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1 2014 NDTAC National Conference Technology in Education Removing unnecessary barriers to learning – Education 4 Change

2 The Mission “While it is imperative that communities strengthen school, family, and community supports to prevent youth from having any contact with the justice system in the first place, educational and juvenile justice agencies must also ensure that youth who are already confined receive the services they need to meet their educational goals, obtain employment, and avoid recidivism.” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan & Attorney General Eric Holder June 2014

3 Quick Overview of Juvenile Justice Education in Oregon The Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) houses youth from 12 to 25 years of age. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) provides funding and the education until a youth has attained a regular high school diploma or is over the age of 21. OYA provides vocational and post-secondary education to youth that have graduated or that are over the age of 21. ODE and OYA work intently to ensure smooth transitions for youth from K–12 to post-secondary and from the facilities to the community. Both agencies fund education at twice the funding rate of an average K–12 student in Oregon and run a 220-day (11- month) academic year with 5.5 hours of instruction per day

4 High Expectations for Both Youth and Adults No matter what field of study or vocational interests an OYA youth has, it is important to begin preparation for college and career studies while under OYA supervision. Access to technology and skill development is vital in preparation for today’s world. ODE and OYA have worked together to meet the varied educational and vocational needs of all of the diverse youth.

5 OYA - Continuous Improvement with a Focus on Education OYA created a position within the agency to serve as a liaison with ODE and to develop vocational and post- secondary educational offerings. OYA assessed the challenges of Internet access for youth for both K–12 and college courses. OYA developed a formal policy for youth access to the Internet with a focus on online education resources and transition preparation. ODE staff have open communication with the OYA Director

6 Cultural Shift towards digital learning

7 Obstacles Management and staff attitudes, fears, and lack of understanding of technology Constant pace of technological innovation – “wireless contraband” Systemic and physical infrastructure to enable access to technology Rural/remote areas with limited technological access, experience, and expertise Last 6 years of financial hardship and constant change in leadership

8 Removing Obstacles Positive and “can-do” attitude Identify and address issues head-on: focus on a solution path; seek feedback from peer states and technical aid from NDTAC and other organizations, such as Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS). Involve stakeholders, including students, and keep the lines of communication open

9 How Technology is Improving the Educational Experience Oregon Student Transcript Exchange (OSTX) saves time in youth transcripts moving between schools Let’s Go Learn online assessment system for multi-systems Career Information System (CIS) allows for smoother transition to the community Students have access to a wider range of courses taught by High Qualified Teachers (HQT) Youth have access to college courses and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Students have access to courses at different facilities and beyond the school day Mobile GED testing lab that travel to different facilities Training and classes for adults too, including iLearn

10 The Learning Network ODE and OYA have contracted with local educational and Internet service providers Local school districts, educational service districts, community and 4- year colleges Two separate high speed dedicated networks for different purposes: education and juvenile justice Both agencies share resources with educational providers

11 BASIC Blended Learning

12 Infractions and Solutions Breech of security – compromised logins and password Adult staff impropriety and myth of anonymity Youth access internet and email inappropriately OYA and ODE work together on investigations OYA and law enforcement have access to education staff and equipment for investigations without warrants Intergovernmental Agreement and contracts spell out security protocols and technology safeguards

13 Safety in Numbers United View

14 Why Digital Learning Provides access to Highly Qualified and credentialed teachers and professors Addresses capacity challenges for education, especially for rural sites Emulates general trends and moves content to Virtual Schools, E-Learning-based platforms, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Allows more students to be educated in a reduced space and at the students' pace E-Learning methods can reduce per-student cost of education, allowing correctional systems to efficiently leverage federal and state revenue streams

15 Facing Costs The rising costs of K–12 and post-secondary education across the country is enlarging the divide of equity and access for youth in the juvenile justice system to quality educational experiences.

