December 30, 2005

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. TBA
-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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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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September 14, 2005

National Charter Schools Conference

Online registration for the 2006 National Charter Schools NAPCS.jpg Conference has begun. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is hosting the conference in Sacramento, California from February 28 to March 3, 2006. The event will be held in partnership with the 13th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, hosted by the California Charter Schools Association. Participants can save 15% by registering between now and October 31. All early bird registrants will be entered into a drawing to receive one complimentary registration and three complimentary hotel nights. Virtual attendance will be available for sessions and chats with speakers. Access the conference website to register and to make hotel reservations. For general conference information, email conference@charterassociation.org or call 213-244-1446 x.201.

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May 22, 2005

A Spectrum of Alternatives Conference

The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) will hold its conference, A Spectrum of Alternatives, June 22-26, 2005 at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. The five day schedule includes workshop sessions and keynoters including Jerry Mintz, Ann Cook, John Taylor Gatto, Alfie Kohn, Matt Hern and Tim Seldin. Registration is $200 for the 5 days. Food is $112.50. One can register by the day for partial attendance.
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April 12, 2005

IALA Conference

The International Association for Learning Alternatives held its 34th annual conference April 6-8, 2005 in Waterloo in conjunction with the Iowa Association of Alternative Education. Everyone enjoyed a well-planned and stimulating conference. Keynoters were Gary Phillips and Ann White. Both were awesome and inspiring. A wide variety of breakout sessions featured practical, experiential, charter schools, powerful instructional strategies, differentiating learning, NCLB issues, STARS youth organization and many others. Tom Keating, Minnesota teacher of the year presented which was interesting as he was the first such from an alternative school.

Next year's conference will be June 29-July1, 2006 in beautiful Ocean Shores, Washington. Save the date. Watch for information.


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AERO Conference

A Spectrum of Alternatives conference by the Alternative Education Resource Organization will be June 22-26, 2005 at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. Speakers include: John Taylor Gatto, Alfie Kohn, Ann Cook, Matt Hern, Tim Seldin and Jerry Mintz. Conference schedules, registration, speakers, etc. are on the conference web page. Aero.gif

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International Democratic Education Conference

Member John Loflin attended the IDEC conference last December (2004) in India. His report shows the great interest in alternative schools throughout the world. The next annual IDEC conference will be in Berlin, July 30-August 7, 2005 . The Education Revolution site managed by Jerry Mintz has valuable information about democratic schools including lists and links by country. There are many in the U.S.

Democratic schools generally are small private community based schools where all stakeholders have a voice in decisions. For an example of a public democratic school see the Village School of Northfield.


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January 16, 2005

International Democratic Education Conference

The 10 day 12th International Democratic Education Conference was recently held in Bhubaneshwar, India with a view to strengthen a global movement that aims to make both teacher and child participants in the process of learning through democratic ideals. Around 400 delegates, including students and adults form 19 nations, attended. The theme was Shanti (peace) in Education. Various workshops about free schools, alternative schools of choice, and democratic schools were held. There was a special effort to bring awareness of the learning alternatives provided by schools and groups working with poor children in marginalized communities in Asia, Africa, and South America. See http://www.idec2005.com/ for next year's event.

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May 13, 2004

Education Activists Conference

The National Coalition of Education Activists will hold its 15th annual conference July 29-August 1, 2004 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The NCEA describes itself as a "multiracial network of education activists working for equity and social justice in our schools." The keynote speaker is Vincent Harding. Workshop topics include: student rights, small schools, challenging No Child Left behind, social justice, and many other topics.


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May 04, 2004

Radical Innovation in Education

The International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) will hold its annual conference in Barcelona, January 2-5, 2005 entitled Breaking Boundaries: Radical Innovation in Education. The purpose of ICSEI is to provide a forum for researchers, policy makers, school leaders and teachers, district administrators, and professional developers to share ideas, to promote research, and to encourage practices that will enhance the quality and equity of education for all students.


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March 25, 2004

IALA Annual Conference

The International Association for Learning Alternatives will hold its annual conference in conjunction with the Michigan Alternative Education Association conference April 28-May1, 2004 at Crystal Mountain resort, Thompsonville, MI near Traverse City, MI. Ask for the Michigan Alternative Education Association rate of $90 per night. The Traverse City airport, Cherry Capital, is served by American, Northwest, United and Skyway airlines. The conference will begin Wednesday, April 28 with a 7:00 p.m. reception and end on Saturday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m.

This is a departure from the summertime for the annual conference. Mark your calendars. A brochure on the conference, and forms for registration and lodging are now available on our conference page.


