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Empowering Student Voices in the School to Prison Pipeline

Colorado Convention Center, 601

Listen and learn: Panel
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Director Instructional Technology & Blended Learning
BreakFree Education, Go Teach Be Love
Dr. Kaylah Holland is passionate about empowering educators through professional development, one on one coaching, and innovative lesson design. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Design and Technology with extensive research in active learning environments. She has spent years empowering educators and championing student-centered classrooms. She is a Google Certified Trainer & Innovator, a college professor, an ISTE community Leader, and was presented the “20 to Watch” award by ISTE in 2022. Kaylah is the Director of Instructional Technology and Blended Learning for BreakFree Education and works to empower educators to radically improve education inside juvenile justice facilities.

Session description

BreakFree Education invites you to hear from both formerly and currently incarcerated students housed in facilities managed by Colorado DYS. Students will speak to policy issues impacting their education. Attending this session will highlight how you can disrupt the school to prison pipeline by hearing directly from justice involved youth.

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this panel session is to explore issues with the schools-to-prison pipeline and highlight student’s experiences within the juvenile justice system. The goal of the panel is to encourage attendees to create a new mindset about the school-to-prison pipeline and evaluate their policies to ensure equitable access to education is available for all students. Attendees will be inspired by the stories of students on the panel and will be encouraged to provide successful education to the needs of this diverse population. Public school educators can play a pivotal role in reducing the number of students in the school-to-prison pipeline by implementing appropriate diversion tactics. This panel will highlight those division tactics through the powerful stories of formerly and currently incarcerated youth.

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1. Introduce the panelist and their background (10 minutes)
2. Ask the panelists questions in these four areas:
a. Education (10 minutes)
b. Educational Technology (10 minutes)
c. Educational Policies (10 minutes)
d. School to Prison Pipeline (10 minutes)
3. Take questions from the audience (8 minutes)
4. Bring the session to a close with each panelist sharing a call to action (2 minutes)

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Supporting research

BreakFree is considered an expert in this field and will design the panel. The student presenters will give a first hand account of their educational experiences and outcomes.

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Session specifications

Equity and inclusion
Grade level:
Skill level:
Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Cultivate responsible online behavior, including the safe, ethical and legal use of technology.
For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.