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Cooperative Agreement - Management Development for Women and Minorities in Corrections Curriculum Update

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30 Mar 2021

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year 2021. The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to update the curriculum for the course, Management Development for Women and Minorities in Corrections.

Goals
This cooperative agreement aims to update the management development curriculum entitled: Management Development for Women and Minorities in Corrections. The updated curriculum will provide women and minorities the opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills vital to their development as effective managers and leaders in corrections.

Objectives
1. Assist participants in identifying challenges they face as women and minorities in corrections.
2. Assist participants in identifying their strengths and developing strategies for skill enhancement.
3. Describe the formal and informal rules and systems at work in the corrections environment and identify strategies needed to function effectively within this environment.
4. Assist participants with exploring different managerial and leadership styles, skills, and techniques and help them select the style(s) most appropriate for them.
5. Assist participants to analyze their agency, facility/unit, and immediate supervisor’s mission(s) and determine actions they can take to assist in mission accomplishment.
6. Assist participants with effective oral and written communication.
7. Assist participants with effective problem solving skills in simulated work situations.
8. Review the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and the Stages of Life.
9. Explore conflict resolution, group dynamics, career anchors, ethics, and problem solving.
10. Assist participants to formulate a personal career development plan which will enhance their correctional management potential.
11. Show participant how to document work-related thoughts, successes, and challenges.
12. Review the experiences and words of wisdom from correctional administrators.

Deliverables
1. Participate in an initial meeting with the NIC project manager to discuss the Cooperative Agreement, scope, and all aspects of the work within 15 working days of the award. It is preferred that the meeting be in person at the National Institute of Corrections Washington, DC office, however, COVID-19 protocols may dictate that the meeting be conducted on a virtual platform.
2. In June 2021, attend a two-day planning meeting at the National Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO) or other DOJ approved training site with a minimum of four instructors selected in partnership with NIC. The instructor fees (daily fees and travel costs) will be covered by the awardee. (It is preferred that the meeting be in person, however, COVID-19 protocols may dictate that the meeting be conducted on a virtual platform).
3. Provide a draft facilitator and participant manual that includes presentation slides for each training module. The manuals are due no later than September 24, 2021.
4. Within ten days of receipt of the manuals, the awardee will participate in a virtual meeting with NIC project manager for a project update.
5. During the project update virtual meeting, the awardee must demonstrate how the training will appear on a virtual platform.
6. A training at the National Corrections Academy, scheduled for November 2021, will be considered the pilot of the updated curriculum. Final revision to the curriculum will be made based on observations by the curriculum developer, NIC project manager as well as instructors and participant feedback. (It is preferred that the training be in person, however, COVID-19 protocols may dictate that the training be conducted on a virtual platform).
a. NIC will host and conduct the training.
b. The curriculum developer will be present.
c. Program participants will be selected by the NIC project manager; and
d. The four program instructors, identified in #2 above, will be compensated by the awardee (daily fees and travel costs).
7. Within ten business days of the November 2021 training, the awardee will participate in a virtual meeting with the NIC project manager for a project update.
8. Provide a second draft of the facilitator and participant manuals that includes presentation slides for each training module. These manuals are due no later than January 28, 2022.
9. The NIC project manager will provide feedback no later than ten working days after receipt of the manuals.
10. In February 2022, provide NIC project manager a pre/post-test based on the information provided during the training in an effort to quantify the knowledge attained in the training. The instrument must be in a file that is compatible with electronic delivery and report generation.
11. In February 2022, provide an after-training Management Development Workbook for participants to document daily/weekly work related thoughts, successes and challenges, and experiences, as well as, words of wisdom from correctional administrators.
12. In February 2022, conduct a peer review of the curriculum by the subject matter experts who conducted the training. The peer reviewers’ fees will be covered by the awardee. This two-day meeting will be held at the NIC Washington, DC office.
13. The final facilitator and participant manuals, master training slides, training agenda, pre/post-tests, and Management Development Workbooks are due no later than May 27, 2022.
14. The awardee should include a program overview to use in conjunction with the training manuals. This overview should include a narrative description, background purpose, target population, course objectives, course content, delivery media, and resources/reference used.

Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 31, 2021

 

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