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Cooperative Agreement - Parole Board Chair Curriculum Conversion: Blended Delivery to Virtual Instructor Led Training

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9 Feb 2021

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021. The work completed under this cooperative agreement will result in the conversion and development of instructional materials for the existing Parole Board Chair course. This course will build competency and capacity in the field of corrections in parole decision making.

Goals
The goal is to develop a Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) training program for parole board chairs to enhance their use of evidence based practices in their organizations. This VILT version will be based on the current, existing Orientation for Parole Board Chairs blended training curriculum.

Objectives
1. Identify items of non-compliance and formulate recommendations for revision of the design, format, and layout of instructional materials for the course.
2. Consult with the NIC project manager on the recommended revisions required for the conversion and draft a conversion plan for work to be completed.
3. Complete all work identified in the conversion plan and submit draft course materials to the NIC project manager for review and approval.
4. Complete any additional edits and revisions to draft materials as necessary and submit the final draft of course conversion materials.
5. Develop a virtual training approach to include ideal timing duration, number of participants, number of trainers, and phases, i.e. preparation/readiness vs. content delivery.
6. In collaboration with the NIC project manager, identify other subject matter experts to provide a review of curriculum content including lesson plans, facilitator resources, and participant resources, i.e. manuals, handouts.
7. Develop virtual learning modules including topics and activities that adhere to the ITIP model. This can be videos, games, and other activities or resources.
8. Develop a training curriculum document with all lesson plans, instructor scripts, and guides.
9. Develop an accompanying power point slide deck for each of the training modules. The power points will be included in the training curriculum document.
10. Develop an accompanying participant manual. The manual should be divided into the training module section and include a glossary at the end of the document.

Deliverables
1. Conduct a comprehensive review of the instructional material for the existing course.
2. Draft a conversion plan for the work to be completed.
3. Submit draft course materials for the course conversion to the NIC project manager for review.
4. Training curriculum/lesson plan document which includes each learning module, power point, and facilitator script.
5. A participant manual divided into learning modules with glossary of terms as an appendix.
6. A power point slide deck for each of the training modules.
7. All training materials must be delivered fully 508 compliant.

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 April 9, 2021

 

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