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Learning and Performance

NIC is committed to improving correctional agencies' internal capacity to enhance workplace learning and staff performance (i.e., training assessment, design, development, implementation, and evaluation).

The resources and guides provided on this page are designed for:
  • Training directors/coordinators
  • Trainers
  • Curriculum developers
  • Adjunct/part-time trainers
  • Field training officers
  • Anyone responsible for training in a correctional agency

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Recommended Reading

Date Title Type
Document 026893
From Research to Application: The Case for Learning and Performance [Satellite/Internet Broadcast]
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Are you interested in getting more bang for your training buck? Leveraging the impact of your training department? Being effective with the training you prepare for, design, deliver and transfer into the workplace? Following the science of learning into practice? And you know that "content covered is not content learned?" Then this blended, interactive training broadcast / experience can assist with a transformation of your training department / unit into a center of learning and performance tha... Read More
4 video DVDs (233 minutes) and 1 data DVD
Document 026506
Corrections Learning and Performance: A Vision for the 21st Century
By Hall, Amanda. National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
Anyone involved or interested in the future of learning and performance in corrections should read this publication. “This white paper focuses on learning and performance challenges in the 21st century including the role of technology in learning programs and the incorporation of evidence-based practices into program design and delivery. The paper offers an extensive review of learning research in the areas of theory, learners, learning organizations, instructional design, program design, deliv... Read More
38 pages
Document 024728
Workplace Learning Annotated Bibliography
National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Aurora, CO).
The use of workplace learning in “building your organization into a dynamic and flexible one, capable of meeting contemporary challenges” is addressed (p. 2). These annotated citations are grouped according to what workplace learning is, its importance, how to implement it, and how workplace learning has been implemented.... Read More
35 pages

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Date Title Type
Document 024759
Administrative Guide: Offender Workforce Development Specialist Partnership Training Program
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
A description of the Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) Partnership Training Program is provided. “This administrative guide provides an overview of the training program, including its benefits and requirements…and information needed to make an informed decision for participating in the training program, including the criteria for selecting a qualified, multidisciplinary team of trainees” (p. 1). The following sections comprise this guide: overview of the training program; introduc... Read More
36 pages
Document 022679
Training for Training Directors
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
The skills that successful correctional training directors need are explained. Modules comprising this training program are: role of the training director; liability issues; policy and procedures; needs assessment annual training plan and evaluation; developing and assessing training curricula and performance objectives; alternative delivery strategies; developing training staff; scheduling, logistics, and marketing.... Read More
1 data DVD (239 minutes)
Document 022390
Effective Training Design and Development [Satellite/Internet Broadcast held April 2007]
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
This blended-learning, self directed course provides the user with the knowledge necessary to create effective training programs. "Along the journey, you will have developed skills to help you assess, design, develop, and evaluate learner-centered instructional designs and curricula targeted to enhance employee job performance." Modules making up this training program are: program overview; learner centered instruction; assessment; performance objectives; ITIP (instructional theory into practic... Read More
1 data DVD
Document 022272
The Facilitator's Guide
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
Strategies for effective facilitation are provided. The following topics are covered: defining facilitation; basic facilitator competencies; two areas of team focus; facilitator's tip sheet -- starting up and showing attention; facilitator's tip sheet -- asking effective questions; stages of group development and range of facilitator behavior; facilitation -- understanding your "hooks"; facilitation interventions; levels of intervention; intervention guidelines; group intervention techniques; g... Read More
24 p.
Document 021093
Motivational Interviewing: An Introduction [Lesson Plan and Participant's Manual]
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Hampton-Newport News Criminal Justice Agency (Hampton, VA); Orbis Partners, Inc. (Ottawa, CA).
The use of motivational interviewing during the case management process is covered during this 10-hour course. Modules include: setting the context; motivational interviewing; assess motivation; stage matched motivational strategies; applying motivational interviewing -- effective case work (e.g., case analysis, feedback, prioritize, assess motivation, focusing, and review and update); and enhancing treatment compliance. The accompanying Training the Trainer program is 24-hours long.... Read More
186 p.
Document 022318
Avoiding Your Day in Court -- Addressing Training Liability Through Defensible Strategies
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO).
Liability issues related to correctional training programs are discussed. Participants will be able to:
  • Analyze training programs to determine if they are legally defensible;
  • Determine the need to acquire copyright permission for material used;
  • Identify alternative delivery strategies applicable to a particular setting;
  • Apply the elements of a good documentation system to their agency/facility;
  • And analyze their current system and develop a plan to correct any de... Read More
60 p.
Document 019541
Foundation Skills for Trainers: 32-Hour Training Program [Videoconference Held March 22-25, 2004]
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO).
This 32-hour program willl help participants develop the preparation, presentation, and platform delivery skills needed to conduct training using established curricula. Focus areas include the needs and characteristics of adult learners, learning styles, the role of the correctional trainer, managing a learner-centered training environment, asking and responding to questions, facilitating lesson plans, teaching to performance objectives, and basic teaching methods.... Read More
3 DVDs + 1 CD
Document 019856
Building Agency Success: Developing an Effective FTO/OJT Training Program [Videoconference Held August 17-19, 2004]
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO).
This 3-day broadcast program provides participants with the knowledge and skills to develop a formal on-the-job training (OJT) program for new employees based on a corrections-specific FTO model. It includes using the FTO task-specific format, developing FTO modules, conducting proficiency tests, and implementing a formal FTO teaching process. Each participant will develop an FTO module as part of the training. Several demonstrations of the FTO format and teaching process are provided. This ... Read More
3 DVDs (888 min.) + 1 CD-ROM
Document 019271
Training Design and Development
  • [Lesson Plans and Participant's Manual]
  • National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO); U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Washington, DC).
    This program explains the systematic design of training based upon the Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) model. The program was developed under a cooperative agreement with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for the juvenile system audience. The following modules are contained in this manual:
    • Training program overview;
    • Learner centered instruction;
    • Assessment;
    • Performance objectives;
    • ITIP model for instructional design;
    • Instructional strategie... Read More
    600 pages
    Document 018534
    Designing Learner Centered Instruction
    By Gurnell, Betty; LeMaster, Leslie. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO).
    A seven-step process for developing and designing a training program according to the ITIP (instructional theory into practice) format is described. Curriculum developers will be taught to create programs that will: teach state-of-the-art information and skills based upon needs assessment analysis; employ learner-centered technologies; help participants succeed with realistic performance objectives; facilitate the transfer of learning to the job setting; promote consistency between training prog... Read More
    20 p.
    Document 019124
    Building New Employee Success with an Effective Field Training Officer (FTO) Program [Videoconference Held August 20, 2003]
    National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO).
    This program explores the development of a formal new employee on-the-job (OTJ) program based on a corrections-specific FTO model. This broadcast covers:
    • Assessing the current FTO program;
    • The FTO task-specific format;
    • Developing FTO models;
    • Conducting proficiency tests;
    • And the formal FTO teaching process.
  • Several demonstrations of the FTO format and teaching process are also included. This DVD can be used in conjunction with NIC accession nos. 019008 and 020603.... Read More
    1 DVD (133 min.)
    Document 019007
    Nuts and Bolts of the Curriculum Development Process
    National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO); U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Washington, DC).
    An overview of the curriculum development process is presented. The following sections comprise this document: needs assessment; the planning session and content development; content development; pilot delivery and revision; the completed curriculum package; and budget estimates for each step of the process. This overview can be used with the document "Designing Learner Centered Instruction" (NIC Accession no. 018534).... Read More
    10 p.

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