Posts Categorized: Chapter One

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

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Apply Now for the 2016 Rida Institute


Detroit Future Schools mission is to humanize education in Detroit.  We believe that in order to transform our school system, we as educators must begin by transforming our own practices and by designing our classrooms to nurture the transformative leadership of our students. Detroit teachers and students need these leadership skills more than ever, as

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Save the Date Rida Institute Summer Workshop Aug 1-3 2016


Just a quick heads up that this year’s Rida Institute Summer workshop is coming up Aug 1-3rd. New for this year the Rida Institute will be a year long! Kicking off in the summer with touch points throughout the year — here is some of what we’re planning so far Rida Institute Summer Workshop 2016 (Aug

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Detroit Future Schools Youth Launch “DFS Ideas” Campaign


Two weeks ago Detroit Teachers closed 88 Detroit schools as a protest of inhumane school conditions. Last week students walked of several DPS Schools in support of protesting teachers. It’s no secret, our school system needs serious change. At Detroit Future Schools we believe that this change should have Detroit’s young people at its center.

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Detroit Future Schools: Call for Teaching Artists


Detroit Future Schools is hiring Teaching Artists to implement media projects in DFS anchor schools, starting January 2016. Detroit Future Schools is a digital media arts program committed to humanizing schooling in Detroit. We work with teachers to integrate media making into the classroom while evaluating and refining core instructional practices. We provide students with

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Introducing the “DFS Guide to Humanizing Schooling”


Our mission at Detroit Future Schools (DFS) is to humanize schooling in Detroit. We share what we learn from our classrooms with educators in Detroit and beyond through curriculum consultation with teachers, our annual Rida Institute, and through publications sharing our best practices. We are excited to share the newly released Detroit Future Schools Guide

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“Creating Fertile Ground for Growth and Learning”: A student’s reflection on the Free Minds Free People Conference


In July, Detroit Future Schools participated in Free Minds Free People, a national conference that brings together teachers, students, researchers, parents and activists to explore how we can use education as a tool for liberation. Wayne Bussey II, Issra Killawi, and Alondra Casteñeda, participants in our Out-of-School Project (OSP), joined DFS’ director Nathaniel Mullen in

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DFS Data Murals Project: What Stories Can We Tell From Data?


During the 2014-2015 school year, Detroit Future Schools completed two “data mural” projects in Detroit schools, supported by the Bay and Paul Foundations, the Knight Arts Challenge and the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs. A data mural is public art that engages community members in a dialogue about data-driven representations and misrepresentations of

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