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East TN

Freedom Schools®

  2019 Assessment Data



  • Most children, 86%, improved or maintained their 
    instructional reading level.

  • 90% of parents say

    • child is a better reader 

    • child believes they can make a difference

    • they will be more engaged in child's school work.
       

  • Children participated in social action against gun violence and demonstrated self-empowerment.

East TN

Freedom Schools®

  2018 Assessment Data



  • Most children, 100%, improved or maintained their 
    instructional reading level.
     

  • 90% of parents say

    • their child is a better reader 

    • their child believes they can make a difference

    • they will be more engaged in child's school work.
       

  • Children participated in social action to increase voter participation and demonstrated self-empowerment.

East TN

Freedom Schools®

  2017 Assessment Data

  • Most children, 84%, improved or maintained their 
    instructional reading level.
     

  • 90% of parents say

    • their child is a better reader 

    • their child believes they can make a difference

    • they will be more engaged in child's school work.
       

  • Children participated in social action by protesting against planned cuts to SNAP/EBT with a  march on Gay Street & Market Square.

Give us a call:

1-408-806-9467

The Freedom School Story

The Children’s Defense Fund’s (CDF) Freedom Schools® program is a six-week long summer enrichment program with 3 hours of reading per day. The program helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, cultivates positive attitudes toward learning, and reduces summer reading loss—one of the major challenges affecting poor and working-class children. With the help of a researched-based curriculum that is based on culturally responsive books that reflect their own images and caring and supportive college students that serve as teachers, Freedom Schools successfully address summer reading loss and a related decrease in students’ motivation to read.

 

In addition to offering high-quality academic enrichment, CDF Freedom Schools supports children and families in the areas of parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational leadership development, and health -- physical, mental, and nutritional. With the support of caring adults and communities we will aid our children’s successful journey into adulthood.

The scholars we serve at the CDF Freedom Schools are primarily children who are members of economically disadvantaged families. Attending our school is FREE for all families and children 5-18 are eligible. We create a fun learning environment in every classroom where the child-to-teacher ratio is 10:1.

The teachers at Freedom Schools, our next generation of leaders, are college students and recent college graduates. We invest in them by providing them training at the annual Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute that is held at the CDF Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tenn. and at facilities in Knoxville, Tenn. We call our teachers Servant Leader Interns (SLIs) and the knowledge and experience they receive at the Training Institute prepares them well to teach the program and advocate for children.

Our site in East Knoxville will host 60 scholars, 6 Servant Leader Interns, and a Site Coordinator. Our Blount County site will have the same number of scholars and staff. The site at Maynard Elementary will host 50 scholars, 5 Servant Leader Interns, and a Site Coordinator. One Project Director will be responsible for all three sites. Scholars will have two meals and one snack per day, one field trip per week, and a variety of afternoon activities including robotics, STEM, money management, debate, public speaking, physical fitness, and art.

Executive Director and Project Director: 

Denise J. Dean is passionate about and committed to the betterment of children. She uses her corporate experience and elementary school teacher training in service to creating a high-quality educational and developmental experience for your children. 


Freedom Schools Literacy Curriculum Consultant: 

Evetty Satterfield has championed youth for over 10 years! She holds a Special Ed degree from Alabama A&M University and a Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She has served in various capacity with Children's Defense Fund Freedom School for a total of 9 years. She believes that the key to educating our scholars are educators who are able to love our kids unconditionally and remove any and every barrier for them to achieve success.

East Knoxville

Site Coordinator:

Kiara Blain

 

Servant Leader Interns: 

OPEN (3)

Libby Dayhuff

Neyasha Honorable is a rising senior at East Tennessee State University, where I am studying Sports Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship. In my free time I enjoy reading, running and exploring new things. I have a passion for kids and I look forward to a great summer.

Jazmyne Page is a recent graduate from Southern Adventist University where she earned a Master's in School Counseling. Helping children, teens and young adults has always been a passion of hers and she is excited to be working at Freedom Schools this summer to fulfill that passion. In a world that is becoming more and more technologically advanced, she has always enjoyed reading a nice hard cover book. There is nothing more satisfying than laying by the fire when it's raining with a good book in hand. 

Mechanicsville

Site Coordinator:

Sierra Cotham

 

Servant Leader Interns: 

OPEN (4)

Blount County

Site Coordinator:

OPEN

 

Servant Leader Interns: 

Caleb Moore is a rising junior attending East Tennessee State University, where he's studying to be a K-5 Educator. His goal is to earn his degree, move into an urban area and teach young children. Caleb loves reading online articles on sports, music, and culture. He also loves traveling and watching movies. 

OPEN (3)

Research Team: Dr. Chonika Coleman-King, Dr. Susan Groenke, Kay Tate (STM)

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