Academic journal article Journal of Correctional Education

Rhea Bowman Is the 2012 Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award

Academic journal article Journal of Correctional Education

Rhea Bowman Is the 2012 Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award

Article excerpt

Alaska's juvenile justice programs were in their infancy when Ms. Bowman began teaching at McLaughlin Youth Center, Alaska's largest juvenile facility, in 1972. That first year, she taught English classes to 12- to 20-year-old students with handme-down textbooks and no library. From 1973 to 2002, Ms. Bowman developed, designed, and coordinated the Title 1/ Chapter 1 program, establishing the first school library and the first reading program at McLaughlin. In 1988, the program was cited as an "Exemplary Program" by the Secretary's Initiative through the Department of Education, Washington, DC Today the MYC school library has a professional librarian, circulation of 5,000 books with satellite paperback libraries on eight different living units adding another 5,600 books, and access to the district-wide interlibrary loan. As Director of the McLaughlin Title I project, Ms. Bowman was responsible for: establishing and coordinating the Title 1 math/reading program, developing and administering annual program budgets, supervising Title 1 staff, authorizing state/federal grant applications and annual evaluations, and creating and teaching individualized remedial reading program. …

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