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October 23, 2005

Earn College Credit while in High School

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A new report by the Community College Research Center, Pathways to College Access and Success describes several programs that help students earn college credits while still in high school. The programs range from the well know International Baccalaureate to dual enrollment, tech prep, middle college high schools and post secondary enrollment options. Some of the programs offer considerable advantages to low income students. Amazingly, some students graduate from high school on schedule but have simultaneously completed as much as two years of college at no personal financial expense, a fairly well-kept secret.

The report is part of a longer study, Accelerating Student Success Through Credit-Based Transition Programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

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October 04, 2005

Conference on At-Risk Students

The National Alternative Education Association will co-sponsor the Alternatives to Expulsion, Suspension and NAEA.jpg Dropping Out of School conference at Orlando, FL February 16-18-2006. This is the 12th annual conference. Registration form and other information is available. Also available are some 19 handouts from the 2005 conference.

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October 03, 2005

Korean Educational Alternatives Growing

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Dissatisfaction with conventional education has led to the creation of over 100 alternative schools in Korea. Even a Supreme Court justice and university professors are sending their children to alternative education sites. The Seoul Alternative Learning Community Network serves as a clearinghouse of information. The growth of alternatives appears tied to a backlash against the rigidity of the traditional system and the desire for an emphasis on creativity.

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October 01, 2005

International Alternative Education Symposium

Turkish alt ed.jpgPeople in Turkey are organizing the First International Alternative Education Symposium on November 26-27 in Istanbul. They don't have educational options and have become interested in seeing educational alternatives in Turkey having read translated works from Holt, Freire, Steiner and others. They wish to explore the thinking behind open schools, free schools, Montessori education, home schooling and others. You can explore participating for a nominal fee. Sessions will be conducted in both English and Turkish. Details for submitting papers and registration are online at the website in English.

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