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Volume  2,   Issue 6           November 2016
Newsletter Editor:  Dr. John E. Holmes
A 'life-saving program': Green Bay Packer comes home to thank New Beginnings for turning his life around
September – 2016
Makinton Dorleant achieved a lifelong dream when he signed a free agent contract to play with the Green Bay Packers on April 30.
That dream may never have happened without the help of New Beginnings, an alternative school in Naples affiliated with the U.S. Marine Corps whose purpose is to help accelerate the academic progress and develop social skills in students who have been disruptive to the education of others and themselves.
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A student's journey: 'Self-regulation' paved the way to success
 I’m about to meet a runaway success story. Yvonne is a 21-year-old college senior at UC Berkeley.  She’s the first member of her family to ever graduate from high school and attend college, let alone one of the best public universities in the world.  I want to find out how she got to where she is.  If she’s unlocked the secret, then maybe other students can do the same.
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October 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Richard K. Thompson 
"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." This quote from Invictus by William Ernest Henley covers the walls, papers, and virtual classrooms of the Swartz Creek Academy, a non-traditional education platform where students come to personify the phrase. "It is our ethos, if you will," says October 2016 Resilience in Action Award recipient Richard K. Thompson, Dean of Students at the Academy and influential alternative education advocate. "No matter what happened before, they have the power over their future." 
With a passion for motivational latin phrases, Thompson fills the halls with expressions and sayings meant to inspire his students to action. He believes responsibility is the key concept for all students, and he works to ensure this message is consistent for youth of all backgrounds and learning styles. "Virtus et Scientia," Thompson explains, " is our motto. It means schools have the character formation, and then the education." 
Full Article Here
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Kay Davenport, President 
Jacqueline  Whitt, Vice President
Pat Conner, Treasurer
Dr. Ed Lowther, Secretary
Dr. Ja Net' Bishop, Dr. Pam Bruening, Kathleen Chronister, Dr. John E. Holmes, Denise Riley, Richard Thompson, and Joel Shutte, Board Members
NAEA Board Annual Election Info
Information for the NAEA Board Annual Election Call for Candidates can be found here. 2017 Elections Chairperson: Jerry Randolph

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Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving to teachers, students, parents, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, secretaries, counselors, principals, and assistant principals. Thank you for what you do for your students all day, every day.
Contact your regional director! 

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2017 NAEA Video Conference! 
Video Contest
“UNLEASH THE INNER STAR,” that’s what it’s all about! Tell the story of your alternative program in a 2-5 minute video or rap. This contest is open to middle and high school students who attend alternative education programs. Your video should communicate the message and mission of program and relate to the annual national NAEA conference theme “UNLEASH THE INNER STAR.” Entries can express this theme in any genre or shooting style, but must be submitted by a link to a YouTube URL 
Winners will receive the following cash awards:
First Prize—$400.00 Second Prize—$300.00 Third Prize—$200.00
Up to five Honorable Mentions—$100 each
Entrants must be currently enrolled in and attending a middle or high school alternative education program at the time of the submission.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
  • overall impact 
  • effectiveness of conveying theme 
  • artistic merit 
  • technical proficiency 
A panel will make the final selection of winners. Judges’ decisions are final.
All entries must be sent to: Denise Riley ( and by DECEMBER 15, 2016. 
Entries must be submitted by DECEMBER 15, 2016. 
More on Video Contest Rules here:






1st Place - Robert Stethem Educational Center

First Place Winner
Robert Stethem Educational Center
Mr. Gilligan
7775 Marshall Corner Road
Pomfret, Md. 20675
Take a peak at all 2016 winners!
Principals Work 60-Hour Weeks, Study Finds
A national study shows that principals regularly clock more than a standard, full-time workload every week.
On average, principals work nearly 60 hours a week, with leaders of high-poverty schools racking up even more time, according to the first nationally representative study of how principals use their time. It was released last month by the federal Regional Education Laboratory for Northeast and Islands.
"Years ago, I tried the best I could to get everything done in 'normal work hours,' but these last 10 years, I've just assumed Sunday is going to be a work day for six or seven hours," said Eric Cardwell, the principal of the 525-student Besser Elementary School in Alpena, Mich. "The principalship: It's not a job; it's a lifestyle," he added...
"However, a 2014 study of principals in Miami-Dade County, Fla., schools found that some types of curriculum and instructional leadership were more effective than others. While spending more time coaching teachers was associated with improved student achievement, just doing classroom observations was linked to lower student achievement."
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Creating a Culture of Innovation
Eight ideas that work at Google
Some of the most frequent questions we get from CEOs and leaders of other companies are: How does Google innovate? Can innovation be planned? Can it be taught? We think that company culture and innovation can’t be separated. “You have to have the culture,” says Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, “and you need to get it right.”
So how do you create a culture of innovation? Google doesn’t have a secret formula, but we have distilled our thinking into a set of basic principles—ideas we believe can be adapted and applied at pretty much any organization, regardless of size or industry. You will find here eight principles of innovation and how we apply them inside Google.

1. Think 10x

The notion of “10x thinking” is at the heart of how we innovate at Google. To put the idea simply: true innovation happens when you try to improve something by 10 times rather than by 10%.

2. Launch, then keep listening

The restaurant business has a smart idea called the “soft opening.” Instead of hoping everything is perfect and inviting the entire public to arrive all at once, a new cafe will have a few days or weeks where they invite people in, learn what works, discover what customers love, and slowly grow (they hope) into a successful business that everyone is talking about.

3. Share everything you can

At Google we believe that collaboration is essential to innovation and that it happens best when you share information openly. So as a company, we share as much as possible with employees and strive for transparency...
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2017 NAEA Conference!
When: March 8–10, 2017
Where: Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria, 
Dallas, TX
Do your part during National Dropout Prevention Month
 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – For the first time, October has been designated National Dropout Prevention Month. Though the graduation rate has increased nationwide in the last decade, much more needs to be done so that every child has the opportunity for a brighter future that a high school diploma helps ensure. Wedgwood Christian Services joined Maranda in studio to talk about this extremely important topic.

Watch the video and read more here
Why Do Students Drop out?
Even though high school completion rates have continually increased during much of the past 100 years, dropping out of school persists as a problem that interferes with educational system efficiency and the most straightforward and satisfying route to individual educational goals for young people.
Check out this PDF that looks at the top ten reasons students dropped out based on the data provided Doll, Eslami, and Walters (2013) from multiple nationally representative studies (spanning more than 50 years) regarding reasons students drop out of high school. 
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