|From Outcast to “Incast”: Reintegrating Disenfranchised Youth|
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From Outcast to “Incast”: Reintegrating Disenfranchised Youth | Sandy Balascak | TEDxLangleyED
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|Approaching Teacher Retention|
the Call Me MiSTER® Way
|Solutions to the Dropout Crisis, new webcast with Dr. Roy Jones.|
How can retention rates for new teachers be increased, allowing for that all-important sense of continuity all students need to maintain the degree 0f engagement in school that leads to increased graduation rates? Join Solutions to the Dropout Crisis as Dr. Roy Jones discusses the impact and success of Call Me MiSTER® (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models).
Call Me MiSTER works to increase the pool of excellent teachers from diverse backgrounds through a highly intentional, co-curricular process that prepares African American male students to be teachers, servant-leaders, and role models, particularly in high-needs elementary schools. Call Me MiSTER teachers often come from the same types of underserved, socio-economically disadvantaged, and educationally at-risk communities that they return to serve. And Call Me MiSTER teachers remain in the profession. Since 2004, 95% of the program graduates have remained as teachers in elementary education with most of the remaining 5% going on to administration and district leadership positions.
Call Me MiSTER has received accolades from a broad spectrum of national media and high profile celebrities, including USA Today, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal, ABC World News, National Public Radio, Associated Press, Diverse Issues in Education, BlackAmericaWeb.com, and Oprah Winfrey, as well as education journals such as Education Week and Instructor magazine.
This webcast addresses the importance of:
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- systemic transformation through intentional planning and implementation of co-curricular activities.
- academic support and real-world opportunities for all participants and
- a cohort system for participants' social and cultural support
|Dr. Pam Bruening, President
Kathleen Chronister, Vice President
Pat Conner, Treasurer
Dr. Ja'net Bishop, Secretary
Kay Davenport, Past President
Jacqueline Whitt, Dr. John E. Holmes, Dr. Ed Lowther, Denise Riley, Richard Thompson, and Dr. Amy Schlessman, Board Members
|NAEA Opening Video 2017 Conference!|
|Relive the excitement in Dallas with this lovely video produced by Mountain High School. |
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|Every Student Succeeds ACT |
|Career Readiness Essentials for School and Home|
March 1, 2017 | Dennis Trittin | LifeSmart Publishing, LLC.
“You’re off to great places! Today is your day.
Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!”
“So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question each of us has received (and often loathed!) countless times in our formative years. For some, like my daughter, the answer was clear from an early age. For most, it’s a trial and error process with midcourse changes—and loads of stress. And, that’s only the beginning.
In my conversations with teens and young adults, I see a generation that is starving for practical career wisdom. Some are struggling with their career (or major) choice. Some have all the credentials, but don’t have a clue how to market themselves and win. In today’s world, where personal initiative and networking are key, those who haven’t adapted are floundering. Finally, those who are underperforming on the job are getting a rude awakening about the ways of the real world.
To some extent, we attribute this to assumptions being made by parents and educators about who is responsible for training what. Parental guidance is all over the map. And, career readiness programs vary widely within high schools, colleges, and universities. Guess who loses?
At LifeSmart, we believe the solution is for all students to receive comprehensive and practical career readiness training to help position them for success. To that end, we are developing this extended blog series to share our vision for effective career preparation. Whether you’re a parent, educator, or student, we hope this advances your career readiness training and identifies any gaps to address.
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|Join us for the 24th annual conference on Alternative Education, March 5 – 7, 2018, Dallas, TX|
Call for Proposal Submissions and the 2018 Student Video Contest will be available August 1, 2017.
|2017 NAEA Video Contest Winners! |
|Check out these awesome student produced videos recognized at the 23rd Annual Conference on Alternative Education. Watch the videos!|
1st Place - Turning Point Academy
1st Place - Smyrna West Alternative School
2nd Place - Lee V. Pollard High School
3rd Place- Mountain High School
–Monte Vista On-Line Academy
–Daniel McKee Alternative School
–Hastings High School Alternative School
–Take Two Academy
–Pikes Peak BOCES School of Excellence
|23rd National Alternative Education Association Conference Video Recap|
|From the Editor’s Pen |
Dr. John E. Holmes, Editor
The past year has been one of phenomenal growth within our organization, from grass roots to the creation of several innovative partnerships. The National Dropout Prevention Center/ Network (NDPC/N) announced a collaborative partnership between the NDPC/N and the National Alternative Education Association (NAEA) to address dropout prevention and recovery strategies. The announcement was made by Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, and Ms. Kay Davenport, President of the National Alternative Education Association, at the At-Risk Youth National FORUM in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The National Alternative Education Association (NAEA) is made up of teachers, counselors, para-professionals, crisis workers, administrators, school resource officers, board members and others who are interested in and committed to best practice, resource sharing, research and networking to benefit youth and children through alternative learning options.
Established in 1986 as a national center and network to bring research to practice and provide solutions for engaging and supporting at-risk students and reducing the dropout rate, the NDPC/N shares solutions for student success and dropout prevention through its clearinghouse function, active research and evaluation projects, publications, and a variety of professional development activities and conferences. The organization’s website—www.dropoutprevention.org—is the nation’s leading resource in providing effective, research-based solutions to engaging students and reducing dropout. The NDPC/N is housed in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.
In addition, New England College joined forces with NAEA and offers a Certification in Alternative Education with master's level courses created and taught by NAEA Directors covering the NAEA Exemplary Practices.
