ERIC Number: ED431242
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Alternatives: The Opportunity of a Lifetime. A Handbook for Developing Alternative Learning Options To Help All Oregon Students Achieve the Standards.
Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.
This publication describes alternative teaching and learning strategies that challenge all students to reach high standards. Five alternative options are emphasized: (1) rigorous use of diagnostic systems to identify problem areas and student strengths; (2) staffing flexibility to facilitate better student-instructor relationships; (3) identification of effective new strategies for the classroom, using different techniques to meet different learner needs; (4) adoption of tested model programs; and (5) collaboration with and expansion of off-site alternative environments. The information in this handbook was gathered from education literature on Oregon and from 11 Oregon school districts that were selected as Alternative Learning Options sites. The manual opens with an overview of the new urgency for creating alternative learning options. It outlines the legislative initiatives prompted by the desire to raise educational standards and provides details on how to diagnose a district's condition. The guide outlines ways to reach all students by discussing strategies at the classroom level and by offering examples of programs that work. Information on model programs includes the grade levels and subjects that are covered, a general description of the program, implementation strategies, costs, special considerations, nearby programs of similar nature, and contact information. The manual also offers ideas on the proper placement of students and provides a list of resources for further information. (Contains approximately 80 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Design, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Improvement, Models, Nontraditional Education, State Standards
Oregon Department of Education, 255 Capitol Street N.E., Salem, OR 97310-0203; Tel: 503-378-3573.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon