Alternative Schools: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary Education Issues)

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In Alternative Schools: A Reference Handbook, educator Brenda Edgerton Conley surveys the emerging alternatives to our conventional educational system—a system that is not only costly, but ineffective for many children.

In a resource aimed at a broad audience—school administrators, politicians, and, most important, parents—Conley offers both a historical and a present-day perspective on alternative educational programs. What sets the alternative education movement apart, she ...

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Overview

In Alternative Schools: A Reference Handbook, educator Brenda Edgerton Conley surveys the emerging alternatives to our conventional educational system—a system that is not only costly, but ineffective for many children.

In a resource aimed at a broad audience—school administrators, politicians, and, most important, parents—Conley offers both a historical and a present-day perspective on alternative educational programs. What sets the alternative education movement apart, she argues, is its acknowledgment that we all learn differently. That knowledge has given rise to an explosion of exciting alternatives—from open schools to home schooling, from charter schools to church schools. These alternative schools are smaller and less bureaucratic, more responsive to the community, and more receptive to change.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[P]rovides educators with the history, purpose and impact of alternative education in the U.S. . . . The book can be used as a resource for ways to support school improvement."

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District Administration

"[I]n this comprehensive and well-written addition to the series, the author presents brief descriptions of 20 currently available alternative learning options, such as school without walls, charter schools, and magnet schools. In addition, summaries of numerous model or innovative alternative curricular methods and programs are provided, along with directories of alternative programs currently in operation in public, private, and independent schools in the United States . . . will be a tremendously useful resource for teachers, parents, teacher educators, administrators, and students of education. It is highly recommended for both academic and public libraries."

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American Reference Books Annual

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576074404
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/22/2002
  • Series: Contemporary Education Issues Series
  • Pages: 290
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Chronology 21
Ch. 3 Who's Who in Alternative Education 31
Ch. 4 Alternative Learning Options 43
After-School Programs 43
Alternative Schools 44
Blue Ribbon Schools 44
Charter Schools 44
Design-Based Schools 45
Elementary School Model 46
General Educational Development Certificate 46
Home Schooling 47
Interdisciplinary Teaching 49
Middle School Model 49
Privately Managed Public Schools 50
Programs for At-Risk Students 50
Proprietary Schools 51
Real Context for Learning 51
School Choice 51
School-Within-a-School 53
School Without Walls 54
Schools Organized Around a Single Unifying Theme (Magnet Schools) 54
Virtual Schools 56
Vouchers 56
Ch. 5 Curriculum Methods, Innovations, and Alternative Curricular Programs 61
Alternative Learning Environments 62
Curriculum Methods and Innovations 64
Open or Informal Education 66
Alternative Curricular Programs 67
Ch. 6 Public Alternative Schools and Alternative School Programs 99
Ch. 7 Private and Independent School Options 115
Ch. 8 Organizing and Administering Alternative Schools and Programs 127
Identifying the Challenge 132
Defining the Challenge 133
Exploring Alternatives 137
Acting on the Plan 141
App. A Design Principles for an Effective Alternative Program 144
App. B Program Planning Process 145
App. C Initial Planning Process 146
App. D Strategic Plan Outline 147
App. E Common Definitions for Developing the Strategic Plan 148
App. F Interview Schedule for a Study of Contemporary Alternative Schools 150
App. G Some Questions You Might Ask of Alternative Education Providers 154
App. H Mission Statements 155
App. I Evaluating a Mission/Vision Statement 161
App. J Affinity Diagram 162
App. K Brainstorming 163
App. L Stages of Concern According to the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM) 165
Ch. 9 Evaluating Alternative Schools and Programs 169
Focusing the Evaluation 170
Collecting Information 171
Organizing and Analyzing Information 171
Reporting Information 171
Administering the Evaluation 172
App. M Evaluation Information Collection and Analysis Worksheet 173
Ch. 10 The Future of Public Alternative Education 175
App. N Statement of Principles of the Steering Committee of the Network of Progressive Educators, Drafted on November 10, 1990 179
Ch. 11 Directory of Organizations, Associations, and Government Agencies Associated with Alternative Schools, Alternative Programs, and Alternative Education 181
Ch. 12 Selected Print and Nonprint Resources
Major Educational Reform Reports (Listed by Date) 229
Reference Publications 230
Bookstores, Publishing Companies, and Networks 232
Recommended Reading List 242
Glossary 245
Index 257
About the Author 274
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