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Tools

This page contains all tools found throughout this tool kit. The tools are intended to help reentry education providers build and strengthen their education continuum.

Checklist for Connecting Reentry Education Programs to Career Pathways

This tool describes the connections between the six key elements of career pathways and the Reentry Education Framework and offers a checklist for connecting reentry education programs to existing career pathways.

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Developing Career Pathways Partnerships

This tool offers recommendations and resources to help providers build partnerships between traditional career pathway partners and the corrections community, identify a target sector or industry and engage employers, and design career education and training programs.

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Developing Strategic Partnerships for Reentry Education

This tool offers recommendations and resources to help providers identify and develop sustainable, strategic partnerships for creating successful reentry education programs.

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Educational Technology in Corrections Handout

This graphic illustrates findings from a brief on using educational technology in corrections and describes three common approaches and the benefits and challenges of adopting technology in correctional facilities.

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Evaluating the Impact of Reentry Education Programs

This tool provides a framework for evaluating impact beyond participant outcomes, namely the impact that a reentry program can have in terms of raising awareness of the need and importance of reentry education programs, increasing knowledge about effective programming, and changing behavior of stakeholders in order to build effectiveness of and support for reentry programs.

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Federal Funding for Reentry Education

The Ability to Benefit (ATB) provision allows students in eligible career pathways to access financial aid even if they do not have a high school credential. This could be an important tool for increasing access and decreasing costs for students in reentry education pathways.

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Framework Report

Provides a detailed overview of the Framework and includes examples from the PRSCEO demonstration sites.

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Framework from student perspective

This illustration shows how students in the corrections system can progress through their education path as their correctional status changes.

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Funding Career Pathways for Reentry

This tool outlines the need for funding reentry career pathways and offers suggestions for pursuing such funding.

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Gig-Economy: Opportunities and Challenges for People with Criminal Records

Flexible employment arrangements, like freelancing, contracting, or 1099 employment are growing. There are opportunities and challenges with this new “gig economy.” This tool provides tips to help individuals determine whether and how to take advantage of the gig economy.

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Health Care Opportunities for People with Criminal Records

The health care industry is often a high interest industry for employment. Traditionally, there have been significant employment barriers for people with a criminal record. This product provides tips to identify potential opportunities in the health care industry for people with criminal records.

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Implementation action planning worksheet

Based on the results of the implementation self-assessment, providers should develop an action plan for implementing the Reentry Education Framework.

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Implementation self-assessment

This tool enables providers and their partners to assess their current program infrastructure and their capacity to implement the other components of the Reentry Education Framework.

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Profile: Building Trust to Rebuild Lives

This profile highlights the transformative impact that relationship and relevant training can have on successful reentry through the voice of an individual who experienced it.

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Profile: Helping Hands Create Opportunities for Change

This profile highlights the experience of multiple students putting their incarceration behind them with the help of Lorain County Community College’s PROP program.

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Profile: It's Never Too Late to Change

This profile shares Dorothy Gonzales’s journey through incarceration and the life-long impact that a manufacturing certification—earned while she was incarcerated—had on her ability to reenter the workforce.

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Profile: Seizing the Opportunity of a Lifetime

This profile spotlights Jordan Holter’s story, as he breaks the cycle of incarceration and works toward an associate's degree with the help of Project Proven’s educational resources and personalized support.

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Profile: Thinking Long-Term

This profile describes the multiple paths to opportunity, through Lebanon Lancaster IU13 programming, that enabled Bill Vaskie and Joe Gonzalez to chart their path from prison to careers.

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Program Capacity Assessment

This tool can be used by correctional and reentry education providers to assess the capacity of their program and their program partners, or as part of an initial review by an internal evaluator working with the program.

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Programming Assessment

This tool can be used by correctional and reentry education providers to assess and update programming and partnerships.

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Registered Apprenticeships for Reentry

Registered apprenticeships have proven to be an effective employment and training strategy. This tool provides recommendations for adapting these programs to the corrections and reentry context.

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Resource Mapping Tool

This tool guides providers through the process of documenting reentry resources in their community, identifying new partners, community resources, and support for their students.

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Strategies to Engage Employers in Hiring People with Criminal Records

This tool provides written recommendations to engage employers and provide them the support that they need to hire people with criminal records.

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Supporting Successful Reentry for People with Disabilities: A Brief Guide to Resources and Issues

People with disabilities will have unique needs in order to take full advantage of reentry education and training opportunities. These two resources highlight disability specific supports and provide a guide for navigating issues and identifying resources.

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Supporting Successful Reentry for People with Disabilities: Disability Specific Supports

People with disabilities will have unique needs in order to take full advantage of reentry education and training opportunities. These two resources highlight disability specific supports and provide a guide for navigating issues and identifying resources.

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Sustainability Assessment and Tracking Sheet

This tool will help reentry education providers assess their ability to sustain their reentry education continuum based on the critical components outlined in the Reentry Education Framework. It also allows providers to create a tracking sheet to document their progress with implementing a sustainability strategy.

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Talking Point Guidelines

This exercise will help reentry education providers translate a description of their program into an inspiring vision and rationale for making education a critical component of the reentry process.

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