MAEA Corrections Education Committee meeting November 7, 2016

MAEA Corrections Education Committee   November 7, 2016

Attending: Kelley Heath, Steve Pyles, Arlene Jacques, Nathan Knight, Ellis King, Marcia Cook, Sue Knight


  • Kelley: In September presented MaineStars to DOC Education Coordinators.  Happy to be a part of committee supporting involvement in/compliance with WIOA.  Megan Dichter (DOE WorkReady coordinator) is currently working via distance.
  • Arlene: Feels CCJ is disconnected from other Adult Eds but programming continues.  Interested in working with WIOA more.
  • Steve: From CCJ, new.  Would appreciate a contact list for other CE folks.
  • Nate: From PCJ, working with a small inmate population.  Has worked with 2 who completed 26 credits through Adams State University.  Building computer access for inmates.
  • Marcia: Director of Monmouth-Winthrop AE.  Not currently associated with any facility.
  • Ellis: From DOC, changing mandated CASAS exam but working to verify any educational credentials earned. Data is lacking in determining efficacy of vocational training related to actual employment.  All facilities are planning to offer WorkReady.  The new women’s Reentry Building should be ready to open after the first of the year; thus closing the facility in Alfred.
  • Sue: Working as AE coordinator in Franklin and Somerset County Jails. Computer lab is working, usually supporting CASAS testing, HiSET prep, Accuplacer and hopefully, in January another KVCC course (PSY 101).

Reviewing Some Future Goals:

  • Hall of Flags scheduled for March 16. Kelley will acquire/build a practical sized tri-fold display.  We should consider gathering photos/data/?? Focus on possible theme: “Partnering in Re-entry…Adult Ed and Correctional Facilities”.  We would like to have a map or two locating facilities and AE programs.
  • Membership for interested DOC teachers/coordinators. As of 11/8/16 Marcia emailed Sue that membership dues and portal fees are billed in the spring.
  • MAEA conference is at USM Portland campus June 21, 22 2016. Some discussion about what we might offer for a session. As of 11/7/16, Lorraine Robida, conference chair, is asking if we would be interested in doing a “strand”, day-long, 4 sessions on Day 2 of the conference. I will forward this email to the committee.
  • Contact list lives on a website  Sue has been given directions to update the list and the site and will work on getting that done.  Our minutes can be posted here.
  • Communication between facilities and partners is a priority. Sharing data and information benefits inmates and programs.
  • Next meeting: December 12, 2pm.  Room 500 Cross Building. Feel free to invite others.

Two Sessions at Conference

2016 MAEA Conference,  University of Maine at Farmington, June 21-23

The Maine Adult Education Association subcommittee has organized two sessions at conference regarding corrections education.

Decisions for Living: A Pilot Project at the Aroostook County Jail

Facilitators Bernadette Farrar, Connie Kelley, Martha Schools, RSU 29/70 Adult Education

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Decisions for Living is a program developed by Vita Education in Pennsylvania to teach decision making skills to incarcerated adults using stories and examples relevant to participant’s lives.  DFL is designed to help individuals become more aware of their thoughts and feelings and how these thoughts and feelings relate to decision making.  This will be a report out of how the pilot project went at the Aroostook County Jail, and an opportunity to participate in one or two activities from the curriculum.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.


Re-entry Best Practice Roundtable

Facilitator Ray Therrien, Mt. Blue RSD

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This will be round table discussion about what’s working in your program to help released inmates with specific focus on their educational needs.  Please come prepared to share you ideas and challenges about how students are transitioning back into the community. What pathway models support them in moving from  difficult circumstances to a more hopeful horizon and belief in their possibilities for themselves, their families and their community.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.



Maine Correction Education Forum ~ October 30, 2015

Download an agenda for the Forum – Click this link

Spann Student Center
Thomas College
180 West River Rd,
Waterville, ME 04901

Presented by the Maine Adult Education Association (MAEA) Correction Committee with the support of the Maine Department of Corrections and the Office of Adult Education and Family Literacy – Maine Department of Education.

This day-long forum will be of special interest to correction facilities administrators, corrections educators, corrections technology directors, corrections facilities staff and related service providers. The conference is free of charge for these participants who will be given a preference in registration. Refreshments and lunch are provided.

Registration is now open. Click this link

Remarks by Dr. Joseph Fitzpatrick, Commissioner Maine Department of Corrections, Dr. Gail Senese, State Director, Office of Adult Education and Family Literacy and Sherriff Joel Merry – Sagadahoc County – President of the Maine Sheriffs’ Association.

Keynote Presentations

Educational Technology in Corrections – A National Perspective
Heather Claussen Erwin, J.D.
Co-author of Educational Technology in Education 2015 recently published by the US Department of Education. Available online at
Ms. Erwin is a Corrections Education National Trainer, a LINCS Corrections Forum Moderator for US Department of Education Office of Career Technical and Adult Education and KRATOS Learning, a  Consultant for Corrections Education Association  and  Corrections and Reentry Solutions Specialist for ALISON – Free Online Learning

Transition to Work – Jobs in Maine – Current Conditions and Outlook
Ruth Pease, MPP, Principal Economic Research Analyst Maine Department of Labor.
Ms. Pease oversees data programs and special projects such as the job vacancy survey, and presents labor market information to groups inside and outside government. Her research topics include new businesses, green jobs, livable wage estimates, workers with disabilities and job vacancies.

Three Hot Topic Roundtables

The Role of Technology in Corrections Education – What’s Happening – how is technology being used in Maine correctional facilities? What’s not happening and why?

Adventures with Intake – How is information gathered and shared?

Transitions – From Jail to Jail, From Jail to Corrections, From Prerelease to Community Education

For additional information contact
Ray Therrien, Director, Mt. Blue RSD Adult Education
Chair – MAEA Corrections Committee
108 Fairbanks Road
Farmington, ME 04938
207-778-3640 Ext 2027


Welcome to the area on the web where all information regarding Corrections Education in Maine may be shared, exchanged, and discussed.  The Maine Adult Education Association (MAEA) Corrections Committee is pleased to be able to offer this space.  We look forward to seeing you at the round table discussion at the annual MAEA Conference being held June 16-18 in Brunswick, Maine, at Bowdoin College.  The discussion will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  A description follows:

MAEA Corrections Education Committee Discussion Group     Kanbar Hall, Room 109

Facilitator – Ray Therrien, Director, Mt. Blue RSD Adult and Community Education

MAEA’s Corrections Education Committee will facilitate a discussion about the work they have been doing to unify the educational efforts between DOE and DOC at all levels of Corrections statewide.  The session will include information sharing and interactive conversation among participants to support Corrections Education within the facilities and the transition into Adult Education as inmates return to their communities.  Topics of discussion will include the goals and vision of the committee to date, corrections related funding opportunities in Maine, sharing of working models and recent corrections research.  Most importantly, this is an opportunity to share what your challenges, barriers and needs are and how this committee can help in supporting your Corrections Education Efforts

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