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Training in corrections

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. To support a joint meeting of state agency correctional directors of training and of human resources.


To advance the field of corrections by adequately evaluating the changing workforce dynamics e and share new approaches to the recruitment, hiring, training, and retention of correctional staff., It also provides a safe environment to candidly discuss challenges and experiences impacting correctional agencies and to during the recent turbulent times. In addition to the strategy and content of the program design, the successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The program narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities.


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 January 3, 2023.


The objectives of this cooperative agreement are the following:

  1. Advance professional practices via a forum to exchange experiences and lessons learned past three-years.
  2. Share new technology that can make practices more effective.
  3. Promote learning on recruitment, hiring and retention strategies.
  4. Create synergy for sustaining networks.
  5. Provide resources for continual learning.


  • Plan and facilitate a two-day planning meeting
  • Plan and facilitate a three-day national meeting
  • Coordinate a Level One Evaluation of the national forum
  • Manage post program resource distribution to participants
  • Manage /Monitor the corresponding networks for 60 days following the forum

Planning Meeting:

Scope of Work:

The successful awardee will work closely with Prisons Division CPS and must describe in detail how they will provide all of the facilitation duties included below:

  1. NIC will pay the cost of travel, lodging and meals for six non-paid agency participants selected by the CPS.
  2. The Planning meeting will be held in Washington DC.
  3. The national meeting is anticipated to be held at the NIC training facility in Aurora, Colorado.
  4. In addition to the strategy and content of the program design, the successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period.
  5. The program narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities.

Activities to be accomplished:

  1. Send invitations to planning committee participants with all related meeting logistics
  2. Send planning committee the agenda with scope of meeting
  3. Coordinate site room set up and ensure all resources are present.
  4. Maintain routine contact with NIC Project Manager regarding progress.


  1. Create a draft agenda for the national meeting and forward to the CPS for review and approval.
  2. Discussion from the meeting will formulate date, presenters, and location.
  3. Collect and compile in presentations and participant manual
  4. Provide all information to CPS within 30 days of meeting.

National Forum

Scope of the Work:

  1. Plan and facilitate a three-day national conference with the following deliverables as guidance


  1. Prepare draft communications to include a welcome letter containing program logistics and training expectations for national meeting for up to 50 Corrections Directors of Training and Human Resources.
  2. Onsite, will be responsible for room set up and ensure all audio-visual equipment is available and operable.
  3. Provide for written record of the meeting.
  4. Facilitate the daily activities of the agenda to include icebreaker activity.
  5. Create an electronic mailing list and electronic and hard copy pictorial directory of attendees for continued networking and post program communication.
  6. Post training level one evaluation, summation and distribution to NIC and Planning Committee.
  7. Capture critical discussion of Best Practices for posting on the network

Specific Requirements and Award Conditions:

Lead for the project must have proof of experience coordinating and facilitating training, and working with teams

NIC, as final approver, will collaborate in all aspects of the two events to include planning session; finalization of agenda; and the actual forum itself.

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

In addition to the strategy and content of the program design, the successful applicant must complete the deliverables specified in the statement of work and program description during the project period. The program narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities.

Before approving a deliverable, NIC reserves the right to test the deliverable against the applicant’s Section 508 claims. If NIC determines that the applicant’s claims were false and at higher level of conformance than what was actually received, NIC may, at its option, reject the deliverable and require the applicant to remediate the deliverable to align with the applicant’s stated Section 508 conformance claims before its approval.

Additionally, before approving a deliverable, NIC reserves the right to review the applicant’s deliverables for conformance to federal plain writing guidelines and NIC Guidelines for Preparing and Submitting Manuscripts for Publication. If NIC determines that the applicant’s deliverables do not meet all applicable guidelines, NIC may, at its option, reject the deliverable and require the applicant to remediate the deliverable to align with those guidelines.

The National Institute of Corrections' 2015 Learning and Performance Symposium activities focused on the single most important need identified by participants of the inaugural 2104 Learning and Performance Symposium - Forty Forward. During the needs assessment process of NIC’s first learning and performance symposium, practitioners said their single most important need is for innovations in training and learning delivery.

2015 Symposium activities focused on innovations in training and learning delivery included: presentations by corrections professionals representing various agencies on ways they are implementing innovations in learning and training delivery; breakout session in discipline specific groupings (prisons, jails, juvenile justice and community corrections) to discuss innovations, barriers, resources and potential solutions related to improving learning and training delivery; opportunities for professionals from local, state and federal corrections agencies in all disciplines to network and share ideas and resources related to innovations they are trying out or implementing within their agencies; [and] presentations focused on research-based strategies followed by discussions focused on different approaches to implementation.

This Proceedings Document sequentially highlights all the key content and activities of the two-and-a-half day 2015 NIC Learning and Performance Symposium attended by 138 corrections professionals from all disciplines including prisons, jails, community corrections and juvenile justice.

