Register Now: Learning and Performance Symposium 2017

The National Institute of Corrections is pleased to announce the 2017 Learning and Performance Symposium: Developing Curriculum: Design Matters. This year’s focus will be developing curriculum including workshops on utilizing Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) to design learner centered training.

August 8-10, 2017. 
National Corrections Academy, Aurora, CO.  

What Will Occur During This Year’s Symposium? 

  • Breakout sessions on curriculum design and development issues
  • Opportunities for sharing what innovations in curriculum design and development you are implementing and trying out in your organization – and how they are working and/or not working
  • Catalyzing presentations followed by “how can we implement” discussions focusing on curriculum design and development
  • And More!

Who Should Attend?

Staff development and training professionals from local, state and federal adult and juvenile corrections settings including jails, prisons, community corrections, juvenile detention, juvenile probation and parole, US Probation, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Pre Trial Services.

Specifically – anyone who works in criminal justice staff development and training including Training Directors, Training Administrators, Training Coordinators, Full-Time Trainers, Part-Time Trainers (Adjunct or Field), and Curriculum Designers regardless of time in role.
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Application Requirements
Apply at this link in the NIC Learning Center:
https://nic.learn.com/learncenter.asp?id=178409&DCT=1&mode=edit&page=98

Application Due Date
June 15, 2017

See attached flier for details

Cooperative Agreement: Evidence-Based Librarianship in Corrections – Data Analysis

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The purpose of this project is to analyze and report on outcomes stemming from a national working group meeting for Evidence-Based Librarianship in Corrections.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables
This project meets the following NIC stated goals:

  • Effectively Managed Prisons, Jails, and Community Corrections Programs and Facilities
  • Enhanced Organizational and Professional Performance in Corrections
  • Improved Correctional Practices through the Exploration of Trends and Public Policy Issues

The awardee of this project will support the meeting of these goals by:

  • Providing time-stamped transcription of the recorded responses (8-10 hours) of participants in a working group consisting of correctional library professionals.
  • Analyzing the content of working group recordings to identify key insights and trends.
  • Reporting on the results of the analyses in an NIC document series consisting of 6 bulletins (one for each domain of librarianship) plus one additional topic (for a total of 7 bulletins) covering evidence-based librarianship in corrections.
  • Providing recommendations that may support the ongoing development of evidence-based librarianship in corrections.\Working closely with NIC staff during the course of the project to address scope of work and provide progress updates.

Deliverables. In addition to the strategy and content of the program design, the successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The program narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities.

Deliverables received as a result of this solicitation will be accepted based in part on Plain Writing Act requirements for plain language and Section 508 requirements for accessibility. Deliverables include the following items:

  • Transcription of audio recording of working group responses.
  • Review and analysis of working group audio recordings and transcripts.
  • Summary report of findings to be published in an NIC document series for evidence-based librarianship in corrections.
  • Summary report of the project’s activities, data analysis, and recommendations that may support the ongoing development of evidence-based librarianship in corrections.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on July 18, 2017.


Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://www.sam.gov.  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Call for Workshop Proposals — NAPSA Annual Conference

National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA)
2017 Annual Conference and Training Institute
Call for Workshop Proposals

The National Association of Pretrial Services (NAPSA) is pleased to issue a call for proposals of workshops for the 45th Annual Conference and Training Institute, to be held at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 10-13, 2017. Workshop proposals are due May 31, 2017.

The NAPSA Conference and Training Institute provides participants with the opportunity to review the foundations of pretrial, learn the latest research findings, hear about the implementation of evidence-based practices, and understand current opportunities available to those working in the field. The goal of each workshop should be to provide attendees with information, tools, or action items that they can take home and use in their own jurisdiction. Conference attendees include pretrial services and front-end intervention program staff, judges, prosecutors, defense counsel, law enforcement, advocacy organizations and policy makers.

NAPSA will be hosting over sixty, 50-minute workshops during the conference. NAPSA recognizes that some topics require more than 50 minutes; therefore, the conference will feature two types of workshops: Regular, which will run for 50 minutes, and Extended, which will run for two 50-minute sessions. We will also repeat some workshops on multiple days.

Proposals should be submitted using NAPSA's online workshop proposal submission site (click on login to create a username and password). Information required to complete the online form includes:
Name, email, telephone number and organization name of contact person

Workshop title (no more than 10 words)

  • Workshop description (no more than 150 words)
  • Workshop length: (Regular – 50 minutes; Extended – 100 minutes)
  • Learning objectives
  • Methodology (i.e. exercises, audience participation, role play, action planning, etc.)
  • Willingness to repeat the workshop a second time during the conference

All proposals will be reviewed by the NAPSA Education Committee, which will select those that best meet attendee needs to provide information that is relevant and practical and enables attendees to build skills, increase competencies, and enhance pretrial justice in their home communities.

Preferences will be given to proposals that incorporate adult learning principles in their methodology (i.e., exercises, audience participation, action planning) or that present new research findings. Workshops that highlight the successful implementation of evidence-based pretrial practices in a particular jurisdiction or series of jurisdictions should also address how those practices can be implemented in other jurisdictions. Each workshop should allow time for questions and answers.

Please note that NAPSA does not pay fees, travel or hotel costs, or waive conference registration fees for workshop presenters. Conference registration fees are not required for presenters who are present only for their own workshop. Reduced conference registration fees are applied to presenters attending workshops or other events beyond their workshop as described above.

Workshop proposals are due by May 31, 2017

Cooperative Agreement – Advancing Research on Offender Behavioral Change: Sanctions and Incentives

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The purpose of this solicitation is further the research to promote the use of responses to behavioral change that support offender pro-social self-change.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables

This competitive solicitation will fund the development of a research agenda to further the research around the effective use of behavioral interventions to support offender pro-social self-change.

