Improving Practices Within Neglect and Delinquent Systems Through Effective Communication and Collaboration

Event Date

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 12:45PM EDT


Effective interagency communication and collaboration are key principles and practices in addressing the unmet educational needs of youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, as discussed in the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform’s (CJJR’s) monograph, Addressing the Unmet Educational Needs of Children and Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems (Leone & Weinberg, 2010).

This Webinar introduces NDTAC’s new practice guide, Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems Through Interagency Communication and Collaboration, which builds on the CJJR monograph and explores practices and strategies to establish and maintain effective interagency communication and collaboration; provides participants with guidance on how to use collaborative techniques for process and outcome improvement; and shares examples of effective communication and successful collaboration at the State, local, and facility levels.

On this Webinar, Simon Gonsoulin, NDTAC project director, and Joyce Burrell, director of juvenile justice programs at the American Institutes for Research, discuss intra- and interagency communication and collaboration and highlight strategies from the guide. Pat Frost, Nebraska State Title I, Part D, coordinator, describes how effective collaboration among State child-serving agencies resulted in a statewide interagency work group, the development of a data-sharing project, and a Web site focused on the educational needs of youth in out-of-home care. Susan Lockwood, director of juvenile education, Indiana Department of Correction, discusses how collaboration assisted in developing and sustaining “Why Try,” an evidence-based program focused on dropout and school violence prevention and truancy reduction programming, and a partnership project with the Peace Learning Center to teach supplemental conflict management strategies.

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