|North Dakota Youth Correctional Center’s Education Proves to Be Highly Functional|
|By Penny Veit-Hetletved & Gaylene E. Massey|
The education department of the North Dakota Youth Correctional Center (YCC) doesn’t fit any federal molds for academic measurement due to our transient population. The Director of Education and the teaching staff at YCC’s school find the school improvement process to be an essential element in providing the best possible educational program. YCC uses the AdvancED accreditation service. “AdvancED is the unified organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). AdvancED is dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide through accreditation, research, and professional services.” http://www.advanc-ed.org/
On February 3 & 4, 2010, the YCC school hosted a visiting team of peers representing AdvancED to audit the school program. This audit determines whether or not the school fulfills the requirements of seven specific standards established by the AdvancED organization. These seven standards are:
We are proud to report that the YCC school was recommended to be accredited at the Highly-Functional level in all seven standards. The recommendation was approved by the quality assurance review professionals, and YCC is now accredited by AdvancED to the HIGHLY FUNCTIONAL rating in all seven categories. The QAR audit team chair has several years of auditing experience in her resume, and when she reported their findings to our educational group, she declared that this is the first time in her experience that a school would reach this highly functional rating in ALL seven standards.
Becoming accredited assures other schools, parents, and all of the stakeholders that the YCC education department practices a continuous school improvement process and leaves no question that the students are receiving an excellent educational program while in our care.
Penny Veit-Hetletved has been with the North Dakota Youth Correctional Center (NDYCC) for the past five years. Her first responsibility was to implement the Read Right program. Since then, she also coordinates the school improvement process and the Schoolwide Title I program. In addition, Penny is launching the Read Right training model by training three tutors to implement the program with the adult population for the ND Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation this summer.
Gaylene E. Massey has served the North Dakota Youth Correctional Center (NDYCC) in a variety of roles including classroom teacher, school improvement coordinator, and for the last five years as Administrator of Educational Services over the past 33 years.
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