This McREL publication reviews the practices of five alternative teacher education programs and the implications these practices may have on related policy.
The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels.
This paper reviews community or district-based programs that have as their primary focus the re-engagement of out-of-school youth in learning in order to better prepare them to successfully enter high growth occupations and careers.
The Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators is an organization whose membership is made up of teachers and administrators responsible for providing effective education programs in alternative environments through out the state.
This link is to the Department of Health and Human Services' Family and Youth Services Bureau website. The Bureau promotes positive outcomes for children, youth, and families by supporting a wide range of comprehensive services and collaborations at the local, tribal, state, and national levels.
This link to the 2005 National Youth Employment Coalition report profiles innovative practices and creative state and local policy mechanisms used to finance alternative education pathways.
This U.S. Department of Labor website offers information on alternative education.
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice assists with developing policies and programs for youth with mental health disorders in contact with the juvenile justice system based on the best available research and practice.
The National Center on Education, Disability, and Juvenile Justice focuses on assisting practitioners, policymakers, researchers and advocates to identify and implement effective school-based delinquency prevention programs, education and special education services in juvenile correctional facilities, and transition supports for youth re-entering their schools and communities from secure care settings.
The National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent or At Risk (NDTAC) serves as a national resource center to provide direct assistance to states, schools, communities, and parents seeking information on the education of children and youth who are considered neglected, delinquent, or at-risk.
The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health helps states, tribes, territories, and communities discover solutions that improve the social, emotional, and behavioral well being of children and families.
This U.S. Department of Justice program provides research, resources, and conference information in the area of juvenile justice.
The Oklahoma Technical Assistance Center provides professional development on alternative education and program evaluation.
This National Center on Secondary Education and Transition research in practice brief offers an overview on special education students in alternative education settings.
This link to the Education Commisison of the States website, offers resources on alternative education.
This link to the National Centerf or Education Statistics website provides data from a district Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey about alternative schools and programs available to students during the 2007-08 school year.
This purpose of this paper is to synthesize existing knowledge, definitions, and themes about alternative education programs, based on a review of literature and reports. Published by the Urban Institute it was prepared with funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.