|Letter from the Director
Welcome to the inaugural newsletter of the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings. We launched the Center earlier this year with the goal of helping states across the country radically improve their policies and practices related to educating youth confined in long-term, secure facilities. Our efforts are already under way; we have started working with agencies responsible for adjudicated youth and plan to visit nearly 20 states by midsummer.
I want to thank the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and the College of Education at the University of Maryland for their backing. Their early-stage support has allowed us to launch this nationwide project.
I hope you will take a few minutes to explore our website. Feel free to send us comments or ideas for improving it. We will increase its utility as we roll out our listserv, newsletter, and practitioner toolkit over the next few weeks.
So, Now What?
Phase 1 - Youth Correctional Education Incubation and Research Project
During our first year, policy experts and practitioners associated with the Center will analyze educational programs for adjudicated youth in up to 20 jurisdictions, at no cost to the state or county agencies involved. We plan to conduct the majority of our site visits in the winter and spring of 2012.
It is going to be a very busy year: We have received requests from over fifteen states who would like to participate with us on our Phase 1 research and evaluation project. As of February, we have been in touch with the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, California (Alameda County), Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, and Virginia.
Click here to read the highlights from our recent visit to Delaware.