ERIC Number: ED386805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
How To Establish an Alternative School.
Based on the assertion that punitive programs for at-risk students are ineffective, this book describes in detail how to start an effective alternative program to redirect the lives of at-risk youth. Following the preface, chapter 1 presents a historical background and an overview of alternative education. The second chapter describes strategies for dealing with political opposition. Chapters 3 and 4 present 10 key characteristics of effective alternative programs and 10 alternative-education models. The fifth chapter explains the steps involved in setting up an alternative program--planning, judging the composition of the population to be served, selecting students, garnering district support and resources, locating a site, choosing staff, and developing a curriculum. A framework for curriculum development is outlined in chapter 6, which explores the role of technology and curriculum options such as crisis intervention, substance-abuse prevention programs, internships, and peer mediation. The seventh chapter describes the administration and organization of alternative schools, with a focus on programs located on college campuses, in shopping malls, and schools without walls. Chapters 8-10 offer strategies for empowering teachers, involving students, and evaluating the program. An index, list of written resources, and three tables are included. (Contains 54 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Nontraditional Education, Potential Dropouts, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Administration, Special Needs Students
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 (paperback: ISBN-0-8039-6258-4, $18.95; clothbound: ISBN-0-8039-6257-6).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A