Overcoming Common Challenges: Tips on Engaging Families at Juvenile Justice Facility Schools
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Overcoming Common Challenges: Tips on Engaging Families at Juvenile Justice
Marlene Darwin, 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 Lia Venchi, 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
for a few families
Additional supportsto boost some families
Opportunities affordedto all families
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.
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
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
Brenda Johnson, Transition Coordinator, Stadium View School
Lia Venchi, Teacher/Literacy Specialist, Stadium View School
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
Sunday visitation “Meet and Greet” with community partners Classroom “Meet and Greet” with follow-up
phone call home Parent Council monthly meetings Calendar
Transition Specialist as point person Student referral Lobby display Facility supervisors Community partners
Community Showcase (celebrate student success)
Court support Freedom School Showcase Evening student debates IEP meetings Parent Council meetings
Facilitate transportation, childcare stipends, meeting dinners
Home visits Connect and facilitate community to
support student and family Build trust through 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
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
IEP meetings include teachers, support staff, student and family members
Letters and phone calls announce events and meetings
15 day academic report
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)
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
Brenda Johnson, Transition SpecialistWork: 612.543.0762Cell: 612.490.5249
Larry Lucio, PrincipalWork: 612.596.1158
Lia Venchi, TeacherCell: 651.247.1908