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Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students in Correctional
Virginia P. Collier and Wayne P. Thomas
correctional education, multiple challenges for designing
appropriate and effective coursework for linguistically and
culturally diverse students include consideration of students'
emotional and socio-cultural needs, the type of linguistic and
academic support needed, and ways to stimulate cognitive
development. When resources are available, teaching academic
subjects, technical skills, microcomputer use, vocational knowledge,
and other important life skills through students' primary language
as well as second language is crucial to students' chances for
productive lives upon release and for avoiding re-incarceration.
Obtaining Your GED with
English as Your Second Language
This web site addresses the unique challenge educators face in the corrections
field when instructing students with English as their second language.
Incarceration to Productive Lifestyle
This instructional guide for education providers includes practical
suggestions for the how, what, and when of program delivery. New educators can
refer to the sample lessons and other sections of the guide to answer their
questions about selecting appropriate instructional materials, dealing with
logistical problems, and recognizing important data.
Correctional Education Association
The CEA is a membership association of education professionals working in a wide
range of correctional settings. CEA can assist adult literacy
practitioners through legislative advocacy, professional development activities,
publications, and networking services.
The curriculum was designed specifically for persons in correctional
settings. The skills developed include basic skills, cognitive skills, and
job skills. The curriculum is built around the notion that each student is
the president of a corporation, which is him or herself.
Prison Literacy Programs
ERIC Digest No. 159, authored by Sandra
The mastery of literacy skills may be a preventive and proactive way to address the problems of recidivism as well as the high cost of imprisonment and the huge increase in the prison population. However, correctional educators contend with multiple problems in delivering literacy programs to inmates. This Digest sets the context of prison literacy programs, outlines some of the constraints, and describes what factors work.
Shakespeare in Jail
This is the first part of an article written by Boston area teacher, Martina Jackson, about her years of experience teaching Shakespeare to women in the Suffolk County House of Correction. David Rosen says of this work, "Martina has brilliantly developed this program, choosing plays that are accessible and which speak powerfully to themes in the students' lives. I think this is an excellent example of how one can teach challenging content, hold high standards, engage students in the discussion of fascinating literature, and provide an opportunity-one of the few in their lives in jail or elsewhere-to talk about what is most important to students."
Challenge of Individualized Instruction in Corrections
Carl B. Clements
Journal of Correctional
Education • Volume 51 • Issue 3 • September 2000
In this article, 14 challenges faced by correctional educators in
implementing individualized instruction are investigated. Each challenge is
developed in the context of available knowledge and the author’s own
experience in working with adult offenders. The hallmarks of individualized
instruction are described with particular emphasis on a systems approach that
includes: A theory-driven model of behavior change, specification of learning
goals, assessment of skills, and a focused prescription of instructional lessons
that promote and shape academic skills. In addition to describing successes with
programmed instructional materials, other validated approaches such as Direct
Instruction and Precision Teaching are reviewed. The recommendations in this
article should provide a basis for constructing a highly accountable and
successful educational program. Available in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat reader
Education: How We Do It
Twila S. Evans
Pennsylvania ABLE, Administrators Handbook, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 2000
This article describes how the correctional facility in the County of
Northampton, Pennsylvania dispenses its daily educational activities to the
Detailed is a description of who they are, what they do, how they
accomplish their educational goals, and why they do what they do.
The concluding section lists six important lessons to be shared.