Conference Chair Lee Farris and NAEA Election Chair Jerry Randolph did a phenomenal job. During the annual election, Richard Thompson, Jacquelyn Whitt, Denise Riley, Dr. Amy Schlessman, and Dr. Edward Lowther, reclaimed their post as board members. Pat Conner, Treasurer, Kathleen Chronister is the newly elected vice-president, Dr. Ja'net Bishop, secretary, and Dr. Pam Bruening, president elect, and of course, Kay Davenport, is our immediate past president.
“Unleash Our Inner Stars in 2017!” was our theme. We invite you to submit photos or other articles you have for our next newsletter. Finally, everyone is cordially invited to the 24th annual conference on Alternative Education, March 5 – 7, 2018, Dallas, TX, mark your calendars and I hope to see you there at the 2018 NAEA Conference.
|A Note of Thanks From Kay Davenport, NAEA Past President|
|I want to take this opportunity to thank the NAEA Directors, volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, Dallas Independent School District, National Dropout Prevention Network, and NAEA Members |
who made the 23rd Annual Conference a tremendous success! With the multiple offerings of professional development, networking, and time for celebration, educators and students will thrive at an accelerated level!
NAEA depends on volunteers to assist us in moving our mission forward to support alternative educators and to expand and enhance academic excellence through best practices.
A few ‘Golden Tickets’ (awarded to one representative leader from each state) are still available. This awesome communication link will catapult NAEA to a new level by increasing our capacity to serve alternative educators one state at a time. If you would like to be more involved in NAEA please contact us. We would love to connect you with other educators in your state and/or region who are passionate about furthering this important work on behalf of children and youth receiving alternative education services.
|FEMA Recruiting for Youth Preparedness Council|
|Youth in Mississippi can make a difference and transform the resilience and preparedness of communities across the country.|
Students in 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th grade who are engaged in community service or are interested in emergency preparedness may apply to serve on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council.
During council members’ two-year term, they meet with FEMA staff on a regular basis to discuss the youth perspective on emergency preparedness, share information with their communities, and participate in local and national emergency preparedness projects.
Adults working with youth or emergency management are encouraged to share the application with youth who might be interested in applying. Applications are due March 31.
Applicants must submit a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, and academic records.
For more information and to see the projects current members are working on, visit the Youth Preparedness Council website.
To submit an application, visit the application website.
Do you know a youth interested in gaining leadership experience and becoming a voice for their community? Have them apply to FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council today. #ApplytoYPC
|Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences|
|image and article via MindShift | September 2014 | |
The following is an excerpt from “Deeper Learning How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century,” by Monica R. Martinez and Dennis McGrath.
A particularly vivid example of putting students in the driver’s seat of their own education is the way they handle what traditional schools refer to as parent-teacher conferences. At these time-honored encounters, it’s not uncommon for students to stay home while the adults discuss their progress or lack thereof. But at schools built on Deeper Learning principles, the meetings are often turned into student-led conferences, with students presenting their schoolwork, while their teachers, having helped them prepare, sit across the table, or even off to the side. The triad then sits together to review and discuss the work and the student’s progress. The message, once again, is that the students are responsible for their own success.
The specific dynamics of these conferences vary widely. At California’s Impact Academy, three or four different sets of students and their families meet simultaneously, as teachers circulate through the room, making sure parents are getting their questions answered, and only intervening if the student is struggling. Yet in all cases, the basic spirit is the same: this is the student’s moment to share his or her reflections on achievements and challenges.
At King Middle School, the twice-yearly student-led conferences are “one of the most important things we do to have students own their own learning,” says Peter Hill, who helps prepare kids in his advisory class, or crew, for their meetings. “And yet, the students’ first impulse is to tear through their folders to find every best thing that they have done to show their parents.”
Instead, Hill encourages students to reflect on the connection between the effort they have made and the quality of their work. To this end, he asks them to choose three examples that help them tell their parents a deeper story: one that shows they have recognized both a personal strength and an area in which they are struggling. Most students, he says, have never thought about their learning in this way. Nor have most of their parents.
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|23rd Annual Conference on Alternative Education|
Guest speaker Arick and NAEA president, Pam Bruening, and board member, Richard Thompson at the closing general session.
Participants at the 2017 NAEA Conference. Dr. John Holmes at the 23rd National Alternative Education Association Conference.
|Jermaine Davis, Kay Davenport, and Dr. Ja'net Bishop at the 2017 NAEA Conference, Dallas, Texas, March 2017!|
Jackie Whitt, (left) and Kay Davenport, sends many thanks to the Dallas Office of School Leadership for welcoming NAEA educators from all over the country into the excellent Dallas schools during the 23rd National Alternative Education Association Conference.
Finding a Career That Fits YOU
| March 2017 | Dennis Trittin | LifeSmart Publishing, LLC.|
Life is filled with important decisions, but few are as critical as selecting a well-matched career. Not only is it our primary income source, but it also is the most direct way we apply our skills and talents in life. With all of the time we spend in our careers, it pays to make this one of the most well researched decisions in life. That means inventorying our skills, interests, and personal preferences, and researching different career options that play to our strengths, are realistically accessible, and will offer fulfillment and sufficient income.
Many high schoolers feel inordinate pressure to know NOW what career they should pursue, but we believe this is premature and speculative. Students are still discovering themselves, they haven’t been exposed to a variety of career options, and they haven’t even taken advanced courses. Accordingly, we believe it’s more appropriate to train our teens on the process of career exploration rather than placing undue pressure on them to decide on specifics at this time. For most, it’s far too soon.
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