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December 30, 2005

Magnet Schools

Magnet schools of Amer.jpg Magnet Schools of America provide a wealth of background, history, examples, research and rationale for thematic or magnet schools. For instance, there are 14 elementary and secondary schools under the International Studies group and 79 magnet schools under Fine and Performing Arts. Each of these have links for further info. Also, an article on a MI magnet school.

They list as rationale for magnet schools:
-that all students do not learn in the same ways;
-that if we take advantage of a studentís interest and aptitude, that student will do better in subjects unrelated to his/her reasons for choosing the school;
-that choice itself will result in improved satisfaction that translates into better achievement;
-that every child can learn and it is our job to offer enough options so that parents of all children (or students themselves) will have the opportunity to choose the programs best suited to them.

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State Alternative Conferences

Here are known dates and links for state alternative education conferences:
-California Continuation Ed. Assoc. April 28-30, 2006, Los Angeles Conferences.jpg
-Connecticut State Alt. Ed. March 22, 2006
-Iowa Assoc. of Alt. Ed. March 31-April 4, 2006, Des Moines
-Michigan Alt. Ed. Organization April 27-29, 2006, Bay City
-Minn. Assoc. for Alt. Programs, Feb. 22-24, 2006, Duluth
-Missouri Assoc. for Alt. Ed. TBA
-New York State Alt. Ed. Assoc. May7-8, 2006, Binghamton, NY
-Pennsylvania Assoc. for Learning Alternatives, March 29-31, 2006, Lancaster
-Texas Assoc. for Alt. Ed., Feb. 2-4, 2006 San Antonio
-Virginia Alt. Educators Assoc. March 27-28, 2006, Roanoke
-Wash. Assoc. for Learning Alt. March 9-11, 2006, Ocean Shores

Note: several other states held fall conferences.

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December 05, 2005

The Education Innovator

USDE enlarged logo.jpgThe Education Innovator, a publication of the U.S. Office of Education, presents news of educational reform, change, and department activities. Almost every issue features a tradition-breaking school in some detail. Policy, arts education, technology, private schools, charter schools, innovative programs, funding opportunities and the like arrive in an attractive weekly email. This useful source with access to much other information can be subscribed to at no cost.

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Small District with 13 School Choices

The Appleton, WI school district sponsors 13 charter schools (9 operating and 4 in planning) so that students have choices to meet their diverse interests and learning needs. The charter schools remain part of the district under Wisconsin law but it is unusual for a district to willingly offer so many choices that compete for students with its 25 traditional schools. The charter schools range from highly structured approaches to progressive practices and thematic programs. Appleton Schs.gif

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