The Reentry Education Tool Kit was created by RTI International with support from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), to help education providers and their partners create a reentry education continuum in their communities. The tool kit and corresponding report, The Reentry Education Framework: Guidelines for Providing High-Quality Education for Adults Involved in the Criminal justice System, are based on a demonstration of the Reentry Education Model.
The Reentry Education Model
Developed in 2012 by RTI International with support from OCTAE, the Reentry Education Model addressed the disconnects among facility- and community-based education services, including a lack of alignment between curriculum and instructional practices, an inability to share student data and track long-term outcomes, and inadequate staff capacity and training.
Promoting Reentry Success Through the Continuity of Education Opportunities (PRSCEO) Initiative
In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice provided OCTAE with Second Chance Act funds to award grants to three demonstration sites to implement the Reentry Education Model. The sites were Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kansas; Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wisconsin. An implementation study was conducted by Strix Research LLC to document the grantees’ experiences and lessons learned implementing the Model.
Improved Reentry Education (IRE) Initiative View the Fact Sheet
In 2015, OCTAE awarded grants to the following nine demonstration sites that are developing reentry education continuums in their communities: Washburn University of Topeka, Topeka, Kansas; Barton County Community College, Great Bend, Kansas; Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey; Miami-Dade County, Florida; Lorain County Community College, Elyria, Ohio; Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Western Technical College, La Cross, Wisconsin; Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania; and United Teen Equality Center, Inc., Lowell, Massachusetts.