Use the following guidelines, tools, and resources to strengthen your education services.
Reentry education includes adult education, career and technical education, postsecondary education, and such other evidence-based approaches as cognitive-based instruction. Providers also should consider adopting the career pathways approach; integrating employability skills into the curriculum; developing student recruitment and retention strategies; and using advanced technologies to enhance instruction and improve students' digital literacy skills.
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Reentry education providers should identify existing career pathways or develop new pathways for their students. Career pathways include many of the same components as the Reentry Education Framework—partnerships, service alignment, and multiple entry and exit points.
Reentry education providers should seek to integrate employability skills—the general skills necessary for success in all jobs—into their instruction, or to develop a program focused specifically on these skills.
Reentry education providers should develop a plan for:
- Recruitment in prisons: Identify students most likely to benefit from educational programming.
- Recruitment in jails: Raise awareness of community programs and offer accelerated training opportunities.
- Recruitment in community-based programs: Refer students to community partners and regularly follow up with students.
- Student retention: Provide wrap-around services and engage former students as mentors.
Providers should consider one of the following secure approaches to give students and staff access to online resources:
- Disconnected Internet: Providing access to offline files identified by facility staff.
- Point-to-Point: Operating a secure line between the facility and a vendor.
- Restricted Access: Allowing only permitted content to be viewed.
Where Am I In the Framework?
Checklist for Connecting Reentry Education Programs to Career Pathways
This tool describes the connections between the six key elements of career pathways and the Reentry Education Framework and offers a checklist for connecting reentry education programs to existing career pathways.
- College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education
A set of college and career readiness standards identified by experts and focused on content most relevant for adult learners.
- Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)
Features professional development activities, resource collections, and an online community of practice for adult educators, including a group dedicated to correctional education.
- Employability Skills Framework
Identifies key employability skills in an interactive framework and shows connections among skills identified by major national and state initiatives. Proven Student Employability Handbook. Western Technical College.
- Accelerating Opportunity: Redesigning Adult Basic Education for College Success
Offers strategies, policy recommendations, and resources for strengthening the transition from adult basic education to postsecondary education.
- Alliance for Quality Career Pathways: Shared Vision, Strong Systems: The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework Version 1.0
Presents a framework for developing a quality state, regional, or local career pathway system.
- Career Pathways Toolkit: A Guide for System Development
Organized around the six key elements of career pathways, the tool kit suggests action steps and offers tools to support the development of career pathways systems.
- Moving Pathways Forward: Supporting Career Pathways Integration
Provides targeted technical assistance and an email-based information services to promote career pathway implementation.
- Educational Technology in Corrections 2015
Overview of and recommendations for using advanced technologies in correctional facilities, with discussion of emerging approaches and lessons learned.
- Educational Technology in Corrections video
A brief video highlighting the benefits of providing access to advanced technologies in correctional education.
- Reentry Mythbuster: On Information Technology Access
Describes approaches to offering limited Internet access in correctional institutions, including its use for education and education-related activities.