Presentation on theme: "New Alternative Education Programs. School systems are not responsible for meeting every need of their students. But when the need directly affects learning,"— Presentation transcript:
School systems are not responsible for meeting every need of their students. But when the need directly affects learning, the school must meet the challenge. Carnegie Council Task Force on Education of Young Adolescents, 1989
IC 20-30-8-5 To qualify as an alternative ed program must: –Be an educational program that instructs in a different manner than in the traditional school setting –Serve eligible students in grades 6-12 –Operate for a minimum of 2 continuous hours
Department Policy No greater than 15:1 teacher/student ratio Generally ≥ at least one semester Programs should embrace best practices for alternative education Programs should generally be the child’s primary educational placement
2007-08 Data Number of Programs208 Number of Students Served22,705 Number of Participating Districts183 Number of Counties Represented65
Eligible Students Served 9%Intends to withdraw/has withdrawn 58%Failed to comply academically 5%Parent or expectant parent 1%Employment required for support 27%Disruptive student
Integrated, Model for Academic and Behavioral Supports Core curriculum, instruction, & learning environment Targeted, Supplemental Supports Intense, Individualized Support Data-based Decision Making Across the Tiers Problem Solving
WHAT’S BEST FOR YOUR STUDENTS? TYPES OF ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION: WHAT’S BEST FOR YOUR STUDENTS?
Type: Academic Services Academic intervention to improve academic behavior/attainment Variety of appropriate, individualized instructional methods TRANSITIONS and continued support are important.
Type: Positive Behavioral Services Second-Chance – alternatives to expulsion – behavioral interventions prior to expulsion – NOT the first intervention (IC 20-30-8-8) – NOT specifically focused on special education –TRANSITIONS remain important
Type: Extended Services/ Post-secondary Preparation Often longer-term School Community Partnerships-feature collaboration and use resources of community Vocational Interventions-prepare students for workforce and have a work component School Continuation-serve students with economic, family, personal challenges with appropriate services like childcare
Program Development Establish an Advisory Group that will insure broad-based school and community support Conduct a needs assessment (data) Decide on type/mission/vision/goals Design program and how it will operate including location, administrative structure and policies, entrance/exit criteria
Program Development (cont.) Identify teaching and support staff Design curriculum and instruction Create a positive school climate Create mechanisms for transition (as applicable) Determine budget and sources of income Set accountability measures Get school board approval