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Past Projects

Strengthening Education in Juvenile Detention Centers

The UWT Center for Strong Schools was one of three teams nationwide to be awarded a 4-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency to examine the effectiveness of education in juvenile detention centers in Washington State. Goals and Products:

  1. To fully assess the educational practices in the state's 22 juvenile detention centers.
  2. To develop a manual to guide educational delivery for youth in this system.
  3. To strengthen existing partnerships and forge new partnerships between agencies and individuals who provide support for current and former incarcerated youth as well as for youth who are at risk of entering the juvenile justice system.
  4. To maximize the potential for educational success for all youth who enter into the juvenile detention system in Washington State.

Validity Assessment of the Washington State Assessement of the Risk and Needs of Students (WARNS)

The purpose of this project is to complete the process of validity testing for the recently-developed “Washington Assessment of the Risks and Needs of Students (WARNS) (George, 2012). This instrument was developed by researchers at the Washington Center for Court Research, part of the Administrative Office of the Courts, to be used to assess the needs of youth at risk of truancy or other criminal behavior and to direct court-ordered or school-based services accordingly.