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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021 for an Emerging Leaders in Middle Management – Virtual Instructor-Led Training Development (VILT) and Pilot Program. This program furthers NIC’s mission by planning, developing, delivering, and supporting capacity-building for mid-level leadership training to the field of corrections.

Goals
This program aims to advance operational safety and security by enhancing mid-level managers’ leadership through innovative training and technical assistance.

Objectives
1. Develop a virtual instructor-led leadership enhancement training curriculum using synchronous and asynchronous modules for mid-level managers applicable to all disciplines within correctional facility settings.
2. Pilot the new virtual instructor-led mid-level management leadership enhancement training curriculum and strategy.
3. Collect and analyze post-pilot delivery feedback from participants, instructors, and project team members.
4. Apply final revisions and edits to the VILT curriculum.

Deliverables
1. Conduct an initial virtual meeting with NIC within 20 days of the award to review goals and objectives, discuss and develop a timeline of activities, role clarification, overview of the project, and the project concept plan.
2. The awardee will create a mid-level management leadership enhancement training program designed for VILT delivery. The awardee should use NIC’s pre-existing training materials and publications as references. All new program terminology will be applicable to all correctional settings and not jail or prison specific. The program must include a facilitator’s guide, participant guide, presentation materials, and other training aids as necessary and approved by NIC. The awardee will design the program to be delivered in four to six weekly live sessions via Webex, each not to exceed approximately two hours. The awardee will also develop inter-session assignments that will incrementally build on the individual leadership enhancement plan.
3. The awardee will work with the NIC program manager to identify four of the twelve competencies from the Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century: Manager and Supervisor Levels, and develop curriculum modules that will be used during the live VILT sessions.
4. The awardee will recommend at least two assessment tools designed to evaluate and provide feedback to mid-level managers on their leadership attributes. The awardee must have at least one person qualified to administer the assessment and provide individual feedback to participants. The NIC program manager has the final determination on which assessment tool is used.
5. The awardee will develop or identify a pre-existing leadership enhancement plan which will be completed by each of the pilot participants.
6. The awardee is responsible for contracting and compensating technical resource providers (TRPs) to deliver training and related assistance under the cooperative agreement. If not performed solely by the awardee, TRP services will include:
• Participation in virtual meetings with the cooperative agreement team.
• Subject matter expert (SME) consultation on all program materials.
• Delivering approximately two hours of training weekly for four to six weeks.
7. The awardee, in collaboration with the NIC program manager, will schedule and complete VILT curriculum rehearsals. Rehearsals will be conducted on NIC’s Webex Training platform. Awardee is responsible for acting as, or providing the producer for all rehearsals and instructional sessions throughout the pilot delivery of the new VILT curriculum.
8. The awardee will conduct technology/IT compatibility checks with all participants prior to the first live session.
9. The awardee will pilot all training materials using 20 participants from no less than four different correctional agencies and provide NIC with a summary report of the training event. The NIC program manager has the final approving authority for all participants.
10. The awardee will design and implement an evaluation process to collect pilot user feedback to assess the program’s effectiveness. Based on the results of the pilot, instructor/SME, and project team feedback, the awardee will implement final revisions to the program deliverables.
11. The awardee will record all pilot sessions and edit the recordings to remove any agency-specific sensitive information. The finalized recordings are part of the program deliverables.
12. The awardee, in collaboration with the NIC program manager, will coordinate all training logistics, such as contact information, dates, technical readiness checks with participants, etc.
13. The awardee will meet all financial and reporting requirements for the cooperative agreement.

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 10, 2021

 

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021 Leadership Initiative. Work completed under this cooperative agreement will result in the conversion of curriculum from Instructor Led Training (ILT) to Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT), and the development of a virtual train the trainer curriculum for NIC’s Academy Division. This course will be used to build competency and capacity in the field of corrections in leadership development.

Goals
The goal of this project is to convert The Leadership Development for Supervisors face to face curriculum into a virtual training program and design/build The Leadership Development for Supervisors Training for Trainers using a research-based learning design framework in order to improve the effectiveness of the learning delivery as well as to create consistency in the layout and design of course materials.

Objectives

1. Participate in a kick-off project team meeting using NIC’s virtual instructor led platform, and clarifying the deliverables, work products, and time frames for this project.
2. Consult with the Academy initiative team leader for each of the identified curricula to gain understanding of the history, purpose, and objectives of each course to be audited.
3. Conduct a comprehensive audit of the instructional materials for the courses, comparing each to a list of research-based standards and practices for adult learning design: specifically, the NIC Course Design Audit Checklist.
4. Identify items of non-compliance from each audit and formulate recommendations for revision of the design, format, and layout of instructional materials for all courses.
5. Consult with the Academy initiative team leader on the recommended revisions and draft a revision plan for work to be completed on each course.
6. Complete all work identified in the revision plan for each course and submit draft course materials to the Academy team leader for review and approval.
7. Complete any additional edits and/or revisions to draft materials as necessary and submit the final draft of course materials for the two courses.

