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Consortium & Friends


Consortium & Friends

The moment young people enter the juvenile justice system, they become defined by their past, not their potential.  We partner directly with juvenile justice agencies across the country, providing the resources, training, and networks they need to make school relevant and meaningful, so students can build a successful life when they leave.



The BreakFree Consortium is a group of juvenile justice agencies and their education partners committed to making school work in their spaces. Consortium members benefit from a peer network sharing solutions and innovations, and from a wide range of BreakFree services including, practitioner, curriculum, policy and technology support.


Current members include: Harris County Juvenile Probation, Kentucky DJJ, Missouri DYS, Massachusetts DYS, and more  


Working Groups & Pilots

BreakFree organizes and facilitates a series of working groups and pilots for juvenile justice educators. Group members may navigate to their specific resources using the buttons below. 

Educational Transparency & Family Engagement
Educational Transparency & Family Engagement

Examples of Our Work

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Project-Based Learning

In collaboration with the Kentucky DJJ we enhanced the Unleashed Rollercoaster Experiment curriculum by aligning it to KY state standards and adapting the content to meet PBL Works specific framework. The project culminated in students building a paper roller coaster with winners from individual facilities showcasing their builds at an in-person, state-wide competition.

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Transition Coursework

We partnered with the Colorado Division of Youth Services to build a series of transition modules for them to use with students held in their post-adjudication facilities. The modules, designed in Google Classrooms, include interactive, relevant activities designed specifically for students leaving confinement in Colorado.

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Technology Implementation

Through our Unjammed Learning Network, we helped over 10 agencies roll out Google Apps for Education and trained hundreds of teachers on how to make teaching engaging and relevant, even if remote, using technology creativity.

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