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CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
Providing high-quality education in juvenile justice settings presents unique challenges for the administrators, teachers, and staff who are responsible for the education, rehabilitation, and welfare of youths committed to their care. This continuing education course, developed using information from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, provides information on strategies to strengthen the quality of educational services for youths displaced from community schools for long periods of time, particularly those in secure care facilities. Guiding principles recommended by the federal government for ensuring high-quality education in juvenile justice secure care settings are discussed along with supportive core activities for consideration by agencies and facilities seeking to improve existing education-related practices or implement new ones.
1. Outline the characteristics of youths involved in the juvenile justice system and the negative effects of long-term commitments to juvenile justice secure care facilities.
2. Provide an overview of current practices, challenges, and recommended improvements to education services in secure care settings.
3. Identify the guiding principles recommended by the federal government for providing high-quality education in juvenile justice secure care settings.
4. Evaluate strategies to prioritize education in these settings and address the individual needs of all youths, including those with disabilities and English learners.
5. Describe specific core activities necessary to support the guiding principles and to improve existing education-related practices or implement new ones.
6. Discuss necessary funding to support educational opportunities for all youths within long-term secure care facilities, as well as the recruitment, employment, and retention of qualified education staff.
7. Summarize methods to promote a rigorous and relevant curriculum along with career and technical options for interested youths in juvenile care settings.
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