ERIC Number: ED429402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Alternative Schools. Quick Turn Around (QTA).
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
This document summarizes the key issues discussed at a "Listening Session" on the topic of alternative schools, held on December 8, 1998. The session was convened at the request of the Secretary of Education, Richard Riley, and included practitioners, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and teacher trainers from across the country who have had significant experience in the area of alternative schools and programs. Key issues included: (1) the importance of comprehensive efforts to prevent students from dropping out of school or behaving in a way that gets them kicked out; (2) the need for a continuum of alternative intervention ranging from close monitoring of a student's attendance to placement in a separate school designed to accommodate students whose behavior interferes with having a successful experience in school; and (3) the need for effective alternative intervention programs and for schools to employ qualified and caring staff who have specialized education and experience in the areas of preventive strategies and managing challenging behaviors, appropriate academic credentials, and a desire to work with the students in these settings. Barriers and challenges to effective alternative programs and schools are discussed, along with indicators of effectiveness. The document closes with a list of recommendations for federal support. (CR)
Descriptors: Behavior Disorders, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Government Role, Nontraditional Education, Prevention, Special Schools, Student Placement, Teacher Qualifications, Violence
Tel: 703-519-3800; Tel: 703-519-7008 (TDD) (available in alternative formats).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Produced by Project FORUM at NASDSE.