December 06, 2005

IALA 2006 Annual Conference

The International Association for Learning Alternatives will hold its annual conference at Ocean Shores, Shilo Inn.jpg Washington June 29, July 1, 2006. The conference host is the Washington Association for Learning Alternatives with the theme, Education for Everyone, emphasizes many types of alternatives to meet different learning needs and differing philosophies of education: magnet school, charter schools, homeschooling, democratic schools, virtual schools, Montessori, and more. You might want to make this a summer vacation trip with your family.

Conferees will enjoy the Shilo Inn conference site on the Pacific Ocean with a variety of family activities. Ocean Shores is a 6,000 acre peninsula at the mouth of Grays Harbor, the only deep water port on the Pacific coast north of San Francisco. Ocean Shores was originally developed in 1960, and is one of Washington’s most popular resort destinations. In Ocean Shores, you’ll find 6 miles of sandy beaches which extend north of town 15 miles to Moclips. The city also features 23 miles of interconnecting lakes and canals, and 12 miles of scenic bayside. Ocean Shores is about a two hour drive from Seattle.

Consider doing a session at the conference by completing the Call for Presenters form. Additional conference information and registration information will be posted soon on the IALA website.

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May 31, 2005

New Search Feature

We have changed our blogs so that you can now search by a topic.
Searchlight.jpgFor example, you can find earlier blogs on a subject, say, virtual schools by either typing in "virtual" in the "Search this site" box or by clicking on the term "virtual schools" under "Blog Categories."
Immediately, the computer will find all previous blogs with their links to websites.
Try it! You will love this feature. It gives you access to much formerly published material that you would have otherwise had to search month by month for--a daunting task over the past 26 months and 150 items.

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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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January 16, 2005

Excellent book, Educational Alternatives for Everyone

Don Glines' excellent book, Educational Alternatives for Everyone: A Handbook for Educators, Families and Politicians is for sale at our online store. An unparalleled and extraordinary resource book on learning alternatives by the foremost advocate for alternatives. It presents the reasons why choices of a variety of learning environments are essential for the future of society, offers concrete descriptions of various practical programs, defines the potential outcomes and methods of assessment, provides an extensive bibliography and cites fifty relevant quotes by child-centered leaders. 410 pages, 2002. Price $35, Members $30.Buy it now to obtain the greatest resource on educational alternatives. It's many books of information in one volume.


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December 29, 2004

Live IALA Discussion

A listserv discussion of IALA issues is available and open to all who wish to participate. Currently, there is a discussion about IALA itself and its history and viability. The advantages of a listserv is that it's interactive and people can respond to each other or post any item thought to be of interest to others on the listserv. The best listserv are timely, relevant and focused. The IALA listserv is open to all. Check it out.


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June 16, 2004

Alternatives for At-Risk Students

Many existing alternative schools serve at-risk students. IALA believes in alternatives for all students and that there should be many types of alternatives and choices for all students. Still, the perception remains for many educators that alternatives are for unsuccessful students. That view is thoughtfully explored in a paper, "Alternative Learning Environments" by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. For example, the issue is raised of how well secondary schools serve all students and whether establishing programs for at-risk students lets traditional schools off the hook of improving their programs for all. The paper is well done and recommended.


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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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