In a normal semester, participants in Princeton’s Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) would lead dozens of courses for incarcerated students in New Jersey state correctional facilities and one federal prison. This spring, with pandemic-related restrictions, offerings were limited to seven classes taught with what officials called “approved distance learning techniques and modalities,” including paper instruction and assignment packets, textbooks, and brief, two-way electronic messages.
Jill Stockwell *17, PTI’s administrative director, is hopeful for a return to normal by fall. She’ll have plenty of volunteers available: As of mid-April, 130 graduate students, faculty, and staff had applied to teach or tutor in the coming year. Instructors work in teams, so about 100 can participate when there is a full course load.
Read the full article: Prison Teaching Initiative Helps Incarcerated Students Earn Degrees. (2021, May 28). Princeton Alumni Weekly.