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“While They Were Away”: Demystifying Education in DYS Alternative Education Conference October 20, 2008 Presented by the Comprehensive Education Partnership on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS). Overview. I. Unique Challenges of Juvenile Justice (JJ) Education

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While they were away demystifying education in dys alternative education conference

“While They Were Away”:

Demystifying Education in DYS

Alternative Education Conference

October 20, 2008

Presented by the Comprehensive Education Partnership on behalf of

the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS)


Overview

Overview

I. Unique Challenges of Juvenile Justice (JJ) Education

II. Overview of Teacher Support

  • Professional Development

  • Instructional Coaching Support

  • DYS Instructional Guides

  • Additional Resources and Instructional Tools

    III. Student Reentry


Workshop objectives

Workshop Objectives

  • Know…

    • The basic components of education in MA DYS juvenile justice programs as it relates to education youth receive while in the care of DYS

      • Professional development (PD)

      • Instructional Tools

      • What to Expect for Students Transitioning back to their home school and community


Workshop objectives cont

Workshop Objectives (Cont.)

  • Understand…

    • How the system of PD supports quality standards-based instruction for a diverse student population

    • That many of these instructional tools and supports can be applied in your own educational settings


Dys educational programs

DYS Educational Programs

  • 54 programs statewide – broken into 5 DYS regions

  • Managed by DYS (vendor contracts for services)

  • Generally 2-4 person teaching teams

  • Some programs follow traditional academic years; others are year-round


Dys educational programs cont

DYS Educational Programs (Cont.)

  • Program Types Based on Length of Stay:

    • Detention** (1day- 2 weeks +)

    • Assessment(30-40 days)

    • Short term treatment (3-6 months)

    • Long term treatment (5 months – 2 years)

    • Revocation (2 weeks to 3 months +)


Unique challenges of juvenile justice jj education

Unique Challenges of Juvenile Justice (JJ) Education

  • Historically, most teachers not licensed or trained as educators

  • No continuity in curriculum across the system and different programs

  • Lack of instructional materials

  • No support for professional development and instructional support


Unique challenges of juvenile justice jj education cont

Unique Challenges of Juvenile Justice (JJ) Education (Cont.)

  • In addition, the DYS student population is…

    • demographically diverse by race, ethnicity, language, culture, age, and economics

    • educationally diverse with respect to students’ background knowledge, interests, aspirations, learning styles, multiple intelligences, social-emotional strengths and challenges, and personal histories.


Dys milestones

DYS Milestones

  • Mandatory participation in PD by DYS

  • Minimum Education Standards established for all programs

  • Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) process developed

  • Establishment of a Universal Transcript for students

  • Infusion of instructional materials and resources better suited to juvenile justice programs including development of DYS Instructional Guides


Overview of professional development

Overview of Professional Development

  • PD Framework: Focus on 3 goals –

    • Standards-based Curriculum,

    • Differentiated Instruction, and

    • Infusion of Literacy and Numeracy

  • PD Learning Communities based on teacher content areas and program type


Overview of professional development cont

Overview of Professional Development (Cont.)

  • Workshop presenters familiar with juvenile justice education

  • 5 strand days (based on content area and by program type)

    • 2 menu days (teacher choice in variety of additional topic areas)

  • Professional development points (PDPs/ CEUs) provided for final product completion

    PD graphic /7 elements


Dys instructional coaches

DYS Instructional Coaches

  • Currently 5 Instructional Coaches

  • Provide more individualized and continued support to DYS teachers outside of PD

    • Aligned with professional development

    • In compliance with safety and security needs of DYS programs


Dys instructional coaches cont

DYS Instructional Coaches (Cont.)

  • Instructional coaches encourage continued professional growth through:

    • Observations: Coaches are not evaluators, instead they help teachers to self-evaluate;

    • Being a resource: Coaches provide suggestions for additional appropriate resources and instructional tools

    • Goal-setting: Coaches help teachers set goals for improving practice (both short- and long-term)


Dys instructional guides

DYS Instructional Guides

  • Why were they developed?

    • To help teachers respond to multiple challenges of planning and delivering effective curriculum in JJ setting

    • To promote high academic expectations and provide consistency across program sites for those students who are transferred from one program to another


Dys instructional guides cont

DYS Instructional Guides (Cont.)

  • Since 2005, 4 Guides developed: ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies

    • Aligned with MA Curriculum Frameworks and national standards for each content area

    • Cross-referenced with GED and MCAS

  • Provide exemplar lesson plans and ways to further differentiate instruction


Dys instructional guides cont1

DYS Instructional Guides (Cont.)

  • Also include:

    • “Emphasized Standards”

    • Culturally responsive teaching chapter

    • More hands-on, student- centered activity ideas


Dys instructional guides cont2

DYS Instructional Guides (Cont.)

  • Provides additional resources and standards-based instructional tools such as the “KUD” Grid – Know, Understand, and DO


Additional resources and instructional tools

Additional Resources and Instructional Tools

  • Resources and texts are provided to DYS programs based on a number of influential considerations.

  • Additional resources available in DYS are also available on CD-ROM.

    • Teachers can borrow many of these resources from “lending libraries” located across the state.


Resources and instructional tools cont

Resources and Instructional Tools (Cont.)

ELA

  • Edge – Level B Reading, Writing, and Language

  • Writing Our Stories (The Alabama Writers’ Forum, 2002)


Resources and instructional tools cont1

Resources and Instructional Tools (Cont.)

Social Studies

  • History Alive! The United States

  • United States History: Survey Edition


Resources and instructional tools cont2

Resources and Instructional Tools (Cont.)

Math

  • Discovering Algebra

  • Discovering Geometry

  • EmPower Mathematics


Resources and instructional tools cont3

Resources and Instructional Tools (Cont.)

Science

  • Biology: Cycles of Life

  • Success in Science: Biology


Student reentry their transition home

Student Reentry: Their Transition Home

  • The transition process begins weeks before a student returns to their home school and community (90, 60, 30 days).

  • A number of resources and opportunities are available to help support their reentry.


Documents and records

Documents and Records

  • DYS Educational Assessment Packet

  • Individual Learning Plan (ILP) –

    • A goal-setting tool that helps tailor a student’s academic, employment/career, and social/emotional instruction

    • Captures student’s progress towards attainment of these goals while in DYS.

  • Universal Transcript –

    • Provides record of academic credit received while in DYS


Liaisons and support

Liaisons and Support

  • Education Liaisons –

    • Provide support to students returning from DYS educational programs to their home school or LEA

  • Evaluation Team Liaison (ETL’s) –

    • Are the conduit between DESE’s Special Education in Institutional Settings (SEIS) work and the home school or LEA


Additional resources opportunities

Additional Resources & Opportunities

  • Bridging the Opportunity Gap (BOG) Job Readiness and Employability Program

    • State funded initiative linking CBOs/FBOs, career centers and workforce development boards with DYS youth transitioning back to home communities.

  • The DYS Community Resource Guide

    • Provides resources for education, employability, and “wrap-around” and social services


For more information

For More Information…

  • Shirley Gilfether, DYS Professional Development and Curriculum Coordinator

    • [email protected] #800.278.4244, ext. 138

  • Kathy Rho, Program Manger, DYS Initiative

    • [email protected]

      #617.727.8158, ext. 2261


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