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2017 Corrections Education Conference Program

We look forward to welcoming you to the next Corrections Education Conference in 2019. Until then, feel free to review and use the 2017 conference resources below.

Corrections Education and Reentry Conference:
Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn 

Program descriptions and conference rooms


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Designed for administrative staff, this strand brings together experts from throughout the state to look at ways to improve Corrections Education information management systems and records. Participants will share best practices and learn about upcoming changes to OMNI and student management systems. Most importantly, participants will craft recommendations on how to track student progress and improve information flow from the classroom to the office to information management systems.

Topics include:

  • Upcoming changes to OMNI
  • How to track student progress
  • Understand how Advance Corrections will impact workflows
  • Tracking vocational programs and classes in OMNI
  • Sharing best practices in OMNI

This strand addresses issues that focus on deepening learner motivation and helping adults to want to learn. In this team-taught strand, the Wlodkowskis offer a clear framework and 60 practical, research-based strategies designed to elicit and encourage learner motivation. You will learn practical examples, guidelines for instructional planning and cutting-edge ideas for assessment and transfer of learning. Raymond Wlodkowski is the author of the textbook, "Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn – A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching All Adults."

The move from traditional GED lab instruction to more competency-based, contextualized and engaged instruction can be daunting. How do faculty find the time to develop lesson plans that meet all students at their skill level?

How do faculty know when a student has achieved competency in a skill? And how do faculty, staff and students accommodate the constant turnover and change in a corrections education classroom? Be part of the discussion to identify how to contextualize your class, identify structural obstacles that may be a challenge and how to move through these changes.

This strand will focus on the efforts of staff and faculty from colleges, community-based organizations, non-profits and other transitional organizations to ensure the successful transition of incarcerated individuals to back into the community.

Participants will learn from these organizations what is going well, as well as the struggles, challenges and opportunities.

Workforce education instructors are invited to participate in a hands-on, mini boot camp session based on the highly successful Center of Excellence for Careers in Education training.

Mike Kelly, Grays Harbor College dean of workforce education and vocational boot camp creator and primary author, has taught boot camp for 10 years and will lead this interactive, customized session. Kelly will focus on the most relevant elements of quality instructional leadership and best practices in classroom/shop management with interactive demonstrations, discussions and activities for corrections educators.

Sessions: Monday, May 8, 2017

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study examined the impacts of repeated exposure to trauma in childhood and found implications for every sector of society, including the workplace.  Learn to define ACEs and how they show up in the workplace and impact employment.

Outcome: By the end of the session participants will be able to define ACEs and the relevancy to brain development, behavior and health outcomes. Apply the principles of the ACE Study and resilience in working with incarcerated students.

An overview of the registered apprenticeship and recognized pre-apprenticeship programs in Washington. This presentation will emphasize the minimum qualifications for program entry and preparation programs available regionally to connect individuals with local apprenticeship opportunities.

Outcome: Find publicly available information on regional apprenticeship opportunities, find publicly available information on recognized pre-apprenticeship programs, and understand how to navigate the Apprenticeship Registration and Tracking System (ARTS).

Big Bend Community College combined three unsuccessful math courses into one and saw a 32 percent increase in student success by using open source, self-paced, competency-based modules in an inverted math model, supported by one instructor and tutors.

In addition, students are able to accelerate through the course to begin college-level courses one or two quarters early, resulting in huge tuition savings. As colleges and correction centers adopt versions of this program across the state, many instructors want to modify and personalize the content. We will work with the tools needed to make your classroom personable and unique using your own content and vision in a classroom environment with no access to outside servers or connectivity.

IMPORTANT: To get the most out of this active learning session, attendees are encouraged do the following three things before the conference:

  1. Request a account ASAP – it can take up to a week to get an approval.
  2. Create a YouTube account and know your user name and password.
  3. Bring a computer.

Interested in learning about a new tool you will be able to reference in your work and offer to justice-involved clients? Want to help refine that tool and make it the most relevant and accessible publication it can be? Writing your own self-help publications and curious to learn from others?

If so, let WA Appleseed introduce you to the WA Reentry Guide (WRG), a comprehensive self-help publication designed to help justice-involved individuals navigate the many barriers to successful reentry they will encounter upon being released from prison.

The first half of the session covers the topics the guide will cover, how we plan to present the information, about our publications process and the lessons we're learning and when you can expect to have it in your hands. Completing the guide requires a small army of pro bono attorneys, community partners, and subject matter experts to develop, refine, and distribute the guide.

