Division of Instruction
Windham School District programs are designed to meet the unique needs of adult offenders and address the legislatively-mandated goals of reducing recidivism, reducing the cost of confinement, promoting positive behavior during confinement, and increasing offenders’ success in obtaining and maintaining employment.
Offenders are selected for enrollment in WSD programs based on the Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) process. The ITP is a plan of treatment for an individual offender. The plan outlines programmatic activities and services for an offender, and prioritizes his/her participation in recommended programs based on the offender’s needs, program availability, and projected release date. Offenders who are less than 35 years of age have the highest priority for enrollment in academic classes. Offenders who are less than 35 years of age and within five years of projected release have the highest priority for placement in academic and vocational programs.
WSD educators teach students by combining real-world contexts and workplace skills. Teachers create lessons that address each different learning style within the student population. All programs emphasize workplace skills such as tolerance, teamwork, and problem solving.
1. Basic Academic Program emphasizes literacy training and GED preparation. The curricular framework includes the development of skills necessary for obtaining and maintaining employment.
2. Special Education Program provides individualized instruction for students with disabilities so they can learn and be successful.
3. Title I Program provides a supplemental academic program for eligible offenders who are less than 21 years of age.
4. English as a Second Language Program (ESL) provides English language instruction for offenders with limited English proficiency.
5. The CHANGES II Program (Pre-Release) prepares offenders for return to the "free world". The program addresses personal development, healthy relationships, living responsibly, drug education, health, emotional development and employment.
6. The Cognitive Intervention Program is designed to improve behavior during incarceration and after release by addressing thinking patterns which lead to criminal behavior. The program includes instruction and exercises in problem solving, anger management, impulse control, overcoming criminal thinking, creating positive attitudes and beliefs, goal setting and relapse prevention.
7. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program integrates career path planning and technical training to prepare offenders for today's workforce. Career and technical training is offered in more than 30 occupations. The competency-based curriculum is designed to meet entry-level industry standards, including certification and licensure requirements. The CTE program also supports apprenticeship and On-the-Job-Training programs.