech-based substitute for packets.
Episode 4: Progress Through Intentionality with Henderson Lewis
Henderson Lewis, outgoing Superintendent of New Orleans Public Schools, talks about how he sees his work in New Orleans–and ensuring that students held in detention get a quality education–as a part of the larger civil rights struggle.
Episode 3: Education As a Superpower With Students from a Juvenile Facility in MO
A group of students from a juvenile facility in Missouri remind us how important it is to offer them choice, to trust in them, and see them as capable.
Episode 2: Tiny House, Big Impact With Robert Alexander
Robert Alexander, a tradesman turned teacher shares how he and a group of students designed and built a Tiny House, inside of a youth facility. You can access photos of the tiny house under "Podcasts" on our website at https://www.breakfree-ed.org/edupalooza-content.
Episode 1: Every Act Counts Toward Achieving Justice With David Domenici
David Domenici is the Executive Director of BreakFree Education and a longtime juvenile justice and education advocate. He joins us to talk about the many different people that play a role in a young person finding success in the juvenile justice classroom.