Gary Freedom School Concept

Strong Partnerships

The Gary Freedom School is an institution without walls.  It is built on the foundation of strong community partners within Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland who believe in grassroots teaching methods to propel community awareness and change.

A Year in the Life of GFS

June 2010 – August 2010: Summer Leadership and Awareness Project

September 2010 – March 2011: Personal Awareness Empowerment Project

June 2010 – April 2011:  The Freedom Institute.

Go to the calendar and get detailed scheduling information for the GFS.

Gary Freedom School Students

Students selected to participate in the Gary Freedom School receive a stipend for their participation in the 10-month program and are considered Fellows.  Fellows must be 14-17 years of and participants of Educational Talent Search (ETS) TRIO Program.  Those who are not members of ETS must commit to signing up.

Go here to download the Fellowship Program Application.

Gary Freedom School Instructors

GFS Instructors are high school graduates that have a unique ability to use methods of student-centered teaching to create agents of social change.  Instructors come from all walks of life and include college students, local college professors, local grassroots leaders and community professionals.

Applications are currently being accepted for instructor positions for the 2010 summer session. 
Click here to read more about this position.

What is Student-Centered Teaching?

Student-centered teaching focuses on the student. Decision-making, organization, and content are largely determined by the student’s needs and perceptions. Even assessment may be influenced or determined by the student. The instructor acts as coach and facilitator.

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