What are the best ways to set up and evaluate good alternative schools? It's a difficult question, especially in a day when there are as many alternative schools as there are communities to support them. This book addresses the question from several different angles. From emphasizing the importance of open channels of communication with parents to establishing dialogues with leaders from various relevant sectors, Mottaz outlines the start-up of a successful alternative school, showing how an alternative school can command not only legitimacy, but also respect, in any community.
Carole Mottaz is currently lead teacher at the Renaissance Chartered Alternative School at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. She is an educational professional with over a quarter century of experience. She has published articles in the Alternative Network Journal and the Wisconsin School News, and has been a two-time recipient of the Wisconsin Charter School grant as well as a Senator Herb Kohl fellow. A member of Phi Delta Kappa who is also very active in various community associations.
Chapter 1 Why Offer Alternative Education? Chapter 2 Who Are These Students? Chapter 3 Mission Statement Chapter 4 Assembling a Great Team Chapter 5 Getting Organized and Providing Structure Chapter 6 Providing a Quality Curriculum in a Flexible Manner Chapter 7 General Characteristics of a Quality Program Chapter 8 Indicators of a Quality Program Chapter 9 A Case In Point Chapter 10 Conclusion