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.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 02:08 PM

January 16, 2005

Excellent book, Educational Alternatives for Everyone

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Posted by Wayne Jennings at 09:28 PM

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.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 08:40 AM

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.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 07:40 PM