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March 08, 2004

Charter School Conferences and Information

Charter schools represent one of the fastest-growing alternatives in education. Numerous conferences are being held. For example, Wisconsin: March 28 - 30 (Sunday afternoon thru Tuesday) Milwaukee and the 5th national conference in Miami, June 16-18. The best source of information is supported by the US Department of Education sponsored web site where you can learn of the state organizations and their activities plus much other vital information.

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February 04, 2004

National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools

The NCACS is a non-profit supporting alternative educational approaches and exchanges among its members, who are mostly small community-centered nonpublic schools. Its next national conference will be at The Farm, an alternative school in Summertown, Tennessee, May 6-9, 2004.

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January 31, 2004

National Charter Schools Conference

The U. S. Dept. of Education will sponsor the 4th National Charter Schools Conference in Miami Beach, FL, June 16-18 at the Fountainebleau Hilton Hotel. The conference page provides registration and other information.

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October 10, 2003

National Charter Schools Conference

The 5th national charter schools conference will be in Miami, June 16-18, 2004 at the Fontainebleau Hilton sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Check the site. Questions can be directed to Dean Kern, dean.kern@ed.gov. Information on previous conferences is also available.


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August 26, 2003

Convention Presentations

The IALA conference at Valley Forge, PA had many fine presentations. Three of these are available under the Alternatives button:
1. The keynote address by Don Glines: Educational Alternatives For Everyone---All The Time---A Discourse On Democratic Education Through Learning Alternatives.
2. Motivating Unmotivated Students Through Learning Alternatives by Don Glines.
3. A Plea For Comprehensive Educational Alternatives by Don Glines.

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August 25, 2003

Great Links to Alternative Education

The Iowa Association of Alternative Education has a fine web site and loads of links to other sources of info on alternatives, articles, and books.

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Texas Association

The newest state organization, The Texas Association for Alternative Education will hold their conference Feb. 19-21, 2004 in Austin.

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July 12, 2003

National Conference on Alternatives

Tenth Joint National Conference on Alternatives to
Expulsion, Suspension, and Dropping Out of School will be held January 15-17, 2004 in the Orlando area. People considering presentations may complete a form. The conference is co-sponsored by the National Alternative Education Association headquarted at George Washington University.
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July 07, 2003

33rd Conference Report

The 33rd annual International Association for Learning Alternatives conference was a huge success with over 550 people attending over the 3 day period at the Radisson Conference Center in King of Prussia, PA June 26-29, 2003. Major speakers included Don Glines who urged action to make alternatives available to all students, Erin Gruwell with a former student on the importance of individualizing, Rick Miller, and John Taylor Gatto. Over 100 other presenters and panelists gave sessions. Next year's conference will be at Crystal Mountain in Michigan in late April.

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April 12, 2003

Michigan Conference

The Michigan Alternative Education Organization will hold its spring conference April 30-May 2 at the Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Keynoters include Zacharie Clements and Don Tassie. Many breakout sessions including STARS, the student organization.

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April 11, 2003

International Democratic Education Conference


The conference will be held in the U.S. for the first time in its 11 year history, July 16-24, 2003 at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. The conference is hosted by the Albany Free School in association with AERO, the Alternative Education Resource Organization. Contact Dana Bennis for information at 518-928-1234 or dbennis@idec2003.com or visit Education Revolution.

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Pennsylvania Association for Learning Alternatives

Visit the new website for Pennsylvania Alternatives which gives their mission, newsletter, conferences, history and other interesting items.
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March 21, 2003

Connecticut Conference

The Connecticut Association for Alternative Schools and Programs will hold its 25th annual conference in New Britain, CT on March 28, 2003.
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New York State Conference

The New York State Alternative Education Conference, Destination Graduation: Practical Strategies for School Improvement will be May 12-14 in Albany, NY. There will be best practices, a state meeting, and numerous sessions.
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Iowa Conference

Iowa will hold its annual conference on alternative programs April 10-11, 2003 in Council Bluffs, IA. Speakers include Dr. Steve Sroka, Wayne Sakamoto, Dr. Ray Morley. There will be breakout sessions and exhibitor booths.
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Minnesota Conference

The Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP) held its annual conference Feb. 19-21, 2003 in Rochester, MN. 825 people attended. The keynote speaker was Deborah Meier, former principal of Central Park East schools in New York City and now co-principal of Mission Hill School in Boston and author of several books. 75 breakout sessions featured such topics as new forms of education, teaching methods, brain based learning, service learning, experiential learning, the MAAP student organization (STARS).
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March 19, 2003

California Conference

California CCEA logo.gifThe California Continuation Education Association website provides a wealth of information about schools, exemplary programs, handbooks and annual conferences among other information.

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California Conference

California CCEA logo.gifThe California Continuation Education Association website provides a wealth of information about schools, exemplary programs, handbooks and annual conferences among other information.

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