Content includes: Day 1 - Symposium Overview Page; Activity: Write Your Personal Motto for Learning and Performance; Activity--3 Questions - What are you looking for? Why are you at the Symposium? What will you do to get what you want?; Presentation: Strategic Thinking/ Problem Solving Training Delivery; Activity: Force Field Analysis of Training Transfer - Driving Forces vs. Restraining Forces Page; Activity: Conceptual Thinking - Build an Inter-relational Diagraph Page; Activity: Creative Thinking - Inventing & Innovating - Build and “Sell” an Innovative Training Tool; Breakout Session: Innovations, Barriers, Resources and Solutions; Activity: Set a Training Goal. Identify Barriers, Receive Peer Coaching; Day 2 - Presentation: NIC Learning Delivery Innovations; Presentations: From the Field - Learning Delivery Innovations (13 Presentations); Presentation: Training Truths - Engagement and Practice; Presentation: Virtual Response as an Engagement Tool; Activity: The Value of Practice; Guided Practice: Strategies Application; Training Design Tools; Activity: Hunting for the Good Stuff; Day 3 - Next Steps; Activity: What If?; Activity: Lead the Charge! Carry the Flag!; and Activity: Town Hall Discussion. 

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This Proceedings Document reflects all the key content and activities of the three-day 2016 NIC Learning and Performance Symposium attended by approximately 100 corrections professionals from all disciplines including prisons, jails, community corrections and juvenile justice.

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Collaboration between faith-based organizations, community organizations, and corrections has proven to be a cost-effective way to meet agency needs and bring much needed services to offenders. This unique partnership also helps to promote social justice, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety. This 3-hour program examines the myths, realities, boundaries, and benefits of this collaboration while providing information to help correctional leaders achieve new and more successful re-entry initiatives by creating service partnerships between faith-based and community organizations and corrections. Discussion topics include: leveraging money through partnerships; dispelling the myths surrounding a partnership between faith-based and community organizations and corrections; creating a solution-based partnership that helps to improves lives and fosters community safety; navigating the request for proposal (RFP) process and associated legal terms; and developing a “4th hour” action plan to integrate and expand upon the information presented.

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Highlights are provided of advice given by individuals from correctional agencies and faith-based and community organizations on how to create successful partnerships. Sections of this presentation are: understanding each other—questions and concerns; making partnerships work; legal issues; and getting started.

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This program addresses the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA legislatively impacted the field of corrections when it was signed into law in 1990. Some correctional organizations have made significant progress to address this legislation, others have found themselves in costly litigation, and for others, ADA compliance needs to be addressed. Compliance is everyone's business. Panelists will provide a systemic view of the following: ADA awareness and ADA myths; fifteen-year history of the ADA in corrections; collaboration among administrators, health care, and custody staff; relationship between security and the ADA concept of "direct threat"; reasonable accommodations within a correctional setting; dialogue between stakeholders regarding ADA compliance in corrections; benefits of accessible design; and the future of ADA in corrections.

A Systemic Approach to the Americans with Disabilities Act in Corrections: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Cover

This 2-hour program in a town hall format was broadcast live from the American Correctional Association's Winter Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on January 10, 2005. The discussion panel includes various leaders working in and with corrections and criminal justice professionals. The intent of the broadcast is to provide education and up-to-date information on the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) to the field of corrections. Discussion topics include the following: issues of misconduct that initiated the legislation; what drove the Act through Congress; and the issue of misconduct.

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The Academy Division sponsors technical assistance, training, and networks around three major initiatives: Cognitive Behavioral Training, Learning and Performance, and Leadership Development.

Cognitive Behavioral Training (CBT) is designed to address thinking patterns and assist people in behavior change. NIC's CBT initiative is comprised of Thinking for a Change.

The Academy Leadership Development Partnership Initiative (LDPI) incorporates research, fosters innovation, and drives opportunities for professional growth by partnering with constituent agencies to plan, develop, implement, and measure agency-based leadership development programs: programs that are specific to the agency, implemented by the agency, and sustained by the agency.

The Learning and Performance Initiative represents NIC’s effort to help build staff training and development capacity in correctional agencies. Click here for resources for trainers and curriculum designers.

Division Chief: Jeff Hadnot

Crime is everyone's business. It affects entire communities. Too often, crime victims are left to fend for themselves or are forgotten, especially after the court process. Significant progress has been made in corrections-based victim services over the past two decades. Yet, true excellence in victim services can only be achieved through active collaboration.

This interactive, multidisciplinary program examines the need for a collaborative approach to corrections-based victim services. In addition, it highlights the importance of victim-centered responses by corrections, allied professionals, and the community in addressing the rights, needs, and traumas of crime victims.

Participants will: gain increased sensitivity towards crime victims and describe how crime affects people; identify and apply various methods and strategies to hold offenders accountable for the harm they have caused; identify and plan responsive strategies for corrections-based victim services in partnership with other justice and community stakeholders; develop a plan to measure victim services effectively in your jurisdiction; identify local and national resources and develop action plans for victim services collaboration; and create connections to help provide seamless services throughout corrections.

The intended outcome of this training is to empower agencies to take a leadership role in the development and delivery of victim services training to meet their specific system requirements. This training will be supplemented with resource materials that states, jurisdictions, and agencies may use in the development and management of victim services training.

Facilitator and participant manuals are also included.

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Complex issues surrounding staff sexual misconduct are addressed during this 36-hour training program. Modules comprising this curriculum are: defining staff sexual misconduct with offenders; state laws; staff sexual misconduct -- the nature of one's role and power; policy; action planning; agency culture; management and operational practices; training; investigating allegations of staff sexual misconduct with offenders; human resources; legal considerations; developing a community and media response; and prevention. Also provided is a training agenda and tips for teaching.

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