As of 2018, we have hosted 52 trainings, which have prepared 827 educators worldwide to facilitate Inside-Out and other community-based learning courses.

The Instructor Training Institute is a comprehensive seven-day, 60+ hour intensive training program that covers everything necessary to develop a course in the Inside-Out model, including:

Three of the training days will take place inside of a prison. Participants will learn through observation, hands-on experience, and engagement with groups of incarcerated individuals who have years of experience in the Inside-Out methodology. Click here to listen to training facilitator Ella Turenne discuss what to expect during a typical training week.

Have Questions?
Scroll down to our FAQ section for answers to many of your questions. If you have other questions, please contact

The 2018 Inside-Out Instructor Training Institute Dates and Application Deadlines:

Dates for 2019 trainings will be released soon. Start now to secure funding for next year. See funding tips button below.

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Training Institute FAQs

Q: What is the first step I should take when I consider applying?
A: Determine how you will secure funding. Although a few participants will be self-pay, the majority of training participants work with their institutions/organizations to acquire funding. In some situations, this can take up to a year or more. Please make plans far in advance. Click here for a PDF document with suggestions for how to raise money for the training.

Q: What does the application process require?
A: 1. Complete the online application (see link above) 2. Pay the application fee. Instructions are provided on the application page. 3. Schedule and complete a 45-minute interview and introductory phone call with the executive director Lori Pompa.

Q: If I complete the three-step application process (as outlined above), is my acceptance guaranteed?
A: Final decision for acceptance into a training is made by executive director Lori Pompa. Also, there is limited space for each training group.

Q: When will I find out if I am accepted?
A: The final decision for acceptance into the training is made by Lori Pompa and you will be informed via email by Eilene Frierson.

Q: Is it possible to commute to the training?
A: Yes, but it is not recommended. Most training days are long with both early morning and evening activities. There are also group projects that require meetings outside of the formal schedule. Commuting can add a significant burden to an already demanding week.

Q: Where does the training actually take place?
A: Most of the training takes place at the conference site, which is hyperlinked above in the training date/location section. Three of the days will require travel to a designated prison site.

Q: Will I be allowed to enter the prison?
A: All participants must be approved through a clearance process determined by each correctional facility. In some situations, this process can take six weeks or longer. The appropriate clearance form(s) and the instructions for completing and returning the form(s) will be sent to you by Eilene Frierson once you have been accepted into a training.

Q: I am not a higher education instructor. Can I still benefit from the training?
A: Yes. The Inside-Out Training Institutes are open to anyone. However, be advised that much of the content of the training is geared toward higher education instructors who wish to teach Inside-Out courses. The Inside-Out curriculum may be modified for other professional settings.

Q: How can I pay for the training?
A: It is possible to pay with credit cards, checks, or money orders. Payment options will be included on the application page. After you have been accepted, you will receive an invoice issued in your name. If you have specific requirements for how the invoice should be worded, or any other questions, please contact To avoid multiple changes to your invoice, if you need the name on your invoice made out to your college/university, or if the fees have to be split for reimbursement purposes, please contact

Q: When are payments due?
A: Your application fee must be paid prior to scheduling your interview. Tuition, lodging, and commuter fees are expected to be paid in full prior to attending the training. If that is not possible, participants will be required to pay all fees no more than 30 days after attending a training. If this does not address your situation, please contact

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Inside-Out higher education partners
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“The amount of practical information that I have gained is overwhelming, but that is not the most valuable thing. Over the course of this week, particularly when we visited Graterford, I rediscovered a part of me that I haven’t seen in 25 years or so. I’m surprised at the emotional turmoil it has generated. But I also feel like I have found a community that I did not know existed. It is a gift to be surrounded by people who understand what I am saying when I talk about prisons…people that I don’t have to explain everything to. And the training has stirred up an intellectual excitement that I have not felt in years.”
(Instructor Reflection on Training)