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.
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 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
- 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)
DJJ Bimonthly Conference Call
The DJJ Bimonthly Forum 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
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.
The Adolescent Conference is an annual conference sponsored by the Florida Juvenile Justice Association designed to enhance the professional skills of child-serving agencies who work with delinquent, dependent and community youth. The conference offers the opportunity to share and showcase proven prevention, intervention and treatment practices, disseminate knowledge into practice and discuss implementation of effective strategies. For information on the dates and location of the next conference, please visit the Florida Juvenile Justice Association,
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.