Our major goal for the future is to ensure the mission of “Crafting Freedom Institute” ( formerly the Apprend Foundation ) lives on. We will continue pursuing our commitment to disseminating African American history and culture across the curriculum by offering superior professional development and excellent instructional materials that are both teacher-friendly and based on the best scholarship available.
It is critical that we continue to find new and improved ways to teach the era of slavery that are engaging and accessible both by teachers and their students. Our people-focused pedagogy featuring 19th century “freedom crafters” who improved their own and others circumstances by resisting slavery and “crafting a path to freedom” has been well received by teachers around the country. We intend to continue to offer and add to this pedagogy, yet we are always searching for best practices for teaching African American history. We also will continue to seek new teacher audiences for our work.
A major concern for the future is sustaining CFI after both the founder/executive director and assistant director retire in 2020. This requires finding sources of sustainable funding or affiliating with a host institution committed to CFI’s mission that will support its operation.