Juvenile Justice Education
Florida law authorizes educational services in Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) programs (s. 1003.52, F.S.) to ensure that all eligible students receive a high-quality education designed to meet their unique needs. The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) acts as the lead agency for the educational component in these programs and sets standards for curriculum and other support services. FDOE is committed to providing leadership to the students in DJJ programs with an overall objective of equipping them with skills necessary for continued education and employment.
- Dr. Curtis Williams, Juvenile Justice Education Program Director
- Carla Greene, M.S., Juvenile Justice Liaison
- DJJ Transition Representatives (PDF)
- Detention Center Contacts (PDF)
- District Contract Manager (PDF)
- Prevention, Day Treatment, and Residential Contact List (PDF)
DJJ Annual Report
The DJJ Annual Report provides information regarding the progress made toward developing effective educational programs. The report consists of recommendations for system improvement, legislated requirements of DJJ and DOE, profiles of students in DJJ and other dropout prevention programs, student outcomes, and funding of educational programs.
- Developing Effective Education in the Department of Juvenile Justice, Annual Report 2016-2017 (PDF)
- Developing Effective Education in the Department of Juvenile Justice, Annual Report 2015-2016 (PDF)
- Developing Effective Education in the Department of Juvenile Justice, Annual Report 2014-2015 (PDF)
- Developing Effective Education in the Department of Juvenile Justice, Annual Report 2013-2014 (PDF)
- Developing Effective Educational Programs in Department of Juvenile Justice and Other Dropout Prevention Programs, Annual Report 2012-2013 (PDF)
- Developing Effective Educational Programs in Department of Juvenile Justice and Other Dropout Prevention Programs, Annual Report 2011-2012 (PDF)
State Laws and Regulations
The Florida Statutes (F.S.) and Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) rule referenced below are specific to DJJ Education.
- s. 1001.31, F.S., Scope of district system
- s. 1003.51, F.S., Other public educational services
- s. 1003.52, F.S., Educational services in Department of Juvenile Justice programs
- s. 985.622, F.S., Multiagency plan for career and professional education (CAPE)
- Rule 6A-6.05281, F.A.C., Educational Programs for Students in Department of Juvenile Justice Detention, Prevention, Residential, or Day Treatment Programs
- Lead Educator Handbook 2018 (PDF)
- Career and Professional Education (CAPE) Plan (PDF)
- Career and Professional Education (CAPE) and Juvenile Justice Programs TAP (PDF)
- DPS: 2011-03 - Information on General Educational Development Preparation, General Educational Development, and the Performance-Based Exit Option for Use in Department of Juvenile Justice Education Programs (PDF)
- DPS: 2010-155 (Revised August 2017) - Technical Assistance Paper: Information on Common Assessment for Use in Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Education Program (DPS) (PDF)
The Suggested Process for Entry Transition Meeting and Activities and sample forms and templates below are optional and were developed to streamline the transition process that is required by s. 1003.52(5), F.S., and Rule 6A-6.05281(5), F.A.C. The sample forms and templates can be used in their entirety or sections of the samples can be adopted to meet the needs of the DJJ program. The Educational Exit Plan is a printed copy of the Electronic Educational Exit Plan (EEEP) that is located in the Juvenile Justice Information System Schools Module. The EEEP is not a mandated document; however, it is a process and an electronic document that was developed by the DJJ Office of Education in collaboration with FDOE for students in DJJ residential programs to satisfy the recommended educational post-release placement component of the required Transition Plan.
- Suggested Process for Entry Transition Meeting and Activities (PDF)
- Reporting Academic Progress and Problem Solving (Word)
- Student Education Progress Monitoring Plan (Word)
- Student Education Transition Plan upon Entry (Word)
- Student Educational Input - Entrance Interview (Word)
- Education Entry Transition Meeting Notes & Checklist (Word)
- Educational Needs Assessment - Student Records (Word)
- Electronic Educational Exit Plan (EEEP) (PDF)
Referral Process for Students in DJJ Residential Schools Applying for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services
The following documents provide instructions for staff in juvenile justice residential schools on how to make student referrals to VR. This referral process is a collaborative effort between the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, Division of VR and DJJ to connect students in residential programs with Pre-Employment Transition Services and ensure continuity of VR services after release.
DJJ Bimonthly Conference Call
The DJJ Bimonthly Conference Call is a webinar designed to offer technical assistance and professional development for lead educators, faculty, and staff in DJJ programs. The webinars are conducted by Dr. Curtis Williams, Juvenile Justice Education Program Director, and Carla Greene, M.S., Juvenile Justice Liaison. If you are interested in participating in the DJJ Bimonthly Conference Call, please contact Carla Greene.
- March 2018 DJJ Bimonthly (PDF)
- January 2018 DJJ Bimonthly (PDF)
- November 2017 DJJ Bimonthly (PDF)
- September 2017 DJJ Bimonthly (PDF)
- July 2017 DJJ Bimonthly (PDF)
- May 2017 DJJ Bimonthly (PDF)
- March 2017 DJJ Bimonthly (PDF)
- November 2016 DJJ Bimonthly (PDF)
- September 2016 DJJ Bimonthly (PDF)
- July 2016 DJJ Bimonthly (PDF)
- May 2016 DJJ Bimonthly (PDF)
- March 2016 DJJ Bimonthly (PDF)
- January 2016 DJJ Bimonthly (PDF
Quarterly and Annual Conferences and Meetings
Effective Strategies and Student Engagement Institute Conference (ESSEI)
The ESSEI is an annual conference sponsored by the FDOE. The major goal of the conference is to bring together partners and key stakeholders throughout the state that are focused on serving students that are “at-risk” of not graduating high school. The conference is centered on content and workshops designed to strengthen existing programs, to provide up-to-date professional development, and to facilitate access to resource development. For information on the dates and location of the next conference, please visit the Workshops and Conferences page managed by the Bureau of Family and Community Outreach.
DJJ Regional Meetings
The FDOE in partnership with the DJJ Office of Education conducts annual regional meetings to provide updates on state laws, rules and regulations regarding educational services in DJJ programs to lead educators, school district contract managers and transition personnel. The regional meetings convene in late spring or early summer.