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APDS began deployment in September 2014 at Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility to provide tablets to all juvenile girls at their maximum security facility. After a highly successful initial deployment in providing safe and effective educational and rehabilitative programming, as well as behavior reward tools, the state extended the program.
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APDS tablets offer a full range of academic and rehabilitative resources specifically targeted to this at-risk population. Successes include calmer facility, less violence, academic gains in reading and earlier intervention in mental health cases.
APDS coaching and content led to a remarkably high jump in literacy levels amongst female learners. Reading scores (as measured by pre- and post-WRAT testing) for young women in the facility improved (on average) by more than 4 grade levels throughout 2+ years of the APDS program.
“Our use of APDS tablets has allowed us to provide access to enhanced learning opportunities, increased access to library books, increased communication among students/trusted adults, and opportunities to reward students for successful outcomes. We are thrilled with the partnership we have established with APDS.”
Dr. Susan Lockwood, Director of Juvenile Education, Indiana Department of Corrections
Since October 2014, APDS began a partnership with 5 Keys Charter Schools to bring secure tablets to several Bay-Area correctional facilities. The program is focused on education, rehabilitation, reentry services, and has garnered considerable and favorable media attention.Case Study
The program centers around the Five Keys adult high school curriculum along with an array of additional resources including an online literacy program, job training, mental health literature, a substance abuse program, an online legal library, reentry materials and a number of APDS resources including TED Talks, National Corrections Library, Secure Content Locker and the Learning Management System. Facility staff, teachers and inmates view the tablets, APDS support and training, as indispensable educational and rehabilitation tools.
The NYC DOC program for young adults began in February 2016 at the Robert N. Davoren Center (RNDC) and the Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC). Tablets were deployed during the pilot program. Initial response from staff, inmates and COs has been overwhelmingly positive.
APDS began a partnership with the NYC DOE in June 2015 to bring its technology to the work District 79 does with juveniles on Rikers Island. The program began with extensive teacher training on utilizing APDS tablets to deliver educational programming. The program rapidly expanded to put technology into the hands of juveniles on Rikers Island to support individualized instruction and ongoing education at the East River Academy.
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Chris is an entrepreneur with a passionate belief in the power of education to change lives for the better. Chris has more than 25 years of experience leading start-up, turnaround, and mature educational publishing businesses to substantial revenue growth and profitability. He co-founded and was CEO of the Princeton Review in Japan, and has worked since in senior business development and publishing roles at Scholastic, Kids Discover, Triumph Learning, Troll Communications, and MetaMetrics.
Arti joined APDS in 2013 to direct the company’s sales and marketing activities. She is a business development expert with over 20 years of experience creating and selling marketing opportunities for such brands as The New York Times, Time Warner, the American Museum of Natural History, and The Princeton Review; and managing large-company relationships for the Partnership for New York City. Drawn by the opportunity to help change lives for the better, her role has been to listen to the needs of corrections professionals, and provide them with customized technology solutions. Arti has an MBA from Northwestern/Kellogg and a B.A. from Kenyon College.
Joe joined APDS in January 2014 after a career of more than 30 years in all facets of Corrections. A retired Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Correction (WCDOC) in New York State, he is widely recognized for his innovative and successful approach to reducing jail operating cost, while also implementing the highest national standards, new advanced technological initiatives, and developing inmate reentry programs. Throughout his career, Joe helped to create a variety of programs and services aimed at reducing inmate recidivism and centered on academics, life skills, substance abuse, vocational training, and violence reduction. He draws from this experience to help APDS devise implementation and officer training strategies that encourage strong, collaborative relationships with our customers.
Peter first became involved with APDS as a key investor and advisor in 2013. He recently joined the APDS team to manage investor relations and corporate strategy. With more than two decades experience as a private equity investment professional, Peter brings to APDS a diverse background in financial management and growth capital, having personally invested in dozens of companies across a wide range of industries and economic cycles in both North America and Europe. Peter has served as a director and occasional Chairman and interim Chief Executive for over a dozen private and public companies. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Dartmouth Business School.
Erick came to APDS in September 2013 to lead the Boston office, overseeing product development and advancing physical and digital platform security. Erick is responsible for guiding product direction to align with the APDS mission. He also manages key relationships with product-focused partners. Erick comes to his role at APDS from a multidisciplinary background, including product management, deploying custom, cost-effective technology platforms, and building and directing an AmeriCorps organization in Boston. Erick holds a B.A. from Brown University.
Jesse came to APDS in June 2015 with a wide range of experience in educational policy and practice. As a teacher in New York City’s public schools, he held a variety of leadership roles focused on improving outcomes for special student populations. Jesse has also done consulting work for organizations such as Citizen Schools and Boston Public Schools. Jesse has an M.S. in Special Education from Brooklyn College, and an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dylan came to APDS in May 2014 to oversee the launch of the very first pilot deployments into secure facilities. Today, he works to optimize and scale the implementation process, serving APDS clients nationwide. Prior to joining the team, Dylan worked for 5-years in program design and operations for the United Nations and other development programs in post-conflict areas of Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Dylan holds a B.A. Spanish and Portuguese from Princeton University.
Terry joined APDS in March 2016 to manage partner relationships with Verizon and CDWG. Terry spent the last 21 years with Verizon Wireless in various positions, serving most recently as Vertical Account Manager for state and local government. In addition, Terry spent 6 years as Associate Director of Government Sales in the Washington DC and Baltimore Markets, and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Kevin came to APDS in July 2014 to manage the companies’ external web services. Previously, Kevin worked as a Product Manager, Quality Assurance Tester and a training and support technician for other ed-tech and social work start-ups in the greater New York City area. In addition, he has been a teaching assistant at General Assembly for their front-end web development classes. Kevin has a B.A. in English from Binghamton University and a Certificate in Web Development from General Assembly.
Lynette Gonzalez came to APDS in February 2016 after completing her degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a B.S. in Criminology and a minor in Dispute Resolution. She interned at Women in the Public Sector at John Jay College and Bronx Community Solutions at the Bronx Community Court House. Lynette is enthusiastic about using her skill set to create real change amongst the communities served by APDS.
Melanie joined APDS in April, 2016 as an Office Manager, helping to build and maintain efficient organizational structure. She has a global background in Project Management, and Film and Event Production. Prior to joining the team, Melanie lived in Germany for 13 years, becoming fluent in the language while working as a Script Supervisor and Assistant Director. She has a degree in Psychology and French Literature from Hunter College.
Camille joined APDS in April 2016 to help the company share its message of changing corrections for good on social media. She comes to her role at APDS from more than five years in online journalism and new media. Camille holds a B.A. in Communications from Elon University.
Jenna joined the marketing team at APDS in March 2016. She spent the previous three years working in nonprofit and international development as a media and marketing coordinator, grant writer, and all around fundraising guru. Jenna is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. An active student leader and current community organizer, she hopes her diversity of experience and interests bring new dimension to APDS’ innovative solutions to inmate education and rehabilitation.
Rebecca joined APDS in November 2016 to serve as Creative Director, producing images and video of the APDS product. Prior to joining the team, she worked for more than five years as a freelance videographer, producer, director and film editor for various companies and organizations in the social justice field. Most recently, Rebecca was a technical director and video editor for the progressive online weekly interview series, The Laura Flanders Show. She holds a BFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and a MA in Media and Documentary Studies from The New School.
Shomari joined APDS as an intern in June of 2016 before being brought on as a longterm employee. He has spent time in a variety of positions spanning several fields including marketing, criminal justice, and technology. Shomari is a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and will graduate in 2019 with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Information Security. He hopes to be an asset to the team and a positive influence on the world as he grows with APDS.
Nancy Umana-Melendez joined APDS as a Junior Support Associate in September of 2016, after interning for the NYC Department of Correction. She has also interned for U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Nancy is a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and will graduate in May 2017 with Bachelors in Criminology and a minor in Psychology. She hopes to be an asset to the team and a positive influence in corrections.
Stephanie joined APDS in November 2016 as a Junior Support Associate to aide with support requests and on-site assistance. She is a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, graduating in May 2017 with a B.S. in Criminology and minors in both Sociology and Gender Studies. With her acquired skills in Criminology and Criminal Justice research, along with her managerial background in retail, she hopes to become part of a positive change in corrections and criminal justice.
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