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Cooperative Agreement - 23CS16 - Community Supervision Leadership Learning Lab Training

Submission Deadline

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. The purpose of this project is to deliver Community Supervision Leadership Learning Lab training, a 9-month learning experience delivered through a blended model of virtual connections, guided self-learning through practical assignments, and leadership coaching.


Deliver the Community Supervision Leadership Learning Lab training curriculum to three training sites selected through an application process approved by NIC.


Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 6, 2023


  1. Participate in planning meetings with NIC project manager.
  2. Deliver the 9-month Community Supervision Leadership Learning Lab training.
  3. Enhance and update the Web-based learning environment.


The deliverables for this cooperative agreement include the following items:

  1. Participate in initial virtual meeting with the NIC project manager to clarify goals and objectives, discuss timeline of activities, role clarification, and discuss an overview of the project.
  2. Develop an application process for organizations to apply for the training. The application process will include developing a site assessment to determine if the training is appropriate for the applicant. Assist NIC with identifying three training sites.
  3. Facilitate a 9-month Community Supervision Leadership Learning Lab Training Program that includes a combination of virtual connections that comprise virtual instructor-led training, participant self-paced and independent learning, and leadership coaching for three selected sites.
  4. Facilitate a capstone project designed to help participants identify, develop, and implement a new organizational change strategy within their agency.
  5. In partnership with NIC, manage a Web-based Community Supervision Learning Lab for participants to gain access to VILT training, learner-paced training exercises, leadership coaching, and other learning resources.
  6. Plan and facilitate in-person Community Supervision Leadership Symposium.
  7. Develop and conduct a training evaluation process that includes short-, intermediate-, and long-term measures to determine the benefits of the training on participants and their organizations.

Applications must include in Program Narrative and Budget Narrative the incorporation of products delivered to meet Plain Language and Section 508 Standards.

Following are the responses to questions received as of 04/11/2023 in response to the above solicitation:

Question 1: I do not see in the proposal how many participants I will be training?

Answer 1: Ideally, each training site will have 20-25 staff participate in the training.

Question 2: I reviewed the sample curriculum, and I am wondering if there is an expectation to deliver the modules exactly as written or will there be an opportunity to modify the curriculum based on best practices and experiences that we have in delivering an equitable leadership training experience?

Answer 2: The curriculum will be delivered as written and there will be an opportunity to provide recommendations for modifications at the conclusion of the training event.

Question 3: There is a deliverable that indicates that there will be an in-person symposium. Is there a time frame for when that is supposed to occur (is it at the end of the program?) and will all of the participating sites be invited to participate together?

Answer 3: The Symposium will take place after the virtual training portion of the training and within the 9-month training period. Participants from all sites will be invited to the Symposium.

Question 4: What is the goal of that in-person Symposium?

Answer 4: To allow participants to explore innovative ways of leading their organizations; sharing their experiences and strategies they gained from the virtual training sessions to testing new ways of improving practices.