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Join this session to learn about the impact that incarceration and involvement in the justice system has on an adult learner’s ability to engage and persist in your program. The strategies and considerations you will learn will help your program become a more safe and inclusive space for all learners, with an emphasis on restorative and transformative practices for those formally incarcerated or involved in the justice system.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Adult education directors, advisors, teachers, and all staff who want to deepen their understanding of working with students exposed to incarceration-related trauma

Adult education programs strive to engage all adults committed to pursuing career and educational goals, which includes meeting the unique learning needs of those formally incarcerated or involved in the justice system. In this session, you will explore the bio-psychological impact experienced by students caught in the criminal justice system, recognizing how the trauma of the system affects learning and engagement. As a group, we will share best practices for understanding and incorporating transformative justice practices in your program. You will participate in learning exercises and will debrief with the group about strategies that encourage long-term student engagement and persistence. Transformative and restorative practices benefit all learners and staff, as they demonstrates a pedagogy that is particularly sensitivity to those most impacted by the justice system.

Registrants will receive a separate email from with instructions on how to access the Zoom session. 

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Identify three key core elements that foster trust and safety in the classroom to promote the creation of transformative spaces for all students
  • Develop concrete responses to incarceration-related traumas that manifest in the learning environment
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

United States

PD Center
SABES Program Support PD Center - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Topic Area
ABE/Adult Education
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI)