2013 NDTAC National Conference

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Facilitating Educational Success

Washington, DC | August 12-14, 2013

Overview & Conference Presentations

At the 2013 NDTAC National Conference—“Facilitating Educational Success”—State Title I, Part D, coordinators; experts in the field; and staff from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and NDTAC explored Federal and State topics related to effective program administration and implementation and other issues that impact education for youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk. In support of improved outcomes for children and youth who are neglected or delinquent, participants at the conference shared and discussed the steps that can be taken to help administrators of non-secure and secure settings create conditions for learning and implement essential components of effective educational programs.

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Title I, Part D, Basics: Pre-Conference Sessions

These sessions introduced new coordinators to their roles and responsibilities in the areas of 1) planning and funding; 2) monitoring and compliance; and 3) reporting and evaluation. Participants learned about resources available from ED and NDTAC to support them in each of the areas. These sessions also served as refreshers for seasoned coordinators.

Planning and Funding Basics

  • ​Facilitators: Stephanie Lampron, NDTAC Deputy Project Director and Nick Read, NDTAC TA Liaison
  • Presentation: Planning and Funding Basics (PPT or PDF)

Monitoring and Compliance Basics

  • Facilitators: Victoria Rankin, NDTAC TA Liaison and Greta Colombi, NDTAC Supportive School Discipline Community Facilitator
  • Presentation: Monitoring Review: What Every New Coordinator Should Know (PPT or PDF)

Reporting and Evaluation Basics

  • Facilitators: Dory Seidel and Liann Seiter, NDTAC Data Team Members
  • Presentation: Data Reporting and Evaluation: Back to the Basics (PPT or PDF)

Resources Related to the Basics Sessions

Keynote Session: Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center

Julie Crawford, Principal
Mary Chukwu, Secondary Science Teacher
Zeleta Green, Literacy Coach
Sandra Rojas-Story, Teacher of English Language Learners

Representatives from the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center (NVJDC)—located in Alexandria, VA—shared information about their facility, the youth they serve, and the programs and services that they offer. NVJDC is located in a secure, residential facility and educates youth who are being held for the juvenile courts of Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church. Its mission is to provide youth with quality instruction through a continuum of educational programs that promote character, achievement, and skills necessary to transition from the program with tools that enhance citizenship and life-long learning. Lead by facility principal Julie Crawford, staff discussed their educational offerings, including those for displaced and non-U.S. resident youth; their outreach to and involvement with families; and their efforts to ensure smooth transitions for youth returning to the community.

  • Presentation: Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center School (PDF)

General Session I: Creating the Conditions for Learning

David Osher, NDTAC Principal Investigator
Tim Decker, Director of the MissouriDivision of Youth Services

Before we can expect youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk to succeed academically, we must provide them with environments that are conducive to learning. Creating safe and supportive learning environments—from public schools to correctional facilities—is critical to the academic success and social-emotional well-being of youth who are supported by Title I, Part D. Tim Decker, Director of the Missouri Division of Youth Services, discussed the steps that Missouri took to improve the conditions for learning in correctional and other alternative settings to foster greater academic achievement and improve the well-being of youth and staff. David Osher, NDTAC Principal Investigator, closed the session by discussing the conditions for learning and the need for creating such conditions for youth in N or D settings.

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Breakout Session I: Creating the Conditions for Learning

    Expert panelists, NDTAC staff, and local practitioners explored the core components of conditions for learning, as introduced during the General Session, within the context of 1) non-secure facilities; 2) secure short-term facilities; and 3) secure long-term facilities.

