Prof. Garrant's Reflection on Summer 2018

I am unsure of where to start, and so I begin somewhere at my “beginning” when I was a much-needed recipient of a teacher’s love and support, which continues to be a motivating factor for my desire to work with our youth and a vital resource for the strength and power I access regularly. I hope you will be patient and take this journey with me as it will shed some light on one I hope you will embark on one summer very soon.

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Andrew Donnelly
Update from "Business & Entrepreneurship": Cross-posting from the Harvard Business School blog

FROM LEARNING TO TEACHING BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Five weeks ago on May 24, we graduated from Harvard Business School with the Class of 2018. We moved out of our apartments and headed to Jackson, Mississippi for a weeklong training with Freedom Summer Collegiate. After training we drove to Meridian, Mississippi to teach a month-long summer class on Business and Entrepreneurship to high school students at the Meridian Freedom Project

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Andrew Donnelly
Writing a Syllabus for Freedom Summer Collegiate

"As I get ready to return to the Rosedale Freedom Project next summer, it is time again to make a syllabus. In many ways, the task does not get much easier-- it is always an equally exciting and frustrating challenge to cram your favorite ideas into four weeks. Still, in addition to guidance from the Freedom Summer Collegiate team, there are a few things I wish I knew last year . . . 

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Marc Aidnoff
Reflection from Rachel Greenspan

"...when students took a moment to defer judgment of the texts and their characters, they showed an open-minded willingness to approach their own attitudes, which felt so natural, intimate, and central to their sense of self, with some critical distance."

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Emily Gowen
Reflection from Michael Roswell

"I want to shout that success in our program can’t, of course, be measured by 3-week changes in ACT scores. Instead we hope it shows in college retentions and graduations a few years from now, in the courses and disciplines our students might engage that they wouldn’t have otherwise, in the college essay my 10th graders will write 2 years from now. But in opting for exposure (and not demanding understanding, ownership, and proficiency across the board), have I served the kids?"

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Emily Gowen
Reflection from Marc Aidinoff

"My students have indeed pushed my frameworks for evaluating technology policy. But the more important revelation for me has been a reconceptualization of politics. The Freedom Projects offer a model of change not simply through materiality, but more importantly through community. "

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Emily Gowen