Influencing positive systemic change in youth's legal issues in the juvenile justice, education and child welfare systems within Indiana.
In an effort to end isolation of teachers in detention facilities, standardize best practices for teaching, and offer quality resources to detention educators, the Indiana Juvenile Detention Association - Educator's Group (IJDA-E) began meeting in August 2005 with the support of the Youth Law T.E.A.M. of Indiana. Through monthly meetings, the IJDA-E developed the Indiana Detention Education Proposed Best Practice Standards. Seventeen of the twenty-three detention facilities throughout the state of Indiana are represented in the manual. This includes educators employed by the county as well as educators employed by the local school corporation. All detention educators were invited to contribute. The proposed standards address the administrative foundation necessary to standardize and improve education for juveniles in detention. The goal of successful transitioning of students from detention facilities back into the school environment has proven difficult in some instances. The use of best practices in the classroom; standardized curriculum; standardized practices for special education issues and program evaluation are important tools for student success both inside and outside of the facilities. With support, the IJDA-E believes the implementation of these proposed standards will bring detention educators one step closer to being able to consistently provide quality education to all of the students in detention facilities across the state.
Indiana Juvenile Detention Association - Educators (IJDA-E)
445 N. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 520 Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone: (317) 916-0786 Fax: (317) 916-5369
As a part of the ongoing efforts of the IJDA-E, Indiana has reviewed the model program in Arizona - Merging Two Worlds: A Transition/Career Planning Curriculum for Youth in the Justice System. Merging Two Worlds (M2W) is recognized nationwide as a model program which advocate for excellence in secure care education. The standardization of detention education leads to student-centered, seamless reintegration from correctional facilities into community settings in order to reduce recidivism. Indiana recently had the opportunity to meet with Dorothy Wodraska, Correctional Education Specialist, Director of Federal Education Grants Program, Arizona Supreme Court - Administrative Office of the Courts, Juvenile Justice Services Division. This meeting focused the current local efforts being undertaken in Indiana with regards to detention education; as well as provided additional information about M2W at the 2008 Indiana Juvenile Detention Association 6th Annual Summit. As a result of her continued efforts with M2W, in May 2008, Dorothy Wodraska received the highest honor from Arizona North Central Association, the Circle of Excellence Award. Please contact Mrs. Wodraska for further information regarding Arizona's Merging Two Worlds: A Transition/Career Planning Curriculum for Youth in the Justice System.