The BreakFree Edupalooza

An online, professional development series for educators working in secure facilities

May 3rd - 7th 2021

A week-long series of workshops highlighting innovative and creative practices taking place in schools inside of secure juvenile facilities across the country. Workshops are led directly by teachers and education leaders currently doing the incredible work of making school happen in secure facilities around the country, along with student speakers.

The goal of BreakFree's Edupalooza is to shine a positive light on individuals who are taking on this challenge, and to encourage and provide other educators with the tools and network of support needed to do the same.

Sample Schedule

Monday thru Friday

    • 8am EST: Daily BreakFree Edupalooza Email with links to the day’s pre-recorded mini-workshops

      • Workshops can be viewed anytime on demand

    • 4pm-5pm EST: Daily BreakFree Edupalooza Close-out Session

      • Q&A with the day’s presenters

      • Featured Speaker/Topic

      • Talent Show and Edupalooza Fun Time!


Who should participate in the BreakFree Edupalooza? 

  • The Edupalooza is designed for teachers and education leaders who work in juvenile detention and similar settings.  Some of the workshops will be teacher-focused; others will delve into issues more relevant to school principals, school district and juvenile justice agency leadership.  We will label workshops to help individuals know in advance who the most relevant audience is for each session.

Is there a fee to participate?

  •  All of the workshops and the entire week-long BreakFree Edupalooza is free.

What is the format of the event?

  • The BreakFree Edupalooza will be virtual.  Some of the workshops will be pre-recorded and others will be held live and also recorded so that participants can watch them at their convenience. 


  • Preliminarily we anticipate sharing a morning email that announces the day’s workshops.  Each day we will post a number of 20 to 30 minute pre-recorded workshops ready and available for viewing.  In addition, each day we will host a live (and recorded) close-out event.  The daily close-outs will include brief Q & A with presenters whose workshops were featured that day, a focus speaker/topic, and fun activities (such as a talent show and open mic/spoken word competition).  We will also have an active social media presence during the BreakFree Edupalooza, sponsoring twitter chats, facebook posts/live events, and more.

Can the workshop videos be used to facilitate group or school-wide Professional Development Workshops or are they meant to be watched/used individually? 

  • Many of the pre-recorded workshops will work well as starter exercises for school- or agency-wide professional development activities.  We encourage school leaders to consider organizing site-based trainings around the workshop recordings.  Many of the workshops will also work well for educators to participate individually, on their own. 

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