16 Learning Offline Some youth prefer computer-assisted instruction Learning according to their own self-pace Levels of supervision and assistance vary There are advantages of greater access time and lower cost of administration Facilities can expand their instructional course offerings and reach

17 Freedom to Explore All living units have access to college courses Youth have freedom to explore interests and potential areas of study

18 Technology is not just the Internet: Master Gardening All facilities gained Master Gardening DVD’s from partnering university with text books. Conduct green technology and ecology projects

19 Orientation and Encouragement: Online Courses Mentoring and exposing youth to research and business skills helps in transition

20 Communication Skills and Processing Before designing on a computer, youth engage staff in their ideas and possibilities, which promotes soft and technical skills

21 Interest in Wood Leads to an Interest in Computer Design Youth gain confidence from their love of wood working to technology and design

22 Making it Real

23 Online to Assess Current Trends Youth learned styling trends and techniques online. MOOC on business helped with opening a barbershop

24 Being a Part of a Cause Learning computer skills and helping peers to gain college courses. Civic duty and technology.

25 Digital Music Studio Youth have attended online music schools Youth have set up audio and video projects Youth gained employment at local radio station and other careers

26 Entrepreneurial Spirit: Facility Geek Squad Class to prepare state surplus computers to be repurposed. Teaching youth basics of A+ Certification including: o Hardware recognition and service. o Software installation. o Troubleshooting techniques. o System maintenance.

27 Drivers Education: From Simulator to Road Test

28 Machine Shop: Computer Diagnostic and Design

29 Youth in firefighting course learn online, and gain skills to operate emergency radio equipment

30 Technology Kits Wind Power Technology kits for 6 facilities. Popular hands-on project with youth Youth also visited wind farm

31 OPEN E-Learning System Internet – School/Facility Organize Sites - White List OpenCourseWare from Internet: Kahn Academy GED – Study Guides Odysseyware College classes / MOOC Read 180 Career Info System (CIS) Oregon Library Express Let’s Go Learn National Career Readiness E-learning content resides on secure server and standalone systems: Software organizes subjects and class material Students can navigate through subjects and courses CLEP Course Catalogue Self-paced or study group participation Transition and treatment Build portfolio Student terminals options: State surplus recycled computers Open Source Resources Donation OYA youth program build LINUX systems Open Source applications and freeware: Google Docs Open Office Adobe Reader PDF Real Player/iTunes

32 Noted MOOC’s Udemy: 16,000 courses (in 10 different languages!) Class Central: high-quality MOOCs from reputable providers Stanford’s SEE: Technology SEE (Stanford Engineering Everywhere.) edX: non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT. Coursera: education to improve youth’s lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Saylor: a very simple, very earnest, and very bold idea: Education should be free. Khan Academy: Khans Mission is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Academic Earth: Academic Earth has curated links to over 750 online courses and 8,500 individual online lectures, unparalleled access to college. Harvard Online Courses: Distance education classes at Harvard Extension School - online video or live Web-conference format.

33 The Fundamentals

34 Future Hopes Equity in access to education for those in secure facilities Resource Warehouse Web base E-Learning utilization of MOOC content bring mass education to mass incarceration. Virtual School District that encompasses K–12 & post- secondary CLEP testing offered at all correctional facilities

35 Our Goal Youth will attain educational achievements that they would not have otherwise attained Through education there is a reduction in recidivism Youth will be employable in the community and lead productive, crime-free lives All systems will view technology as a necessary tool that facilitates educational success

36 Thank you Russ Sweet – Statewide Title I, Part D N&D Coordinator - Oregon Department of Education russ.sweet@state.or.usruss.sweet@state.or.us and (503) 947-5638 Sam Ko – Subpart 1, Title I, N&D Grant Recipient - Oregon Department of Education sam.ko@state.or.ussam.ko@state.or.us and (503) 947-5745 Frank Martin - Education Administrator - Oregon Youth Authority frank.martin@state.or.usfrank.martin@state.or.us and (503) 986-0362


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