Specializing in Correctional Education

Northstar Correctional Education Services


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Northstar is a professional correctional education firm specializing in male and female state correctional facilities and contracts in all 50 states.
With decades of experience working with administration, security, and direclty with incarcerated individuals, Northstar can assist in research projects which pay dividends in advocacy, cost-effectiveness, and, ultimately, defensible educational programs.

Evaluation, Consultation, Research, Training, Staff Development, Grant Writing

  • objective, impartial reviews of both state and federal correctional education programs
  • comprehensive reports include commendations, recommendations, and summaries of both field practices and administrative processes

Evaluations are conducted using customized rubrics including budget analysis and accountability, performance-based outcomes, researched-based instruction, and alignment of intent with outcomes providing opportunities for program improvement.  Read more .


  • grant writing
  • current trends
  • technology
  • compliance with federal mandates
  • curriculum development and standardization 

Grant applications can be confusing and intimidating.  With experience in both grant writing and grant evaluation, Northstar will write your grants turning your ideas into fundable projects.

Partners in Research
Training and Staff Development
  • a thorough introduction to the distinctive culture of prison education
  • security awareness
  • a team approach to rehabilitation

Few educators come to correctional education with critical survival skills. 
We offer in-house or regional training.

  • extensive on-site national data collection
  • applicable to your vision and integrated with security
  • assistance in overcoming challenges common in site recruitment and prison access
  • multi-site and multi-state coordination
  • detailed records and meaningful reports that reflect focused research results
  • post-release reporting

Northstar served as sole field agents for the Institute of Education Sciences large-scale random assignment efficacy study:  Establishing Successful Postsecondary Academic Programs