Supporting Lifelong Learners – The Path from Prison to Adult School

Session 7: 1:00pm-2:00pm (Saturday March 02, 2024)



The goal of this session is to promote cooperation between prison and adult education programs. It will introduce adult school staff to educational opportunities available in prisons and share what to expect when a returning citizen arrives at an adult school. Presenters from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will discuss in-person and distance learning courses recently made available, revealing what they chose (which may be surprising!), what it indicates to education programs in prisons, and what it means for adult schools where returning students will enroll. Tips will be offered on what to expect from previously incarcerated learners and how to support their success in meeting educational goals. The wrap-up will include an invitation for adult schools to submit information about their programs to CDCR to be included in an online course for those preparing for release with the goal of connecting learning while in prison to lifelong learning.


Lead Presenter Bio Photo

Lynne Ruvalcaba

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Dr. Lynne Ruvalcaba is the Administrator of Educational Technology for the Office of Correctional Education, Division of Rehabilitative Programs in CDCR. She has more than fifteen years of experience working with educational technology, first in high school classrooms and later as a K-12/corrections administrator. She has presented the results of CDCR's educational technology initiatives at multiple conferences and supported work that has redefined what it means to be an adult learner in prison.

Type of Presentation

Demonstration (60 Minutes)


  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Support Staff or Other Staff (Transition Specialists, Counselors, Librarians, etc.)

Program Strands

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Adult Secondary Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Workforce Preparation

Category Strands

  • Corrections, Re-Entry, and Rehabilitation
  • Program Administration and Coordination