Reimagining Juvenile Justice Training Institute

The Casey Foundation is expanding the Reimagining Juvenile Justice (RJJ) footprint in 2019 with a Train-the-Trainer Institute hosted by School & Main Institute in Denver, CO. The training focused on RJJ’s core curriculum and concepts and instructional strategies for maximizing adult learning. The Institute was attended by two-person teams, from 15 jurisdictions around the country. Upon completion of the Training Institute, the training teams will be responsible for delivering the RJJ curriculum to a multi-agency cohort in their home communities between May and December 2019.

Reimagining Juvenile Justice (RJJ) is a staff development initiative sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and delivered through School & Main Institute (SMI). RJJ is designed for professionals working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system and their families. Its objective is to develop the capacity of professionals to support, divert and redirect youth to appropriate and fair justice options, including options that require a high degree of cross-system collaboration and coordination. It is based on research on adolescent development that shows youth thrive in a positive environment with the support of caring adults.

To read more from Annie E. Casey, click here. For information on JDAIconnect, click here.



Systems for Student Success Initiative Cross District Meeting

In the meeting on April 10th, 2019, we focused on the integration of SEL and academics and what leading this work in an integrated way looks like. We explored how two districts - Pittsfield and Somerville – are collecting and using data to drive system improvements. We came up with ways to hold ourselves accountable for progress. What would help build support locally and what would help ESE continue its investment?


Re-Imagining Juvenile Justice: A Positive Youth Development Mindset 

The 2019 “Train-the-Trainer Institute”: A Professional Workforce Development Initiative

At the heart of emerging trends in the field of youth development is the critical importance of adolescent brain development and the essential need for youth to develop in a positive environment with the support of caring adults.

School & Main Institute and the Annie E. Casey Foundation will work with 15 sites from across the U.S. on a “Train-the-Trainer” initiative. After the training, teams will deliver the Re-Imagining Juvenile Justice curriculum back home to professionals in the field. Our hope is that this training will help transform juvenile probation and support youth in the best way possible.


A Fall River Strategy for Implementing Multiple Pathways to Graduation: Creating a New High School for Over Age/Under Credited Youth in Fall River 

School & Main Institute and the Barr Foundation are working to support the Fall River Public Schools in their efforts to adopt multiple strategies to graduation.

Many urban and large suburban school districts in the Commonwealth and around the country have the traditional “one-size fits all” comprehensive model, which no longer supports the diversity of student needs and learning styles.  This has motivated school districts to create multiple pathways that support students through high school completion and graduation.  Experience has shown that when well implemented - multiple pathways is a fiscally prudent, effective way to manage the reality that no one approach, methodology or set of supports can meet the academic and social/emotional needs our students have.  Adapting a multiple pathway approach results in wins for nearly all elements of the public schools, including comprehensive high schools.

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Learning to LEAP: Resources Share Early Lessons on Supporting Youth

"Making Education and Career Pathways Work for Justice-Involved Youth," a brief from School & Main Institute, tells how LEAP partnerships are working to connect justice-involved youth with greater educational and employment opportunities. To read more about our work AECF, click here.

In a Nutshell

Founded in 1985 at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management, School & Main Institute (SMI) has grown into a nationally recognized, independent non-profit training and partnership development organization that has worked with organizations and state agencies in more than 35 states.


School & Main Institute staff and faculty have years of expertise as organizational leaders, program developers, trainers, and facilitators in the fields of education, workforce preparation, youth and community development.

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