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NIFL List Will Discuss Transitions from Corrections to Community Education

Posted on 03/12/2008

The National Institute for Literacy Special Topics email list will host another lively national discussion starting March 17, this time on transitions from corrections education programs to community education. The discussion will be hosted by David Rosen, a well-known literacy consultant from Boston. You may subscribe to the list online, and you may unsubscribe when the discussion is over on March, or wait to see if you are interested in the next topic. David is currently collecting questions from participants to get the discussion started.

There will be four guests contributing to the new discussion:

Carolyn (Cay) Buser
Cay Buser joined the United States Department of Education in May of 2006 as an adult education program specialist with duties as the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) liaison with correctional education.Dr. Buser works with the Western States to assist them in the administration of adult education grants and was the coordinator of the recent federal audit visit to California.She also is the national resource for coordination with correctional education programs and adult education grants.

Prior to her federal appointment, Dr. Buser was director of correctional education for the Maryland State Department of Education.Her responsibilities entailed management of the education and library programs in Maryland’s adult and juvenile correctional systems. Her academic background includes a master’s degree in special education and a doctorate in educational policy and administration.

Steve Schwalb
Steve Schwalb has served as President and CEO of Pioneer Human Services since April, 2007. Prior to that, Steve had a 33-year career in the field of corrections.After receiving his B.A. degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington, he began his corrections career as a Personnel Management Specialist trainee with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He subsequently held various positions of additional responsibility, including Personnel Director, Chief of Internal Affairs, Warden, Deputy Regional Director and Assistant Director.

In the latter position, Steve was responsible for nationwide oversight of the education, vocational training, recreation, parenting, transition preparation, citizen volunteers and industrial work programs. Serving in the role of Chief Operating Officer of Federal Prison Industries, Inc., he oversaw over 100 factories that employ 21,000 inmates and 1,400 staff, and that generated $800 million in annual sales.

John Gordon
John has worked at the Fortune Society since 2001, first as Director of its Education program and more recently as an Associate President of Programs. The Fortune Society works with people after they’ve come home from prison or jail. Their Education program serves 200-300 students per year; they offer classes in Adult Basic Education, ESOL, and computer skills. Many students are on probation or parole; others are mandated by the courts to one of Fortune’s Alternatives to Incarceration programs; some are no longer under any criminal justice supervision. He isan active participant in the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy.

Stephen J. Steurer, Ph.D.
Steve is the Executive Director of the Correctional Education Association,a professional organization of educators who work in prisons, jails and juvenile settings.