Paulo Freire Freedom School and City High School are hosting the national ‘Winter Meeting’ of the School Reform Initiative (SRI) on January 15-17, 2015. SRI is “the premier source for materials, resources, and professional development related to Critical Friendship, Facilitative Leadership, and Collaborative Learning. (They) support educators to address issues of educational equity and excellence for all students through building and sustaining of transformational adult learning communities.”
Critical Friendship has been foundational to the City High School and Paulo Freire Freedom School professional learning communities since the schools were founded in 2004 and 2005. All five of the founders of PFFS and CHS are trained national facilitators for SRI and have made CFG work part of all three schools. This year the staff at all three schools are participating in three, monthly, tri-school Critical Friends Groups. It is a great honor to be hosting the SRI ‘Winter Meeting’. JoAnn, Santo, and Erika from PFFS and Carrie, Brett, Eve, and Chad from CHS have been serving on the local planning team.
As part of the pre-conference experiences for registered Winter Meeting participants, on Wednesday, January 14th PFFS-University will be facilitating an immigration simulation called ‘Understanding the US/Mexican Border‘. On Friday, January 16th (in the morning) there will be several special Learning Experiences for conference participants, three of which are being hosted by PFFS-U, PFFS-D, and CHS respectively. At PFFS-Downtown, there will be demonstration classrooms open to conference participants for guided observation and discussion. City High School will be sharing their Community Day with conference participants at three different locations, and Mariah Harvey (PFFS-U teacher) with Anita Fernández (PFFS-U parent) will be facilitating a workshop on the banned MAS program in TUSD. Also, several staff members will be participating in the conference itself.