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February 22, 2005

IALA 2005 Annual Conference

The 2005 annual International Association for Learning Alternatives conference (our 35th) will be in Waterloo, Iowa April 6-8 with a fine line up of keynoters and an outstanding mix of small group sessions as described in the conference brochure. You might consider making a presentation. If so, the website has information and a brief form to complete. Ignore the date as they will continue accepting presenter forms until early March. There will be area highlights and school visits. Lodging is $65 per night at the Ramada adjacent to the conference center. Other questions can be addressed to Rachelle Brown at Expo High School, 319-433-1930 or rachexpo@hotmail.com


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 09:55 PM

Youthbuild USA, An Exciting Alternative

Youthbuild USA works with low income youth in 200 communities. Young people growing up in poor neighborhoods desire skills to help them move forward in life. However, they are often discouraged by an education system that fails to recognize their intelligence, fails to help them overcome learning difficulties, and fails to make learning a meaningful and exciting part of their lives.

YouthBuild offers a dynamic educational alternative. Its personalized, self-paced educational program is a powerful blend of experiential and academic learning that frees students' innate intellectual and creative abilities. They soon see math and reading as practical skills needed to accomplish real tasks in their daily lives. Teachers work closely with each student to ensure that no one is overlooked. At the same time, YouthBuild's philosophy of peer-assisted learning builds trust and confidence among trainees. More on the program philosophy.

YouthBuild receives Congressional funding through several agencies and is partially self-supporting by its physical community building activities. This is a powerful and effective alternative!


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 09:32 PM

National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools

NCACS is a long-time "association of schools, groups and individuals committed to participant control, whereby students, parents and staff create and implement their own learning programs."

-Supports and strengthens alternative educational approaches.
-Facilitates communication and exchanges among members.
-Serves as an advocate for alternatives in education....

This is a grassroots organization dedicated to freedom and democracy in education and provides excellent resources on their website.
Their recent conference was held at The Farm, a school community in the hills of Tennessee. A listing of schools by state and nation gives those with websites and includes some very unusual schools in America and elsewhere.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 04:53 PM

February 16, 2005

Power Point on New Schools

Bryan Hassel's power point presentation at the U.S. Dept. of Education's conference series, Innovations in Education Exchange shows how fundamental changes in education is unlikely in conventional schools and will more likely result from new schools. Bryan of Public Impact is one of the most thoughtful and prolific commentators and researchers on today's scene, particularly with charter schools. He's also the author of the book, Picky Parent Guide.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 11:00 PM