Strategic Plan Update

Juvenile Services Education System of MSDE

The Strategic Plan Verification Project Newsletter: March 2016

In July 2015, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Juvenile Services Education System (JSES) finalized a three year strategic plan to guide and inform JSES work. The strategic plan promotes JSES’s mission and vision in all 14 schools in Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) residential facilities across the State. The strategic plan is centered on achieving the best educational outcomes for detained and committed youth in state operated facilities.

To this end, The Strategic Plan Verification Project is a contract between MSDE and the University of Maryland (UM) designed to gather and analyze information needed to gauge the progress towards achievement of the strategic plan. Project activities will support and provide practical information to assist MSDE and JSES administrators in improving student outcomes and the effectiveness of the JSES schools. The project is also designed to inform parents, advocates, and other stakeholders about the status of Juvenile Services Education and the steps JSES and MSDE are taking to achieve the goals and objectives of the strategic plan.

This is the first of what will be monthly updates on on the activities of the UM team and the status of services and implementation of the strategic plan in the 14 juvenile facilities in the state. We anticipate visiting each of the facilities on a quarterly basis and sharing our preliminary observations in this newsletter and in annual and semi-annual reports. The UM team will be interviewing teachers, students and staff, and reviewing and verifying data JSES collects on student performance. We will also observe classes, and conduct surveys of students, teachers, and other staff and plan to work with the advocacy community to interview and survey parents and other stakeholders about their experiences. We are excited to be a part of this exciting endeavor and look forward to being part of the transformation of education in the Maryland juvenile facilities.

JSES Education: Partnerships and Practices

This Month's Highlight is from....Thomas J. S. Waxter Children's Center

This part of the newsletter will highlight a strategy, partnership, or practice in one of the JSES schools. We encourage teachers, administrators, and staff to submit items for review and possible posting in the newsletter.

When our team visited Waxter a couple of weeks ago, the Principal Prakash Anthony shared that the Center has started a partnership with Pen or Paper (POP) an organization that provides mentors as well as programming for the youth in his facility. Here is the link to the website if you want to check in out!