During the second half of the session, WA Appleseed invites audience members to be part of its team by soliciting feedback from audience members on its approach. Audience participants will be broken up into small teams and respond to a short survey to talk through with their team members. Then, team members will have an opportunity to report back to the larger group. We'll debrief the results and catalog the take-away.

Outcome: By the end of the session participants will be able to articulate what the WRG is, how they might use it in their day-to-day work, and provide WA Appleseed critical feedback on making sure the guide is accessible, relevant and useful to justice-involved and formerly justice-involved individuals.

By using the lessons of the Makerspace movement, veteran instructor, Farshid Mirzaei proposes a program to help students shape their creative ideas into a business. Mirzaei suggests that by combining programs in design and manufacturing, educators can provide opportunities for students to develop skills and knowledge in prototyping, rapid design, and bringing products to market.

Outcome: By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  1. Update their knowledge on future needed skills.
  2. Learn about the direction of design and technology at the state, national and global level.
  3. Get familiar with today's technology and tools in serving inventors.

Through a partnership with Washington state and Microsoft, all corrections facilities have free access to the Microsoft Imagine Academy program. Join this session to learn about the technology curriculum resources and certifications from Microsoft. We will also discuss how those seeking skills and employment as they transition also have free access to the resources through the Washington state public library system.

Outcome: By the end of this session, participants will be able to understand Microsoft Imagine Academy resources for professional development and use in their facility. We will also share how these resources can be used at Washington state public libraries for FREE!

Sessions: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Session participants should come away with an understanding of current technology within corrections and how learning materials align with these technologies.

Outcome: By the end of the session, attendees will:

  1. Know of literature sources to learn more.
  2. Have an overview of technology companies serving the corrections education community.
  3. Learn about different learning resources that align with various technologies.

The Correctional Industries Workforce Development division of the Department of Corrections will share how the program was developed, its approach to engaging the community of stakeholders and how we transition the skills, training and services offered inside the institutions to employment in the community.

By the end of this session participants will be able to learn tools they can implement to connect appropriate and goal driven outside entities (non-profits, employers, training programs, service providers, etc.) to our population; learn about our two-pronged approach to employment navigation; and use our examples to evaluate strengths and challenges.

Want to help your students be successful post-release? Come find out some easy ways to provide resource materials, worksheets, college catalogs, career inventory info and other free materials. All participants will leave the session with a free CD of materials.

By the end of this session participants will be able to understand how to navigate free resources without access to Internet accessible computers in the classroom.

The College Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) is a housing partnership Tacoma Community College (TCC) developed with the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA).

This program provides active case management from TCC and Section 8 housing vouchers from THA to qualified homeless and almost homeless students. Because of the identified need for supports for individuals impacted by the justice system, discussions and commitments have occurred between TCC and THA to launch a pilot program that assists this population. Join us to hear about the work that has occurred with this project and to share and develop strategies that can be used at your own institutions.

Session Materials: What Come First?

Educational programming for adults is designed to provide the acquisition of skills that will lead to successful outcomes. Planning and implementing academic programs in correctional settings, however, often occurs without incorporating elements that address participation, engagement, and progress with this unique population. This interactive session will focus on identification of the issues that impact motivation and discussion of practical methods for incorporating key elements to improve learner success.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to identify and explain:

  1. Factors that contribute to reluctance or resistance to participate in educational programming in inmate populations.
  2. The correlation between motivation and successful outcomes, and
  3. The practical application of specific elements that lead to increased motivation in adult learners.

Learn the main principles of accessible design that apply to any and all content you create, whether it's a Word document, PowerPoint presentation, PDF, Excel spreadsheet, video or other formats.

This will not be a how-to lab, but instead will address important design choices that we make when creating (or purchasing) content in order to help you make decisions that support accessible course design and student success.

Fuji Rooms 3 and 4

Learn about SimLog's Heavy Equipment Simulators and how they can be used to help prepare for good careers in a field with opportunities.

  1. Understand the available simulation options.
  2. Understand the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER ) Heavy Equipment Operations(HEO) program.


Who Should Attend?

  • Corrections education programs faculty and staff
  • Reentry staff
  • Community-based organizations
  • Students interested in issues of corrections education

Learn Best Practices in Corrections Education

  • Engage students in pre-college and basic education courses
  • Develop key skills in workforce instruction
  • Build pathways for incarcerated individuals to continue education after release
  • Enhance adult motivation to learn
  • Improve business practices and operations



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