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2014 NDTAC National Conference

Technology in EducationRemoving unnecessary barriers to learning – Education 4 Change


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


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


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.


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


Cultural Shift towards digital learning



Management and staff attitudes, fears, and lack of understanding of technologyConstant pace of technological innovation – “wireless contraband”Systemic and physical infrastructure to enable access to technologyRural/remote areas with limited technological access, experience, and expertise

Last 6 years of financial hardship and constant change in leadership


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


How Technology is Improving the Educational Experience

Oregon Student Transcript Exchange (OSTX) saves time in youth transcripts moving between schoolsLet’s Go Learn online assessment system for multi-systemsCareer Information System (CIS) allows for smoother transition to the communityStudents 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 dayMobile GED testing lab that travel to different facilities

Training and classes for adults too, including iLearn


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 collegesTwo separate high speed dedicated networks for different purposes: education and juvenile justiceBoth agencies share resources with educational providers


BASIC Blended Learning


Infractions and Solutions

Breech of security – compromised logins and passwordAdult staff impropriety and myth of anonymityYouth access internet and email inappropriatelyOYA and ODE work together on investigationsOYA and law enforcement have access to education staff and equipment for investigations without warrantsIntergovernmental Agreement and contracts spell out security protocols and technology safeguards


Safety in NumbersUnited View


Why Digital L

earningProvides access to Highly Qualified and credentialed teachers and professorsAddresses

capacity challenges for education, especially for rural sitesEmulates 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' paceE-Learning methods

can reduce per-student cost of education, allowing correctional systems to efficiently

leverage federal

and state revenue



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.


Learning Offline

Some youth prefer computer-assisted instruction Learning according to their own self-paceLevels of supervision and assistance varyThere are advantages of greater access time and lower cost of administrationFacilities can expand their instructional course offerings and reach


Freedom to Explore

All living units have access to college coursesYouth have freedom to explore interests and potential areas of study


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


Orientation and Encouragement:Online Courses

Mentoring and exposing youth to research and business skills helps in transition


Communication Skills and Processing

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


Interest in Wood Leads to an Interest in Computer Design

Youth gain confidence from their love of wood working to technology and design


Making it Real


Online to Assess Current Trends

Youth learned styling trends and techniques online.MOOC on business helped with opening a barbershop


Being a Part of a Cause

Learning computer skills and helping peers to gain college courses. Civic duty and technology.


Digital Music Studio

Youth have attended online music schoolsYouth have set up audio and video projectsYouth gained employment at local radio station and other careers


Entrepreneurial Spirit: Facility Geek Squad

Class to prepare state surplus computers to be repurposed.Teaching youth basics of A+ Certification including:Hardware recognition and service.Software installation.Troubleshooting techniques.

System maintenance.


Drivers Education: From Simulator to Road Test


Machine Shop:Computer Diagnostic and Design


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


Technology Kits

Wind Power Technology kits for 6 facilities. Popular hands-on project with youthYouth also visited wind farm


OPEN E-Learning System

Internet – School/Facility Organize Sites - White ListOpenCourseWare from Internet:

Kahn AcademyGED – Study Guides


College classes / MOOCRead 180Career 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


OYA youth program

build LINUX systems

Open Source applications and freeware:

Google Docs

Open Office

Adobe Reader PDF

Real Player/iTunes


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



Online Courses: 

Distance education classes at Harvard Extension School

- online

video or live




The Fundamentals

Stand alone College Computers

Content from Open Sources

MOOC & education content on DVD or KIOSK


iloted program at a majority of facilities

Secure Network – OYA - YCEP and DOC

Contracted OYA / DOC Voc/Ed Providers

MOOC online learning and transition

Online community college courses

Content OPEN and Community Colleges

E-learning course list and study material on MOOC sites, Community College online courses on DVD

Content Open Source, program material


Course study, transition, treatment, GED

Online completion and CLEP exam for college credit, where sites permit


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


Our Goal

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


Thank you

Russ Sweet – Statewide Title

I, Part D

N&D Coordinator - Oregon Department of Educationruss.sweet@state.or.us

and (503) 947-5638

Sam Ko

– Subpart 1, Title

I, N&D

Grant Recipient - Oregon Department of Education



(503) 947-5745

Frank Martin

- Education Administrator - Oregon Youth Authority


and (503) 986-0362

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