Overcoming Common Challenges: Tips on Engaging Families at Juvenile Justice Facility Schools
This presentation is the property of its rightful owner.
Sponsored Links
1 / 25

Overcoming Common Challenges: Tips on Engaging Families at Juvenile Justice Facility Schools PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 83 Views
  • Uploaded on
  • Presentation posted in: General

Overcoming Common Challenges: Tips on Engaging Families at Juvenile Justice Facility Schools. Introductory Remarks Marlene Darwin, NDTAC. About NDTAC. Neglected-Delinquent TA Center (NDTAC) Contract between U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the American Institutes for Research

Download Presentation

Overcoming Common Challenges: Tips on Engaging Families at Juvenile Justice Facility Schools

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript


Overcoming Common Challenges: Tips on Engaging Families at Juvenile Justice Facility Schools


Introductory Remarks

Marlene Darwin, NDTAC


About NDTAC

  • Neglected-Delinquent TA Center (NDTAC)

  • Contract between U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the American Institutes for Research

    • John McLaughlin Federal Program Manager, Title I, Part D Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk Program

  • NDTAC’s Mission:

    • Develop a uniform evaluation model

    • Provide technical assistance

    • Serve as a facilitator between different organizations, agencies, and interest groups


Agenda and Presenters

A Family Guide to Getting Involved With Correctional Education

  • Trina Osher, President, Huff Osher Consulting, Inc.

    Translating Family Engagement Tips into Successful Practice

    • Brenda Johnson, Transition Coordinator, Stadium View School

    • LiaVenchi, Teacher/Literacy Specialist, Stadium View School

      Question and Answer Session


A Family Guide to Getting Involved With Correctional Education Trina Osher, M.A.

President, Huff Osher Consulting, Inc.


Family Involvement Matters!

  • “The evidence is consistent, positive, and convincing: families have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through life.”

    (Henderson, A.T., & Mapp, K.L. (2002). A new wave of evidence: The impact of school, family, and community connections on student achievement. Austin, TX: National Center for Family & Community Connections with Schools, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 7).

  • Getting involved with correctional education can be challenging for many families.

  • Encouraging families to get involved can be challenging for facility and program staff.


NDTAC Has Tools to Help!

  • Working With Families of Children in the Juvenile Justice and Corrections Systems: A Guide for Education Program Leaders, Principals, and Building Administrators

    • Strategies staff at correctional education facilities and programs can use to increase family involvement

    • Three-tier model for organizing efforts to engage families

  • Facility Toolkit for Engaging Families in Their Child's Education at a Juvenile Justice Facility

    • Tools for families

    • Tools for facility staff

  • Family Guide to Getting Involved in Your Child's Education at a Juvenile Justice Facility

    • Practical strategies for common situations


Three-Tier Model to Engage Families

Intensive: 3rd Tier

Selective: 2nd Tier

Universal: 1st Tier

Special efforts for a few families

Additional supports

to boost some families

Opportunities afforded

to all families


Facility Toolkit

The Facility Toolkit includes:

  • Information for facilities and stakeholders about how to use the Family Guide

  • Customizable tools that can be used to help promote family participation in a student’s education

    • Tools 1–5, including a Family Guide, sample letters, a tip sheet, and a questionnaire, are intended for distribution to students’ families.

    • Tools 6–8, including a facility tip sheet and planning tool, are intended for use by facility staff.


All tools are customizable

  • Facility and program staff are encouraged to customize the Family Guide for their setting.

  • Some items in the Tool Kit are templates that can be modified.

    • Facility staff should review tool kit materials for families carefully.

    • Discuss materials with some family members of currently enrolled or recently graduated students.

    • Partner with families to adapt materials to accurately reflect the policies and practices of their school, program, or facility.


Family Guide

  • The Family Guide should be shared with parents and family members as soon as their child is enrolled in the program. It includes practical strategies families can use to:

    • Build a relationship with their child’s correctional education program

    • Keep their son or daughter on track for completing school and becoming a successful young adult


Family Guide

The Family Guide includes information for families about:

  • Getting off to a good start

  • Ensuring that their child is making academic progress

  • Preparing for their child’s return home

  • Connecting with other families

  • Taking action when things are not going well

  • Advocating for better programming, family involvement, and support

  • Staying connected to the correctional education program


Translating Family Engagement Tips into Successful Practice

Brenda Johnson, Transition Coordinator, Stadium View School

Lia Venchi, Teacher/Literacy

Specialist, Stadium View School


About Stadium View SchoolMinneapolis Public SchoolsHennepin County Juvenile Detention Center

  • Short term facility

  • Mostly students of color, predominantly Black

  • Students detained on serious charges

  • 12 staff: 8 teachers, a transition specialist, a

    principal and a life skills coach

  • Serve also students in the adult facility

  • Nationally accredited


Connecting with Family

  • Sunday visitation

  • “Meet and Greet” with community partners

  • Classroom “Meet and Greet” with follow-up phone call home

  • Parent Council monthly meetings

  • Calendar


How Families Connect with Us

  • Transition Specialist as point person

  • Student referral

  • Lobby display

  • Facility supervisors

  • Community partners


Facilitating Parent Visits

  • Community Showcase (celebrate student success)

  • Court support

  • Freedom School Showcase

  • Evening student debates

  • IEP meetings

  • Parent Council meetings


Tips for Engaging Families

  • Facilitate transportation, childcare stipends, meeting dinners

  • Home visits

  • Connect and facilitate community to support student and family

  • Build trust through relationships


Building Relationships

  • Each interaction with a student and family member is with the highest level of respect and sincerity

  • Respect and care are foundation of student/staff interaction

  • Staff are required to provide educational and social-emotional support

  • No judgment


Effective Communication

  • Staff regularly reflects on our commitment to our vision and mission

  • Student Support Team meets weekly to discuss students’ academic and social-emotional well being

  • Staff has on-going communication training

  • Transition Specialist as point person


Sharing Information

  • IEP meetings include teachers, support staff, student and family members

  • Letters and phone calls announce events and meetings

  • 15 day academic report


Providing Opportunities for Visits

  • Juvenile justice, community and school systems work together

  • Freedom School, debates, visiting authors and guests

  • Work to support engagement between community partners and families

  • When appropriate, include parents and JDC staff in professional development (we learn together)


Ensuring Staff Meet Needs

  • Weekly Student Support Team meetings

  • Staff attend IEP meetings

  • Over 100 hours each year of professional development

  • Staff, student surveys, observations

  • Community partners as critical friends

  • Pacer Center/Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities


Contact Information

Brenda Johnson, Transition Specialist

Work: 612.543.0762

Cell: 612.490.5249

Larry Lucio, Principal

Work: 612.596.1158

Lia Venchi, Teacher

Cell: 651.247.1908


  • Login