ERIC Number: ED368895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Education and Welfare Reform: The Story of a Second Chance School. Fastback 355.
Hamilton Terrace in Shreveport, Louisiana, began as the Caddo P.M. School, which was established to provide high school dropouts an opportunity to return to school to complete their diploma requirements. Unlike other evening programs, the P.M. School allowed students to earn real diplomas. It was selected as the best vehicle for providing the kinds of educational services appropriate to the needs of welfare recipients. Hamilton Terrace achieved considerable success in collaboration. It worked with the Office of Family Support and other agencies to provide additional services for students in return for a variety of considerations. Three concerns had to be dealt with if the school were to perform its assigned task adequately--staffing, curriculum, and resources. Each presented a unique set of problems. The following characteristics were sought in staff: a commitment to the welfare of the students and the school's goal of empowering them to turn around their lives; commitment to change; flexibility; and a clearly felt compassion for the population served. These values began to crystallize: a belief in the unlimited potential of every student; rejection of the practice of labeling students; public assistance as a bridge to a better future; a belief in lifelong learning; and belief in the success of all students. Problems with the students were sporadic attendance and lack of child care, personal motivation, and academic skills. Most of the direction for professional growth was from the Thoughtful Education movement. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Coordination, Dropouts, Economically Disadvantaged, High Schools, Personnel Selection, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Recruitment, Reentry Students, Student Evaluation, Values, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers: Hamilton Terrace Learning Center LA