    Creating the Conditions for Learning in Non-Secure Settings

      Joyce Burrell, State Training and Technical Assistance Center Project Director
      Lauren Amos, NDTAC TA Liaison
      Rob Mayo, NDTAC Supportive School Discipline Community Facilitator
      Vera Johnson, Managing Director of Community Programs and Engagement, Sasha Bruce Youthwork
      Allie Woods, NDTAC Staff

      • Presentation: Introduction to Non-Secure Settings (PPT or PDF)

      Creating the Conditions for Learning in Secure Short-Term Settings

        Lindy Khan, NDTAC Expert Panelist
        Lynne Kendal-Wilson, NDTAC Expert Panelist
        Nick Read, NDTAC TA Liaison
        Victor Martinez, NDTAC Staff

        • Presentation: Creating the Conditions for Learning in Secure Short-Term Settings (PPT or PDF)

        Creating the Conditions for Learning in Secure Long-Term Settings

          Tom O’Rourke, NDTAC Expert Panelist
          Simon Gonsoulin, NDTAC Project Director
          Victoria Rankin, NDTAC TA Liaison
          Okori Christopher, NDTAC Staff

          • Presentation: Creating Conditions for Learning in Secure Long-Term Settings (PPT or PDF)

          General Session II: The Essential Components of an Effective Educational Program

          Simon Gonsoulin, NDTAC Project Director
          Candace Mulcahy, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, Binghamton University, State University of New York

          PANELISTS:
          Lindy Khan, NDTAC Expert Panelist
          Lynne Kendal-Wilson, NDTAC Expert Panelist
          Tom O’Rourke, NDTAC Expert Panelist

          Children and youth who are neglected or delinquent have unique academic needs. To enable their success, Simon Gonsoulin, NDTAC Project Director, opened the general session by discussing the essential components of an effective educational program. To help State coordinators develop a deepened awareness of each of these components and to assist subgrantees with implementing them, Candace Mulcahy, Assistant Professor at Binghamton University, discussed the importance of teacher quality; curriculum and instruction; supportive transitions, and offering youth a range of services in non-secure and secure settings. Following her presentation, Dr. Mulcahy moderated a panel of NDTAC experts in a conversation about the obstacles of implementing these essential components in educational settings, innovative ways to overcome these obstacles, and strategies for encouraging administrators and educators to adopt evidence-based practices.

          Breakout Session II: The Essential Components of an Effective Educational Program

          Expert panelists, NDTAC staff, and local practitioners explored the essential components of an effective educational program, as introduced during the General Session, within the context of 1) non-secure facilities; 2) secure short-term facilities; and 3) secure long-term facilities.

          Implementing an Effective Educational Program in Non-Secure Settings

            Joyce Burrell, STTAC Project Director
            Lauren Amos, NDTAC TA Liaison
            Rob Mayo, NDTAC Supportive School Discipline Community Facilitator
            Deborah Shore, Executive Director and Founder, Sasha Bruce Youthwork,
            Allie Woods, NDTAC Staff

            • Presentation: Introduction to Non-Secure Settings (PPT or PDF)

            Implementing an Effective Educational Program in Secure Short-Term Settings

              Lindy Khan, NDTAC Expert Panelist
              Lynne Kendal-Wilson, NDTAC Expert Panelist
              Nick Read, NDTAC TA Liaison
              Victor Martinez, NDTAC Staff

              Implementing an Effective Educational Program in Secure Long-Term Settings

              Tom O’Rourke, NDTAC Expert Panelist
              Simon Gonsoulin, NDTAC Project Director
              Victoria Rankin, NDTAC TA Liaison
              Okori Christopher, NDTAC Staff

              • Presentation: Components of Educational Programming in Secure Long-Term Settings (PPT or PDF)

              Title I, Part D, Workshops: Parts I and II

              These workshops explored a range of Title I, Part D, administration topics and gave participants the opportunities to engage in peer-to-peer discussions and hands-on activities to address the specific needs of their States.

              Many of the related resources from these Workshops were also referenced in Title I, Part D, Basics Sessions.
               

              Planning & Funding Workshop: Developing and Reviewing Applications

              Stephanie Lampron, NDTAC Deputy Project Director
              Nick Read, NDTAC TA Liaison

              The first part of this workshop focused on the requirements for Part D funding applications using NDTAC application checklists and discussed the general processes that State coordinators can use for creating and distributing applications. The workshop then reviewed the importance of including a comprehensive needs assessment as part of the funding application. The session concluded by focusing on the State coordinator’s role in reviewing subgrantee applications and highlighting processes for reviewing and requesting revisions from applying agencies.

