Literacy

Adult Basic Education

Foundational Learning

Target:  Students assessed below the 6th grade level in reading or math

All offenders will demonstrate completion of the Education/Career Bridge One series in language arts, math, science and social studies.  Priority is given to offenders 21 and younger. 

Developmental Education

TargetStudents assessed at the 6th grade level in reading or math, with secondary education goal

All offenders will demonstrate completion of the Education/Career Bridge Two series in language arts, math, science and social studies.  Priority is given to offenders 21 and younger. 

Goals:  Provide higher level instruction integrated with technology and financial literacy leading to secondary education completion:

  • ABE curriculum is reviewed and revised based on student data and current ABE and correctional education best practice.
    • Strategy:  Align curriculum with Common Core State Standards
    • Strategy:  Provide training for staff on implementation of the revised curriculum

 

  • Blended learning techniques will be leveraged to optimize efficiency, and to tailor and expand teaching methodology to best meet student learning styles.
    • Strategy:  Provide staff development for the implementation of educational software
    • Strategy:  Embed educational software lessons and objectives into curriculum and personal education plans.

 

  • PreRelease, Computer Literacy and Education/Career Planning will be embedded into every level of the ABE program.  Students will leave the IDOC prepared for post-secondary education and the workplace.
    • Strategy:  Implement and train staff on the PreRelease Program.

 

  • Students will acquire stackable credentials to increase their employability
    • Strategy:  Partner with SDE, DOL, LCSC, CWI, CI and industry to expand training opportunities for offender students
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