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[...] we were pleased to welcome a new publication at the National Institute of Corrections titled "Creating a Workforce Development Culture to Reduce Reincarceration." (Visit the NIC publications page and insert the title to access the publication on line or to order a hardcopy.) This publication recounts the experience of an ED funded Life Skills project that intentionally addressed personal change and institutional culture in prison workshops, housing units and education program areas through a unified curriculum approach.
The Journal of Correctional Education 60(4) • December 2009 United States Department of Education Update John Linton We have recently welcomed new leadership at the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, the parent organizational unit for the Office of Correctional Education. The President’s appointment of Assistant Secretary of Education Brenda Dann-Messier was confirmed by Congress in mid October. Dr. Dann- Messier is most recently the director of a vibrant community based adult education organization, Dorcas Place, in Providence Rhode Island. She has worked extensively with programs for disadvantaged populations and, with her private sector experience and orientation; we expect her to challenge assumptions of how business should be done! Correctional education seems to be attracting considerable attention in recent months as evidenced by a wealth of newly published resource materials. The final publication summarizing the prisoner reentry roundtable on education held in New York City in 2008 is available under the title, “From the Classroom to the Community, Exploring the Role of Education during Incarceration and Reentry.” The comprehensive and well researched paper is available at the Urban Institute website. (Search “Prisoner Reentry Roundtable,” then reference roundtable number ten on education and prisoner reentry.) Also new
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