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Last summer, Rowan University Writing Arts instructor Tara Timberman attended the Inside-Out National Instructor Training Institute, presented by Lori Pompa at Temple University.
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Still in its pilot phase, Future Forward hosts four participants selected by the district attorney’s office. Tara Timberman, project founder and coordinator, says she plans to have 10 to 15 participants for the 2016-17 school year.
The community college started a reentry program for former prisoners in 2010, largely spurred by Tara Timberman, an assistant professor of English, who had worked for the federal bureau of prisons. She is founder and coordinator of the program, which allows students to take their first semester classes as a group.
In response to the introduction of service learning to the conversation en masse, undergraduate Iris Mendez mentioned her experiences while taking College Composition II with Tara Timberman. CCP started a reentry program for former prisoners in 2010, largely spurred by Tara Timberman, an assistant professor of English, who had worked for the federal Bureau of Prisons. She is founder and coordinator of the program, which allows students to take their first-semester classes as a group.The pilot program is the vision of Tara Timberman, founder and coordinator of the Reentry Support Project at Community College of Philadelphia. Her reason was simple: "Those who pursue college education have lower recidivism rates."The pilot program is the vision of Tara Timberman, founder and coordinator of the Reentry Support Project at Community College of Philadelphia. Her reason was simple: "Those who pursue college education have lower recidivism rates." Timberman, the Defenders Association, and prison social workers identified inmates who were qualified, eligible, and likely to be in the system long enough to complete the course. The prisoin is a minimum-custody facility, with most residents in for theft, drugs, and nonviolent offenses. Most sentences run from 11 1/2 to 23 months. For 10 weeks, the class studied English and drama. They wrote essays by hand, dissected The Iliad, and acted out scenes from August Wilson's play Fences.Jeff Copeland, 39, was thrust into the spotlight yesterday when President Obama met with him and then mentioned him by name as an example in his address to the NAACP national convention in Philadelphia, says the Philadelphia Daily News. The president also met with three other ex-offenders. Copeland says he kicked the drinking habit that led him to six DUI arrests, the most recent of which, in 2009, put him away for 18 months. He will graduate with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Temple University in December.The Philadelphia mayor's office "asked me to find a student who was making great strides in post-release success," said Tara Timberman of the Re-entry Support Project of Community College of Philadelphia's Fox-Rothchild Center for Law and Society. "Right away, I thought of Jeff." Obama's discussion with the ex-inmates was equal parts serious and silly, with thoughtful debates about prison policy interspersed with banter about basketball: Copeland, noting that five men were sitting together, offered to take Obama down to a court in South Philly, where he "was sure we could find five guys to take us on." What Obama really wanted to know was what had brought the men to that room, the experiences that had forged them.