Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

This section includes information on a variety of areas related to teaching and learning in settings for youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk, including instruction within the content areas, teacher recruitment, retention and professional development, academic support services, and serving youth with special needs.

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School and classroom environments can have a significant effect, both positive and negative, on the academic success of students who are neglected, delinquent, and at risk of educational failure. Many students within these settings experience factors that can impede their academic success, including learning disabilities, mental health issues, and/or trauma in their lives. Creating highly structured and supportive learning environments and providing development and training opportunities for teachers and staff can make a profound difference in students’ ability to thrive academically and socially.

Title I, Part D, can play an important role both in supplementing schools’ quality core education with programs and practices aimed at meeting students’ needs and also in supporting the teachers, tutors, mentors, counselors, and others who work with and challenge the students every day.

Featured Resources

NDTAC logo: NDTAC resource  NDTAC Guide: Making It Count: Strategies for Improving Mathematics Instruction for Students in Short-Term Facilities

October 2018

This guide is primarily designed to help practitioners implement research-based, effective mathematics instruction in short-term facilities; and provides recommendations, strategies, and examples for teachers that increase the likelihood that students will become more proficient at understanding mathematics and applying existing and emerging skills.

NDTAC logo: NDTAC resource  Meeting the Literacy Needs of Students in Juvenile Justice Facilities -Second Edition

September 2018

This guide continues to build upon the four research-based recommendations and strategies found in the 2010 guide, designed to help improve life-long literacy outcomes for students.

NDTAC logo: NDTAC resource  NDTAC Issue Brief: Key Considerations in Providing a Free Appropriate Public Education for Youth With Disabilities in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Facilities

January 2016

This brief discusses three key components within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act necessary for the provision of free appropriate public education to youth with disabilities in juvenile justice secure care facilities—Child Find, least restrictive environment, and individualized education programs and related protections.

NDTAC logo: NDTAC resource  NDTAC Practice Guide: Quality Education Services Are Critical for Youth Involved With the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems

March 2015

NDTAC’s fourth practice guide features strategies and resources focused on providing quality education services for youth involved with the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.

NDTAC logo: NDTAC resource  NDTAC Fact Sheet: Juvenile Justice Education

January 2011

This fact sheet examines the characteristics of educational services provided by juvenile justice facilities in the United States, such as prevalence and type of educational services, student participation in services, and perceived quality of services.

NDTAC logo: NDTAC resource  NDTAC Issue Brief: The Importance of Literacy for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System

January 2010

Youth who have low literacy skills generally face significant barriers to economic and social success and are more likely to be involved in the juvenile justice system. In addition, if these youth are incarcerated and their literacy skills are not improved, outcomes tend to be negative. This issue brief illustrates the correlation between low literacy and involvement in the juvenile justice system and explores the impact of reading interventions on youth during and after incarceration.