Activity: Context Brainstorm


Activity: Context Brainstorm One way to gain perspective on your context is to map it out. Context Brainstorming is a simple exercise to generate a complex map of relationships that make up your community. By making these relationships explicit you can start to see the web of relationships that are playing out within your classroom.

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Rida Framework – Context

In order to begin the process of building humanizing classrooms, you must first understand your context, i.e. the place and community in which you teach. Our communities act as ecosystems, comprised of many interdependent elements: our schools, the economy, our systems of governance, our infrastructure and the stories we hear and tell about our communities.

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Rida Framework

The Rida Framework is the primary tool that DFS uses to humanize schooling. Inspired by Brazilian educator and theorist, Paolo Freire, this planning and evaluation tool asks educators to engage in continuous cycles of action and reflection. Freire believed that such cycles of critical thinking and action were key to any transformative learning process. The

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Between 2011 and 2014, DFS operated in 24 schools, employed 12 artists, partnered with more than 30 teachers and worked with over 3,000 students across the Metro Detroit area. Some teachers and their students partnered with us for multiple years and some for just one. DFS has demonstrated a lasting impact on individuals that resonates

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Theory of Change

DFS adapts Allied Media Projects’ theory of change to the context of education. We believe creating our own media* is a process of speaking and listening that allows us to investigate the problems that shape our realities, imagine other realities and organize our communities to make them real. When we train participants** to use media

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DFS at a Glance


Detroit Future Schools is a digital media arts program committed to humanizing schooling in Detroit. We work in a small number of anchor schools in addition to coordinating an afterschool program, called the Out-of-School Project. Through these programs we develop and evaluate core instructional practices. We then share our best practices through a local and

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