Improving Education Quality in Juvenile Justice Facilities

Improving Education Quality in Juvenile Justice Facilities
Improving Education Quality in Juvenile Justice Facilities

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This webinar is part two of a three-part series. Click here to view part one, and click here to view part three.

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Brief – Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Improve Outcomes for Youth in Juvenile Justice Facilities


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) aims to “provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.” What does that mean for students educated in juvenile justice facilities? This webinar discussed a new brief by the Council of State Governments Justice Center and American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) entitled Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Improve Outcomes for Youth in Juvenile Justice Facilities.

The brief provides state and local policymakers and education and juvenile justice leaders with information about how they can use the accountability requirements under ESSA to improve the quality of education and postsecondary and workforce success for youth in juvenile justice facilities. The brief was informed by a 50-state scan conducted by AYPF to better understand the current system structure and accountability of education in juvenile justice facilities. This webinar highlighted the key focus areas of the brief, major findings from the 50-state scan, and feature a leading state example.


Presenter Biographies

Derek A. Grubbs
Director of Juvenile Education, Division of Youth Services
Indiana Department of Correction
Twitter: @IndianaDOC

Derek A. Grubbs is the Director of Juvenile Education in the Division of Youth Services for the Indiana Department of Correction. Derek oversees all areas of the juvenile education division to include operations at their three juvenile facility and to adult offenders under the age of 22 with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) at the States 15 adult facilities. Derek began his correctional-education career in 2000 as a Segregation Unit, Special Education Teacher at Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility, but he has also taught Mathematics and Life Skills to the general population. He also has served as the Special Education Coordinator and the School Principal at Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility before taking over as the Director of Juvenile Education for the Indiana Department of Correction in August 2017.

Derek is a member of the American Correctional Association and the Correctional Education Association where he serves on the Juvenile Justice Committee. He also is a sitting member on the Governor of Indiana Educational Outcomes Task Force, School Discipline and Climate Subcommittee, and the State Workforce Innovation Council. Derek is also a certified AdvancED auditor for schools with a focus on “special schools with special populations”.

Derek currently resides in Yorktown, Indiana and holds a Bachelor Degree from Purdue University and a Masters from the American College of Education in Building and District Administration.

Nina Salomon
Project Manager, Corrections and Reentry Division
CSG Justice Center
Twitter: @CSGJC@NinaRSalomon

Nina Salomon is a Project Manager in the Corrections and Reentry division at the CSG Justice Center, where she oversees the Improving Outcomes for Youth initiative, supporting states develop, adopt, and implement legislative reforms to improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system. Nina was a lead author of the School Discipline Consensus Report and Locked Out: Improving Educational and Vocational Outcomes for Incarcerated Youth, and leads the organizations efforts on improving educational outcomes for youth in with the juvenile justice system. Previously, she was a policy advisor at EducationCounsel LLC, a national policy and legal consulting firm, where she provided assistance to clients at state education agencies, school districts, and national organizations to advance policy change. As an investment associate at The Chicago Public Education Fund, Nina conducted due diligence on prospective investments and managed projects to ensure they achieved performance benchmarks. She also conducted research and wrote policy briefs and funding guides to support charter schools and youth development programs, and worked in government relations for a national youth development organization. Nina earned a BA in political science from The George Washington University and an MSEd in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jesse Kannam
Policy Research Assistant, American Youth Policy Forum
Twitter: @AYPF_Tweets@JesseKannam

Jesse Kannam joined AYPF in January 2017. Her role as Policy Research Assistant involves assisting with the development and execution of learning events such as forums, webinars, and discussion groups, as well as researching, summarizing, and synthesizing relevant information into policy and practice guidance for dissemination to multiple audiences. Prior to AYPF, Jesse worked as a junior associate in the enrollment office at DC Public Schools, as part of their Urban Education Leaders Internship Program, and as an intern in the Housing Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services. Jesse holds a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and a certificate in Community Action and Public Policy from Connecticut College.


The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF events and publications are made possible by contributions from philanthropic foundations. For a complete list, click here.