What's Happening With AFRE Bay Area!

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The Academy for Restorative Education seeks to reinvigorate young minds. Our mission is to aid in the development and support of specific, proven and meaningful educational models to close the academic and economic achievement gaps in our country. We believe that effective and targeted education as a remedy for under-resourced children and their families can transform entire communities and be a bridge to economic opportunities previously out of reach. Broadening the menu of strategies to help all students achieve excellence, especially among underperforming African-American children, is crucial in helping students achieve their full potential.








AFRE and our Signature school SILE  would like to thank all who showed support during our Black History Month Presentation to Gilead on Thursday , February 13, 2020. We raised a substantial amount that is moving the establishment of SILE School forward! When we support innovation and leadership within our communities the possibilities are endless! Standing in truth and courage, on the shoulders of our ancestors, we salute and thank you!

An Important
Executive Director

AFRE and SILE are Re-grouping! Stay Tuned!

Hello, AFRE supporters and SILE families,


As most of you know, 3 years ago we embarked upon this journey together to reclaim excellence in the education of African American youth.  In that time, the Academy for Restorative Education (AFRE) has applied to the IRS for 501c3 Non-profit status, and works to raise funds in support of the School of Innovation, Leadership and Efficacy (SILE).. 


As with everything in the government, this process has been painfully long and slow.  While we await approval, fundraising has suffered. Not being recognized yet as a non-profit means we are limited in what grants and donors we have access to.  Limited funds have meant real challenges in our ability to produce the school we envision, as well as educational programming like our SILE Steam Days.


With this in mind, the founders of SILE have decided to halt our scheduled programming until the Fall 2020. At that time, factoring in if our non-profit status has been approved, we will re-evaluate our fundraising and programming trajectory. 


We are incredibly thankful for the support of our volunteers, donors, and community members. Much of our progress is attributed to those who have worked tirelessly and courageously in support of excellence in education.  We will use the time to plan and strategize ways to resurface better equipped to serve the needs of the community. We look forward to working with your children again when we restart our Saturday SILE Steam program and when the doors of the school open! 


Please follow us through our website, FB, Instagram, and Twitter for future updates and opportunities to support.


Together, we can build a safer environment for Black children to learn in. 




Executive Director, Dr. Lasha Pierce

& SILE Founders


Education is the Great Liberator. Restorative education is a purposeful strategy that helps build healthy communities, increases social capital, repairs harm and restores relationships.There is a wealth of research showing that current educational models are not optimal to the learning styles of African-American students and that those students don’t perform as well on standardized assessments of learning. Further research shows that current discipline models in education disproportionately affect those students in negative, often catastrophic ways. Historically, educational models in the United States discount the role that prior institutionalized abuse, neglect and cultural disrespect, and the resultant trauma and harm caused by such experiences have on learning.

Restorative education seeks to acknowledge the historical neglect those vulnerable students and families have endured in traditional education models, seeks to discover effective, targeted, innovative models of education for those students and thereby reversing the historic trend of bias in education. Restorative education disrupts the U.S. school-to-prison pipeline. It emphasizes repairing the harm done by educational institutions to people, relationships, and communities.


Opening Fall 2021


SILE : Yoruba meaning “Exceptional"

The Academy for Restorative Education holds as it’s primary mission to develop and maintain an endowment for its partner SILE schools. The most successful schools have longterm financial stability to ensure lasting investment in the school's mission and its students. Closing the educational resource gap starts with creating and maintaining institutional fiscal strength.

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One of the critical components to AFRE’s mission is to encourage the study of the impact that Restorative Education can have on learning. Multiple researchers have looked at the impact of poverty, educational level of the parents, high stakes testing and a multitude of other variants have on academic performance. Many overlook the role that historic trauma has had, and therefore fail to study potential remedies related to that trauma.


Guided by our Mission, we pursue the following goals through our fundraising, research, and advocacy:

  • Address the particular educational needs of traditionally under-resourced communities, particularly those of African American children, by supporting and strengthening our innovative partner SILE schools and our training and research institute.

  • Promote progressive educational research and best practices for culturally literate, effective teaching within those vulnerable communities

  • Highlight strategies to deconstruct the obstacles that institutionalized racism has created to disable transformative teaching and equitable learning.

  • Recognize and encourage leaders who are working to increase educational achievement within those communities

  • Inform policymakers and opinion leaders about important issues surrounding the education of vulnerable learners.