Consortium for Educational Excellence in Secure Settings
In the fall of 2012, we announced the formation of the Consortium for Educational Excellence in Secure Settings. Juvenile justice Agencies or their education partners (a state office of education or school district) who are committed to improving educational outcomes for youth in their care may join the Consortium, which is supported by membership dues. Current Consortium members include Delaware, Florida, Houston, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Maryland Massachusetts, Missouri, New York City’s District 79, Oregon, Utah.
Consortium members have a shared mission: To significantly improve the quality of educational programming offered in our long-term, secure, juvenile facilities. Through our efforts, youth committed to our care will develop the academic and work-readiness skills necessary to successfully transition to and succeed at high school, postsecondary school, or work.
CEEAS works with each Consortium member on specific projects, but our efforts generally are aligned with the key items listed below.
Budget and Funding Mechanisms. Pursuing policy changes designed to ensure that state per-pupil funding formulas support the education of students held in secure settings at equitable rates, taking into account the high proportion of special-needs, low-income, and minority youth in these settings.
Talent Management. Helping juvenile justice agencies recruit and retain high-performing principals and teachers in secure facilities through robust start-to-finish talent management systems (recruitment, selection, development/evaluation, and retention).
Technology Solutions. Supporting juvenile justice agencies in using technology to improve instruction, enable real-time analysis of student and school performance data, and improve operating efficiencies in other ways.
Instruction and Curriculum.Providing intensive training and support designed to help teachers improve their toolkits and revamp curriculum so that it is relevant, rigorous, and accessible to youth who transition in and out of facilities throughout the academic year.
School Culture and Youth Engagement.Providing tailored training and support to help school and secure care staff create positive, achievement-oriented school environments where all students can learn.
Postsecondary and Career Preparation Programming. Supporting juvenile justice agencies as they develop postsecondary and career-preparation options for youth who earn their high school diploma or GED while inside facilities, and supporting opportunities for youth to explore the world of work and gain access to college-level coursework pre-graduation.
Community Placement and Transition Planning. Supporting timely interagency planning designed to support more effective transitions back to school or training programs, while challenging state and local policies that often prohibit youth returning from secure settings from attending high-performing high schools.
Correctional-Educational Staff Collaboration. Helping school and secure care staff develop agreements and day-to-day working practices that protect instructional time, improve and align behavior management systems, and establish routine communication tools.
In addition, CEEAS has created a series of peer-support tools for the education directors of the agencies in the Consortium. These include a shared online platform where leaders can share ideas and collaborate in a safe, open space, peer visits that enable leaders to confer with colleagues from other states, and ongoing conference calls.
If you would like to learn more about specific projects we are working on with Consortium members, or if you are interested in learning how to join the Consortium, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below.