Objectives:

  1. Identify current evidence-based practices and best practices with the application of sanctions and incentives utilized by the community corrections field that promote offender pro-social self-change.
  2. Further the research by developing a research agenda that will address the knowledge and
  3. Address the literature gap around the application of sanctions and incentives as an evidence-based approach to support offender behavior modification.

Deliverables:

In addition to the strategy and content of the program design, the successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The program narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities.

  1. Develop research design to identify what best practices exist for incorporating sanctions and incentives into a comprehensive behavioral management model.
  2. Develop a white paper summarizing research findings.
  3. Based on research findings develop a research agenda to expand the body of knowledge around the effective use of behavioral interventions to support offender pro-social self-change.
  4. Develop a report, for community corrections practitioners, outlining approaches to build an accumulative body of research that supports the effective use of sanctions and incentives within community supervision models.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on July 3, 2017.


Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://www.sam.gov.  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Call for Participation: NIC Working Group on Evidence-Based Librarianship in Corrections

Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017

Over the past several decades, library services for incarcerated and justice-involved individuals have increasingly been regarded as a means of increasing desirable activities from individuals under correctional supervision. Further, some research suggests that library services can play an even greater role, possibly contributing to improved job skills, study habits, and effective communication, as they transition to becoming responsible tax-paying citizens.

OVERVIEW

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) would like to examine the larger role that library services can play in corrections, whether for individuals in confinement or for those fulfilling sentences in the community. You can be part of this effort by applying to participate in an NIC working group meeting on Evidence-Based Librarianship in Corrections. This working group will look at how correctional library service is being used around the country today and how it could be improved with evidence-based practices to support correctional goals.

Understanding that staffing and responsibilities based on an individual’s job title may differ from one jurisdiction to the next, we have outlined a list of functional roles rather than job titles to assist you in deciding whether to apply. Candidates appropriate for the working group will have had experience providing services to a population comprising a significant number of incarcerated and justice-involved individuals and will have been responsible for decision making in the following areas:

  • Collections Development
  • Education and Programming within the Library
  • Management of Library Operations
  • Marketing/Promotion of Library Services
  • Information Access and Retrieval
  • Fulfillment of Reference Inquiries

It is not expected that a single individual will be responsible for all of the activities listed above. Therefore, candidates applying to participate should have responsibility for at least half of the items mentioned.

If selected, candidates will be invited to attend a two-day session at either the National Correctional Academy in Aurora, Colorado or at NIC headquarters in Washington, DC. Responding to this information request does not constitute any binding agreement between the applicant and the United States Government.

HOW TO APPLY
To apply to be part of the NIC working group on Evidence-Based Librarianship in Corrections, please submit the following items via e-mail as an attachment in Word or PDF to Donna Ledbetter, NIC Writer/Editor, at dledbetter@bop.gov:

  • Current résumé or vitae
  • Written explanation not to exceed 1,500 words that details why you are qualified to participate and interested in being part of this program
  • The recommendation of a supervisor or colleague who can attest to the quality of your work

Please include the words EBLC Meeting Application in the subject line of your e-mail.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you require additional information or have questions about how to apply, please contact Donna Ledbetter, NIC Writer/Editor, at dledbetter@bop.gov or 202-514-4072.

Justice Involved Women: Developing an Agency-Wide Approach 17C3203

August 22-24, 2017: The program is delivered in three sequential phases – on line learning, face-to-face training and follow up coaching. Through blended learning delivery this 36-hour program leads participant teams through strategic planning to develop an agency plan that provides coordination and direction to manage women offenders effectively. The plan will guide development of agency policies and procedures to ensure that responsive and effective services are provided to meet the supervision and programming needs of justice involved women. The curriculum is designed to assist agencies to implement planned change in support of their public safety missions.

Application Deadline: June 16, 2017

Location: Aurora, Colorado

Who Should Attend: Staff with policymaking and decision-making authority in areas such as oversight of women’s corrections institutions, community corrections programs, leadership roles in critical areas such as medical/mental health, classification, risk and need reducing programs and re-entry. The training teams will be comprised of 4 individuals representing jails, prisons, community corrections or combined teams that commit to working together to developing an agency-wide draft proposal for improved management of justice involved women.

  • Requirements: Teams are asked to make a one-year commitment to this process. EACH MEMBER OF A PROPOSED TEAM MUST APPLY INDIVIDUALLY. One individual cannot apply for the full team. Teams that do not have a full complement of registered participants will not be considered for acceptance.
  • Please forward to Maureen Buell, NIC mbuell@bop.gov by June 16, 2017 to be considered for acceptance:
    • A written endorsement training attendance by top leadership of the agency to in consideration of implementing gender responsive policy and practice.
    • A short description of what outcomes your agency would like to achieve with respect to the management of justice involved women. Descriptions can be a team effort or one from each individual team member.
  • Must be able to demonstrate completion of all pre and post training assignments, to include three (3) one hour online training courses as assigned, and follow-up virtual team coaching. Faculty coaches will work with assigned team to provide support and guidance, on a limited basis, as teams address challenges, barriers as well as opportunities in policy and practice design. The coaching sessions are to be completed on or about December, 30, 2017.
  • Must be able to fully attend 20 hours over 2.5 days of face-to-face training, August 22-24, 2017.

Description:

The curriculum is research based, gender-informed (women) and designed for making systemic changes to improve management of justice involved women. Identified outcomes for enhanced policy and practice may include working toward reductions in recidivism and intermediate outcomes as in harm reduction, improved program participation rates, the appropriate use of disciplinary sanctions, successful reintegration/reentry and improvements in community stabilization.

Contact: Maureen Buell, Correctional Program Specialist

mbuell@bop.gov or 1-202-514-0121