Deliverables
1. Design Audits
a. Completed Course Design Audit Checklists with auditor notes for each of the courses.
b. Design and addition of highlighted areas in the face to face (ILT) curriculum in preparation for conversion to virtual (VILT) curriculum.
2. Course Conversion:
a. Conversion plans should identify work to be done in the design, format, and layout for the curriculum package.
b. A first draft of the course materials package that includes the following materials at a minimum:
    i.Course overview and sample delivery agenda and formats.
    ii. Course evaluation plan.
    iii. Module overview(s) (if modules are a component of the course).
    iv. Lesson plan(s) including all presentation visuals (PPT slides), participant learning materials/guide, and facilitator guide.
3. Final Draft to include at a minium:
a. Course overview and sample delivery agenda and formats.
b. Course evaluation plan.
c. Module overview(s) (if modules are a component of the course).
d. Lesson plan(s) including all presentation visuals (PPT slides), participant learning materials/guide, and facilitator guide.
4. Project Narrative which should include a comprehensive project summary report that includes a narrative description of the project including background, purpose, objectives, and results.

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

 

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

 

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year 2021. This project will apply the tenants of implementation science to assist the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODCR) develop implementation plans for the identified change targets of: auditing/data collection and analysis, staff recruitment, hiring and training, culture change, and behavior change case management orientation.

Goals
Agency leadership and mid-level management staff will develop the knowledge, skills, capacity, and implementation strategies to create and sustain change in targeted areas.

Objectives
These objectives will be completed over a two-year period:
Year One: Assessment and Training
1. Establish a statewide implementation team from ODRC leadership and stakeholders to plan, guide, and monitor state implementation efforts.
2. Deliver virtual training session(s) on the essential methods and tools of implementation science to the statewide implementation team members.
3. Diagnose the implementation issues and challenges for each of the identified change targets by analysis of relevant data/information, policy/procedures, and staff.
Year Two: Planning, Application, and Support
4. Establish six ODRC regional staff implementation teams to focus on the change targets specific to their regions.
5. Deliver virtual and face-to-face training(s) on the essential methods and tools of implementation science to the six implementation team members.
6. Develop and engage implementation plans for each of the six ODRC regions.
7. Formalized a process to measure, monitor, and provide feedback, support/coaching to all of the implementation teams – statewide and regional.

Deliverables
Year One: Assessment and Training
1. A project action plan developed in collaboration with the NIC program manager and ODRC leadership to establish tasks, roles, responsibilities, and timelines for the entire two-year project.
2. Establish a statewide implementation team from ODRC leadership staff and stakeholders, who will provide guidance and direction for the project.
3. A virtual implementation science training(s) for the statewide implementation team. A training plan that includes lesson plans and power points.
4. An agency implementation assessment report that determines agency needs, operational gaps, strengths, and capacity related to the change targets.
Year Two: Planning, Application, and Support
1. Establish six ODRC regional implementation teams from ODRC regional staff who will serve as key staff in developing and monitoring plan activities.
2. Deliver virtual and/or face-to-face training(s) for the six regional team members.  Develop training plan that includes lesson plans and power points.
3. Develop six regional specific implementation plans for the change targets, based on the findings from the implementation assessment report.
4. Engage the six regional teams in applying implementation tools and methods.
5. Monitor, measure, and provide feedback on all implementation activities in the six regions.
6. Prepare a written final report, based on NIC framework, and deliver findings verbally to ODRC leadership. Awardee will work with the NIC program manager to identify elements for inclusion in the report.

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 17, 2021

 

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021 Learning and Performance Initiative. Work completed under this cooperative agreement will result in the conversion of curriculum from Instructor Led Training (ILT) to Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT), and the development of a virtual train the trainer curriculum for NIC’s Academy Division. This course will be used to build competency and capacity in the field of corrections in learning and performance.

Goals
The goal of this project is to convert The Learning Professional face to face curriculum into a virtual training program and design/build The Learning Professional Training for Trainers using a research-based learning design framework in order to improve the effectiveness of the learning delivery as well as to create consistency in the layout, design of course materials, preparation, and facilitation of live VILT deliveries.

