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Cooperative Agreement - Women in Correctional Leadership

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9 Apr 2021

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021 to help support women in correctional leadership by providing web-based training modules designed for women in mid, senior, and executive levels.

The successful applicant will be required to update the current lesson plans for two topic areas: Communicating as a Leader and Leading & Managing Organizational Change. Each should be converted to 60-minute interactive virtual-instructor led training (VILT) lessons. Each topic area should be developed for two target audiences, generating a total of four training pilots that will be delivered within the course of this award.

• Briefly articulate an understanding of how women lead and think, as it relates to the two topic areas.
• Address the challenges in these two topic areas that women encounter while working in corrections.
• Demonstrate the skills or contract with a technologically savvy subject matter experts (SME) as articulated in the deliverables.
• Demonstrate the skills or contract with an individual capable of curriculum update and VILT design.
• Contract and train a minimum of two NIC approved SMEs to present the lessons. One of the SMEs must be a woman who has served in the correctional field at the level of warden or higher.

1. Contract with an SME qualified to serve as technical producer to manage the following activities:
     a) Provide pre-created white boards as needed in the lesson plan.
     b) Create spreadsheet assignments to specify all presenter roles in the modules, the accompanying slides, and activities as well as the approximate time it should occur.
     c) Load and manage PowerPoint slides, videos, and polling through the pilot training.
     d) Create individual trainer folders with specific materials needed for presentations.
     e) Host prep training for all presenters in the use of the Webex system tools and technology, so that they are equipped to perform the requirements of the training.
     f) Provide pre-program rehearsal sessions for the NIC agreed upon presenters and assigned NIC staff.
2. Update the current NIC lesson plans for the following:
   Module 1: Communicating as a Leader
   Objective: Participants will understand how to embrace an authentic voice as a leader, and how to communicate with clarity and decisiveness.
   Module 2: Leading and Managing Organizational Change:
   Objective: Participants will learn to exercise the skills of a confident change agent, as well as strategically plan and implement their organizational change initiatives.
3. Use resources and scenarios to provide interactive opportunities for applied learning.
4. Create a 60-minute VILT with lesson plans, facilitator guide, PowerPoint presentations, and resource materials to accompany each module for the two different participant levels.
5. Pilot the VILT lessons and include a brief survey/evaluation conducted for feedback on the content and design.
6. Throughout the duration of the award period, maintain regular contact with the NIC project manager regarding programmatic and deliverable progress.
7. Quarterly progress reports are required, adhering to the written requirements and scheduled outlined in the award documents.
8. Provide all developed materials in identified folders to NIC via flash drive in electronic PDF and Word format. 


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 7, 2021


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