How do Schools Measure Success?

Tri-County Educational Center (TCEC) is an alternative school for Metro Detroit, serving young people who have either dropped out or been expelled from other school districts. DFS teaching artist Nate Mullen worked with classroom teachers Adelaide Fabiilli and Brooke Leiberman and 9th through 12th grade graphic design students to create a “data mural”, which used… Read More »

How to be a Boggs School student?

At the James and Grace Lee Boggs school, DFS teaching artist Alicia López Castañeda worked with classroom teacher Liz Kirk and the “Painted Turtles,” a mixed 2nd-3rd grade class. They spent the first semester shaping the classroom culture around the DFS Rida framework, exploring the DFS “11 essential skills” and digital media such as photography… Read More »

Rida Institute 2016: What Humanizing Schooling Means to Us

In early August, we convened 20 educators from Metro Detroit to kick off the 2016 Rida Institute at our three-day summer retreat. The Rida Institute is a year-long training for educators with a focus on critical pedagogy. At the summer retreat, we spent three days exploring and experiencing what “humanizing schooling” means to us as… Read More »

Apply to be a youth Media Maker with DFS!

DFS is launching our second Out of School Project in May 2017. The OSP Summer Workshop will take place from May – August 2017, and is led by DFS youth researchers Alondra Castañeda, Wayne Bussey II and Issra Killawi. Check out the info and application below: WHAT As part of furthering our work to humanize… Read More »