By Vice Principal Elizabeth Molina and Sandra Macias
Calipatria State Prison
Calipatria State Prison (CAL) Adult School teachers and Career Technical Education instructors recently attended the first in a series of professional development sessions with the Imperial County Office of Education (ICOE) and Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program (IV ROP).
In July 2015, the CDCR Office of Correctional Education adopted the College and Career Readiness Standards, creating a gap in our educational model.
Recognizing the need to think outside the box, CAL administration staff reached out and collaborated with the local Imperial County Office of Education Professional Development Team and the IV ROP program office for their support in assisting in filling the gap.
There was extensive planning between CAL staff, ICOE and IV ROP administrators.
All stakeholders were included and were instrumental in creating a plan to assist the CAL teachers in providing them education instructional tools and model examples to meet the needs of these new rigorous and enriching standards.
CAL teachers were pivotal in the decision making and in identifying the areas of interest. They completed a survey prioritizing their Professional Development needs. The IV ROP sessions for the careers technical education instructors included life skills, interview examples and job expectations. These life skills are essential for inmates who return to the community. All teachers were provided valuable resources for use in their classrooms.
“We are very grateful to OCE, ICOE and IV ROP administration for being supportive and instrumental in establishing this new partnership. A special recognition goes out to our teachers for their daily commitment to inmate students and this new endeavor,” CAL organizers said in a press release.