Objectives
1. Participate in a kick-off project team using NIC’s virtual instructor led platform, and clarifying the deliverables, work products, and time frames for this project.
2. Consult with the Academy initiative team leader for each of the identified curricula to gain understanding of the history, purpose, and objectives of each course to be audited.
3. Conduct a comprehensive audit of the instructional materials for the courses, comparing each to a list of research-based standards and practices for ILT and VILT adult learning design: specifically, the NIC Course Design Audit Checklist.
4. Identify items of non-compliance from each audit and formulate recommendations for revision of the design, format, and layout of instructional materials for all courses.
5. Consult with the Academy initiative team leader on the recommended revisions and draft a revision plan for work to be completed on each course.
6. Complete all work identified in the revision plan for each course and submit draft course materials to the Academy team leader for review and approval.
7. Complete any additional edits and/or revisions to draft materials as necessary and submit the final draft of course materials for the two courses.

Deliverables
1. Design Audits which should include completed Course Design Audit Checklists with auditor notes for each of the courses.
2. Course Conversion
a. Conversion plans that identify work to be done in the design, format, and layout for the Learning Professional.
b. First draft course materials package for The Learning Professional that includes the following materials:
    i. Course overview
    ii. Course evaluation plan
    iii. Module overview(s) (if modules are a component of the course)
    iv. Lesson plan(s) including all presentation visuals (PPT slides), participant learning materials/guide, and facilitator guide
    v. Recommended faculty preparation strategies, any needed credentialing and / or certifications, e.g. certified virtual facilitation mastery.
3. Final Drafts which should include the following materials:
   i. Course overview
   ii. Course evaluation plan
   iii. Module overview(s) (if modules are a component of the course)
   iv. Lesson plan(s) including all presentation visuals (PPT slides), participant learning materials/guide, and facilitator guide
   v. Recommended Faculty qualifications and certifications.
4. Project Narrative which should include a comprehensive project summary report that includes a narrative description of the project including background, purpose, objectives, and results.

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

 

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.

Goals
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.

Objectives
• 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.

Deliverables
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. 

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 June 7, 2021

 

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021 for the development of a resource on reinforcing the use of the gender-responsive practice with justice involved women under community supervision.

Goals
The gender-responsive training tips and prompts will reinforce theory and research from prior gender-responsive training, and it will enhance staff knowledge and practice in the case management and supervision process of women on community supervision. The ultimate goal is that community supervision staff, after participation in events using the gender-responsive training tips and prompts, will increase their confidence working effectively with women, assist women in meeting their conditions of community supervision, and when possible, increase the number of women who successfully complete community supervision, and reduce the number of women who return to confinement for failing to meet their conditions of supervision.

Objectives
1. The awardee will use knowledge and expertise to identify topics and issues that are present in the population of justice-involved women, and identify topics that have particular relevance to women on some form of community supervision.
2. The identified issues and topic areas will be translated into a selection of gender-responsive training tips and prompts to further enhance staff learning.
3. The highlighted gender-responsive training tips and prompts will include content that defines the topic, briefly summarizes foundational theory/research, discusses implications for community supervision, and provides suggestions for staff on how to employ those elements in the case management and supervision process.
4. The awardee will develop a resource that contains the content of selected topics and issues, has flexibility in its application, and will lend itself to other creative uses to enhance learning and discussion.
5. The awardee will ensure that content can be used easily in a variety of settings, further enhance learning, and encourage discussion.

Deliverables
1. Participate in a scheduled virtual planning meeting with the NIC Project Manager and other designated staff to clarify project goals, objectives, and deliverables, including discussing a timeline of activities and role clarification within 30 days of the award.
2. Participate in virtual meetings quarterly or more frequently as needed with NIC project staff over the course of the project.
3. Develop a draft of selected topics and issues that will form the content of gender-responsive training tips and prompts. Once a draft of selected items is approved by NIC, further develop the content as noted in objective 4.
4. Provide a final draft of gender-responsive training tips and prompts for review by NIC. Once approved by NIC, finalize the gender-responsive training tips and prompts resource and submit to NIC as a final product.

 

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 26, 2021

 

Correctional Industry programs contribute to the successful reentry of offenders by providing a structured environment for participants to learn the skills needed to obtain and retain post-release employment. Guided by evidence-based practices, Correctional Industries distinguishes itself by providing services that make an impact in reducing inmate recidivism. See how they make a significant difference in the lives of the offender population they serve and hear from national experts, correctional practitioners, and former offenders about the promising and evidenced-practices that impact recidivism.

At the conclusion of this program broadcast on October 5, 2011, participants will be able to: describe the evolution of Correctional Industries from “producing quality products” to “developing individuals who produce quality products”; explain how the incorporation of evidence-based practices helps improve program outcomes; identify how Correctional Industries provides offenders with the skills they need to successfully obtain and retain post-release employment; and identify evidence-based training opportunities that promote professional growth and development.

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