Doing PD for Federal Bureau of Prisons Next Month
Submitted by Steve Schmidt on February 13, 2020 - 2:38pm
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Susan Pittman and I are doing two rounds of PD next month for Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) instructors across the US. These instructors have had very little academic training in the last 5 years. We have three days of PD which will center on reading, math, and writing. We did a similar PD session last September, and I learned a great deal about the challenges these educators face I have been involved in corrections education only as an administrator of a local adult basic ed program, and we had classes at state prison facilities and county detention centers.
Here are my requests for help. Please tackle one or more of these.
1. I have the feeling that inmate tutors provide most of the instruction in FBOP classes. I believe the best teacher in the classroom should be the one teaching. The inmate tutors in most cases do not have any education background. How could I encourage the FBOP instructors to take more of the lead in instruction?
2. I like to do group work and have students interact with each other. I know this is possible at some prison facilities and will not work at all at others. What group work activities function well in corrections and what should be avoided?
3. Since I have never taught in corrections, I have no "street cred." How should I handle myself at the PD sessions in light of this?
4. Is there anything else helpful I should know?
Thanks in advance for your help,
Moderator, LINCS Reading and Writing Community of Practice