It is critical that both school leaders and teachers in juvenile justice settings have an agreed upon understanding of what quality instruction really ‘looks like.’ Leaders must also have the tools on hand to help those teachers who need support, to improve.
Raising the Bars is a pilot project that we worked on with the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC). The platform and resources provides school leaders in IDOC with custom tailored professional development resources, aligned with their teaching standards, focused on their priorities. Raising the Bars is a web based platform that includes short videos, articles and other materials. Principals working for IDOC can assign materials to teachers, or use it more generally to simply offer access to the training materials.