Teaching with Inside Literature offers our instructors valuable pedagogical training, as well as first-hand knowledge of the importance of education in a social justice setting thereby expanding the horizons these professional educators might pursue and the issues they will tackle over the course of their careers. It helps to develop their own ties to their community as well as promoting the importance of using their education and knowledge to engage in their community. Inside Literature stresses educators’ responsibility to the community by putting the ‘human’ back in humanities and making the study of literature available to wider audiences.

Your Responsibilities

  • Read the IL Handbook

  • Submit all required forms to the TCSO

  • Sign and submit Volunteer Contract & Code of Conduct to IL

  • Attend mandatory TCCC orientation

  • Attend mandatory IL orientation

  • Meet with co-instructor to plan the class & construct syllabus for review

  • Send your preferred schedule for your course to IL program coordinator

  • Complete course observation prior to teaching your first class

  • Provide accompanying discussion materials such as supplementary readings, vocabulary lists, reading questions, & other handouts (terms, further information, context, timeline, etc)

Your Course Content

  • 3-6 week syllabus

  • Focus is primarily critical reading & discussion of text

  • Optional writing assignments to which the instructor gives written feedback

  • Mandatory vocabulary lists must be handed out each class

  • 1 main text per course or several shorter texts

  • Mandatory discussion questions must be handed out each class

Your Classroom Setting

  • The Travis County Correctional Complex is a pre-trial facility

  • Average length of stay is 3 months, enrollments are subject to change in each course as some students are unable to finish a course for various reasons.  

  • The age of your students will range, we only require reading comprehension

  • The maximum enrollment for any course in Programs is 30, this number may go down as students are sometimes transferred, released, etc.

  • The maximum enrollment for any course in a Maximum security block is 15, this number may go down as well

  • TVs equipped with DVD players are available for showing media in class

  • 1-3 days a week

  • 60-90 minute classes

  • Minimum/Medium Security classes are generally held in the programs building which is open M-F 8:30-3:30

  • Maximum security classes are held in the blocks

  • Weekend and PM classes are possible

  • Classes are co-taught and may also have additional support from an Assistant Instructor

Your Class Schedule


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