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Alternative schools : a reference handbook
Conley, Brenda Edgerton.
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2002]

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xiii, 274 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- Chronology -- Who's who in alternative education -- Alternative learning options -- Curriculum methods, innovations, and alternative curricular programs -- Public alternative schools and alternative school programs -- Private and independent school options -- Organizing and administering alternative schools and programs -- Evaluating alternative schools and programs -- The future of public alternative education -- Directory of organizations, associations, and government agencies associated with alternative schools, alternative programs, and alternative education.

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LC46.4 .C66 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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An examination of the growth and development of alternative schools in American society and their role in the public school environment.

* Describes the latest learning options, from blue-ribbon schools to virtual schools

* Offers a detailed blueprint for organizing and administering alternative schools

Author Notes

Brenda Edgerton Conley is chair of teacher education programs and assistant professor in the graduate school at the University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD.

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Three new titles in the publisher's Contemporary Education Issues series, offering overviews, chronologies, glossaries, and resource lists.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Prefacep. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Referencesp. 17
Chapter 2 Chronologyp. 21
Referencesp. 30
Chapter 3 Who's Who in Alternative Educationp. 31
Referencesp. 41
Chapter 4 Alternative Learning Optionsp. 43
After-School Programsp. 43
Alternative Schoolsp. 44
Blue Ribbon Schoolsp. 44
Charter Schoolsp. 44
Design-Based Schoolsp. 45
Elementary School Modelp. 46
General Educational Development Certificatep. 46
Home Schoolingp. 47
Interdisciplinary Teachingp. 49
Middle School Modelp. 49
Privately Managed Public Schoolsp. 50
Programs for At-Risk Studentsp. 50
Proprietary Schoolsp. 51
Real Context for Learningp. 51
School Choicep. 51
Public Schools Versus Private Schoolsp. 52
Types of School Choicep. 52
School-Within-a-Schoolp. 53
School Without Wallsp. 54
Schools Organized Around a Single Unifying Theme (Magnet Schools)p. 54
Virtual Schoolsp. 56
Vouchersp. 56
Referencesp. 58
Chapter 5 Curriculum Methods, Innovations, and Alternative Curricular Programsp. 61
Alternative Learning Environmentsp. 62
Changes in the Classroom Environmentp. 62
Scheduling Optionsp. 62
Extended Learning Timep. 63
Curriculum Methods and Innovationsp. 64
Accelerated Learning Techniquesp. 64
Active Learningp. 64
Authentic Assessmentp. 64
Career Educationp. 64
Character Education and Conflict Resolutionp. 65
Consumer Educationp. 65
Critical Thinking/Effective Questioningp. 65
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Educationp. 65
Environmental Educationp. 66
Ethnic and Multicultural Educationp. 66
Muti-Age Groupingp. 66
Open or Informal Educationp. 66
School/Family Partnershipsp. 67
Sex Educationp. 67
Alternative Curricular Programsp. 67
Multiple Subject Areasp. 67
Reading/Language Artsp. 85
Mathematicsp. 88
Sciencep. 92
Referencesp. 95
Chapter 6 Public Alternative Schools and Alternative School Programsp. 99
Referencesp. 114
Chapter 7 Private and Independent School Optionsp. 115
Referencesp. 126
Chapter 8 Organizing and Administering Alternative Schools and Programsp. 127
Identifying the Challengep. 132
Defining the Challengep. 133
Exploring Alternativesp. 137
Turning Ideas into Actionp. 139
Developing a Planp. 139
Acting on the Planp. 141
Referencesp. 142
Appendix A Design Principles for an Effective Alternative Programp. 144
Appendix B Program Planning Processp. 145
Appendix C Initial Planning Processp. 146
Appendix D Strategic Plan Outlinep. 147
Appendix E Common Definitions for Developing the Strategic Planp. 148
Appendix F Interview Schedule for a Study of Contemporary Alternative Schoolsp. 150
Appendix G Some Questions You Might Ask of Alternative Education Providersp. 154
Appendix H Mission Statementsp. 155
Appendix I Evaluating a Mission/Vision Statementp. 161
Appendix J Affinity Diagramp. 162
Appendix K Brainstormingp. 163
Appendix L Stages of Concern According to the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM)p. 165
Chapter 9 Evaluating Alternative Schools and Programsp. 169
Focusing the Evaluationp. 170
Collecting Informationp. 171
Organizing and Analyzing Informationp. 171
Reporting Informationp. 171
Administering the Evaluationp. 172
Referencesp. 172
Appendix M Evaluation Information Collection and Analysis Worksheetp. 173
Chapter 10 The Future of Public Alternative Educationp. 175
Referencesp. 178
Appendix N Statement of Principles of the Steering Committee of the Network of Progressive Educators, Drafted on November 10, 1990p. 179
Chapter 11 Directory of Organizations, Associations, and Government Agencies Associated with Alternative Schools, Alternative Programs, and Alternative Educationp. 181
Chapter 12 Selected Print and Nonprint Resourcesp. 229
Major Educational Reform Reports (Listed by Date)p. 229
Reference Publicationsp. 230
Bookstores, Publishing Companies, and Networksp. 232
Recommended Reading Listp. 242
Glossaryp. 245
Indexp. 257
About the Authorp. 274