Too Good to Be True: Mandatory Education Refresh in Ohio


Tuesday, January 24, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Session Type: Workshop

Many new officers must complete their mandatory pre-service education before taking cases. Imagine these officers completing the same education in half the time while reducing the days they spend away from the office. Imagine increasing class sizes but also increasing the individual attention each student gets from the faculty. Increasing student satisfaction and increasing the time they spend in role-plays and direct skills practice. Reducing costs dramatically but doubling the number of courses offered each year. Sounds too good to be true - but this is what has happened in Ohio. Come and see how we refreshed a tried-and-true curriculum during 2020. We will not only present data showing improvement in nearly every area you can measure but we will also give you a first-hand student experience during the session.


Kristopher Steele
Education Program Manager, Supreme Court of Ohio

J. KRISTOPHER STEELE, CCE has 28 years of experience working in the judicial branch, the last eighteen of which have been with the Supreme Court of Ohio. He is an Education Program Manager for the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College, where he has developed hundreds of live, online, and virtual continuing education programs for Ohio court personnel on topics ranging from Customer Service, Fundamental Skills for Clerks, Court Security, Implicit Bias, Probation Officer Essential Skills, Supervisor/Leadership skills, Evidence Based Practices and Trauma Informed Care. During his career, Mr. Steeleā€™s sole focus has been improving outcomes for offenders in the justice system through direct service as an intensive probation counselor and therapy group facilitator, as a court supervisor, program coordinator, course faculty and judicial branch educator. Mr. Steele also presents locally and nationally on a variety of topics. He has worked as a consultant/faculty for The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and The National Center for State Courts. He has won multiple state awards for his efforts to improve the judicial branch. In 2016 he received the Perkins Award from The National Association for Court Management (NACM) and in 2022 he received The Carmen Rodriguez Member of the Year Award by the American Probation and Parole Association.