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July 12, 2006

Alternative Education: VERY USEFUL REPORT

Elaine S. Packard chaired the Alternative Education Committee established by the Seattle School Board with the charge to write an operational definition of alternative education and to make policy recommendations. A Seattle Schools.gif
representative committee of 15 members met 13 times with rules to agree unanimously on every sentence in preparing their July, 2005 report. A larger group was kept informed and could supply input. An excellent bibliography is provided.

The 25 page report contains, among other items, The 12 Key Elements of the Best Practices of Alternative Education (many with specific indicators) as follows:
1. Informed Choice
2. Open to All
3. Continuousness
4. Shared Decision Making
5. Alternative Assessment
6. Deeply Caring and Respectful School Culture That Creates Community
7. Individualizing Curriculum and Differentiating Instruction
8. There Are Many Ways to Learn
9. Caring and Demanding Teachers
10. Alternative Scheduling and Attendance Policies
11. Small
12. Clear Mission and Objectives

Posted by Wayne Jennings at July 12, 2006 01:56 PM


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