This Summer: Freedom Schools Literacy Academy

Civic Action, Early Childhood Literacy, Educators | 05/26/2021

Jessica Handy
Government Affairs Director

Summer planning has been even crazier than usual. Fingers crossed – I think we are just about set. My rising first grader will go to his school district’s summer school in the mornings and his former day care after that. He will leave in mid-July when his school resumes their balanced (year-round) calendar after their COVID-related pause. (That almost sounds easy… like I didn’t make dozens of phone calls to figure that out… therein lies the ‘hidden mental load’ for moms, but I digress…)

If you are still in a pickle about how to support your kids’ learning recovery this summer – while providing them enriching and culturally-affirming curriculum – consider the 2021 Virtual Freedom Schools Literacy Academy by our valued partner, the Center for Black Educator Development. By pairing literacy learning opportunities for students who just finished grades K-2 with educator-apprenticeship opportunities to talented young Black and Brown college and high school students, the Center for Black Educator Development strives to diversify the teacher pipeline and provide culturally responsive, affirming, and literacy-focused programing for students.

There is no social justice without educational justice.

If you are an elected official, tell your constituents. Educators, parents, and caregivers, please spread the word. 2021 Virtual Freedom Schools Literacy Academy is free-of-charge to families. Furthermore, Stand for Children Illinois will provide the first 20 students in Illinois who participate in the literacy academy this summer with $200 worth of Black-affirming books at the end of the program.

Check out this helpful flyer, and thanks for considering. I hope you find a perfect summer solution for your family, whatever it may be.

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