              The second part of the session focused on the process of awarding Part D funds to State and local subgrantees following application approval. The session examined the leverage that State coordinators have in formula funding for Subpart 1 Stage agency programs and explored the possibility of discretionary funding for Subpart 2 local programs. The session also highlighted a framework for reviewing subgrantee requests for uses of Part D funds based on Federal and State requirements and State and subgrantee agency priorities.

              • Presentation: Planning and Funding Workshop: Part 1 and Part 2 (PDF)

              Monitoring & Compliance Workshop: Federal Monitoring

              Victoria Rankin, NDTAC TA Liaison
              Greta Colombi, NDTAC Supportive School Discipline Community Facilitator
              Allie Woods, NDTAC Staff

              The first part of this session provided participants with a brief overview of the Federal monitoring process and involved a small group activity around how to prepare for Federal monitoring, including responses to various scenarios related to a Federal monitoring visit. The second part of this session highlighted the subgrantee monitoring process, particularly developing responses to outcomes for several subgrantee monitoring scenarios. Participants in each session shared some of their experiences with subgrantees and the Federal monitoring visits.

              • Presentation 1: Workshop Part I: Federal Monitoring Basics (PPT or PDF)
              • ​Presentation 2: Workshop Part II: Subgrantee Monitoring Basics (PPT or PDF)

              Reporting & Evaluation Workshop: Data Quality

              Lauren Amos, NDTAC TA Liaison
              Dory Seidel, NDTAC Data Team
              Liann Seiter, NDTAC Data Team

              In the first part of this session, participants learned about and discussed ways to resolve data quality issues that are common in the Consolidated State Performance Reports (CSPRs). Using a dashboard developed by NDTAC, participants conducted a CSPR data quality review of their State data. The morning session closed with a conversation about how participants’ technical assistance and subgrantee monitoring activities can support data quality in the CSPR. The second part of this workshop highlighted the GPRA (Government Performance and Results Act) measures used to drive Federal decisionmaking and participants viewed their State GPRA profiles. Participants learned how to use a dashboard of State data—developed by NDTAC—to drive decisionmaking in the areas of student performance, program outcomes, and student demographics. The session closed with a discussion about additional resources available to support improved data quality and data driven decisionmaking, as well as how to forge better ties with participants’ State data coordinators.

              • Presentation: Reporting and Evaluation Workshop (PPT or PDF)

              Roundtable Discussions With ED and Federal Partners

              The roundtable sessions fostered conversations and feedback between the hosts (Federal partners) and participants in a more informal manner.

              Special Education – Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

              David Emenheiser, OSEP, ED
              Curtis Kinnard, OSEP, ED

              This discussion focused on special education services needed by system-involved youth; the efforts of Federal partners to address these needs; ED’s commitment to addressing the needs of system-involved youth with educational disabilities; and ways in which Title I, Part D, and special education programs might coordinate efforts in the future among State education agencies.

              Justice – Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Labor (DOL)

              Ricco Hall, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, DOJ
              Michelle Massie, Office of Workforce Investment, DOL

              This discussion focused on Federal efforts to increase collaboration and coordination across multiple agencies given the work of the reentry workgroup; provided insight into the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s commitment to the importance of positive educational outcomes for youth who are being served by the juvenile justice system; addressed the importance of housing for justice-involved families; and shared overarching initiatives being addressed by DOJ and DOL that may be relevant to Title I, Part D, programs.

              Reentry Education Model for Adult Corrections – Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE)

              John Linton, OVAE, ED
              Kristie Brackens, OVAE, ED

              This discussion focused on the newly developed Reentry Model for Adult Corrections that Title I, Part D, coordinators may wish to consider when addressing the needs of subgrantees who are addressing the reentry needs of young adults. The discussion also delivered updates from the Office of Vocational and Adult Education as they related to addressing the educational needs of youth in adult correctional settings.
               

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