What’s Next for High-Quality Correctional Education for Youth in Juvenile Secure Care

What’s Next for High-Quality Correctional Education for Youth in Juvenile Secure Care

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The landmark Correctional Education Guidance Package was jointly released by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice in December 2014. The package was developed with the belief that all youth should have access to high-quality education and supports and with the purpose of ensuring that some of the Nation’s most vulnerable youth, those in juvenile secure care facilities, have “a real chance at a second chance—the opportunity to demonstrate growth and maturity and, ultimately, to fulfill their potential as human beings.” Since the release of the package, momentum has been building at the National, State, and local levels to better address the educational and related needs of these young people.  

On Thursday, September 10, from 2–3:30 p.m. EDT, NDTAC concluded our series of N&D InFocus programs on the Correctional Education Guidance Package. The program takes a look back at the impetus of the Guidance Package, examines its impact so far, and discusses what the Federal Government, National organizations, and State and local agencies and programs can do next to keep high-quality correctional education moving forward. The program features:

  • Robert ListenbeeAdministrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), U.S. Department of Justice
  • Seth GalanterPrincipal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
  • Jenny Collier, Project Director, Robert F. Kennedy Juvenile Justice Collaborative
  • Kate BurdickStaff Attorney, Juvenile Law Center
  • David DomeniciExecutive Director, Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings
  • Jeannette AllenPrincipal, Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center School
  • Jeremy Hudson, Shyara Hill, and Bruce MorganYouth Advocates, Juveniles for Justice


Meet Our Guests

Robert L. Listenbee serves as the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). As Administrator, Mr. Listenbee is working to realize the agency’s vision of a nation where all children are healthy, educated, and free from violence and, if they do become involved in the juvenile justice system, that the contact is rare, fair, and beneficial to them. To fulfill this vision, he is leading efforts across three overarching priority areas: addressing the core protections outlined in the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act; reducing out-of-home placement; and reforming the juvenile justice system so that it utilizes a developmental, trauma-informed approach with a focus on evidence-informed and evidence-based practices. Before his appointment to OJJDP, Mr. Listenbee was Chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia for 16 years and was a trial lawyer with the association for 27 years. Mr. Listenbee was also actively involved in the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative, where his work included serving with both the Juvenile Indigent Defense and Disproportionate Minority Contact Networks. Mr. Listenbee received his B.A. degree from Harvard University and his law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

Seth Galanter serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education. He started his career at the Department of Justice, where he worked in the Civil Rights Division. He later moved into private practice at Morrison and Foerster LLP. He joined the Department of Education in 2011. Seth received his B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Katherine Burdick is a Staff Attorney at Juvenile Law Center, where she focuses on advancing education rights and improving outcomes for youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Areas of expertise include school stability for youth in care, the unique special education issues that arise for court-involved youth, educational decisionmaking, ensuring high quality academics and career/technical training for youth in residential facilities, and credit transfer/educational reentry issues. She was previously a Sol and Helen Zubrow Fellow in Children's Law and an Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP) at Juvenile Law Center. Between fellowships, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael M. Baylson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Burdick also has a passion for international human rights and immigration work, which she honed through clinics and at internship at the Myrna Mack Foundation in Guatemala City. Before law school, she taught at the American School of Guatemala and volunteered at a local orphanage. Katherine graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. 

Jenny Collier is a public interest attorney and consultant who provides strategic political, policy, advocacy, and coalition building services to public interest clients through her Washington, DC-based firm, Collier Collective, LLC.  Since 1996, Ms. Collier has advised governments and policy makers on a wide range of health care and criminal justice issues, including federal appropriations, addiction, HIV/AIDS, Medicaid, juvenile justice, criminal justice, innocence, and reentry policy. As a part of this work, she serves as Project Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Juvenile Justice Collaborative.  Early in her career, Ms. Collier served as the Director of National Policy and State Strategy for the Legal Action Center, a national non-profit law and policy firm, and as the Executive Director of the Maryland Drug Treatment Task Force and policy advisor to Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. Ms. Collier received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy from Yale University.

David Domenici is Executive Director of the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings and the co-founder of The Maya Angelou Schools, a network of alternative schools in Washington, DC. He served as the founding principal of the Maya Angelou Academy, the school located inside DC’s long-term, secure juvenile facility, from 2007 to 2011. He designed the key elements of the school model, including short, thematic units aligned with state standards, incentive programming based on the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports framework, a technology-enhanced instruction and learning platform, and a set of technology tools designed to enhance communication between school and correctional staff.David is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Stanford Law School. David lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, two children, and puppy, Seven. He’s an avid reader, a wannabe basketball player, and an out-of-step breakdancer.

Jeannette Allen is the Principal of the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center School. Jeannette has an extensive background in education and social work that includes wide-ranging work with diverse students and staff in alternative education settings. Allen’s education includes Masters of Education degrees in Education Leadership and in Curriculum and Instruction, with specialization in Multicultural Multilingual Education; and a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies: Social Work. She is scheduled to earn her Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Policy Studies in 2015 from The George Washington University.

Jeremy Hudson, Shyara Hill, and Bruce Morgan are youth advocates for Juveniles for Justice, a youth engagement program of Juvenile Law Center. The program includes youth who are or have been in the juvenile justice system. Juveniles for Justice offers the youth an opportunity to assess the juvenile justice system's strengths and weaknesses, and then develop and implement advocacy projects to improve the system based on the youth’s research and personal experiences.

Event Date

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 2:00PM EDT

Event Location

Adobe Connect