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Volume  3,   Issue 5          April 2017
Newsletter Editor:  Dr. John E. Holmes
TAEA 2017 Annual Conference
July 10-12, 2017
Embassy Suites Hotel, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 
The Tennessee Alternative Education Association is proud to announce our 2017 Annual Conference on Alternative and Nontraditional Education, as well as Annual Meeting of the Membership. 
Visit our website to download the registration form at
Registration Fee: $150
Presenter Registration: FREE
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NAEA Region 4 Symposium 

June 15-17, 2017
201 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery, AL  36104
The Renaissance Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center ($91.00/ night)
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NAEA Board
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
Connect with NAEA!
Follow @NAEA_Hope on Twitter and join in the  NAEA Monthly Twitter Chats – (30 Minute)

Held on the last Tuesday of Each Month 9:00-9:30 EST using #NAEACHAT
Connect with your regional director today 

Congratulations Dr. Woodley
The National Alternative Education Association would like to celebrate and congratulate Dr. Lateshia Woodley, a finalist for the Indie Author Legacy Award for her book, Transforming Alternative Education. The award ceremony will be held in Baltimore, Maryland on June 24, 2017.
Every Student Succeeds ACT 
Read the NAEA statement and recommendations about the Every Student Succeeds ACT

Children's brains develop faster with music training
University of Southern California | June 2016 
Music instruction appears to accelerate brain development in young children, particularly in the areas of the brain responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception and reading skills, according to initial results of a five-year study by USC neuroscientists.
The Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at USC began the five-year study in 2012 in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) to examine the impact of music instruction on children’s social, emotional and cognitive development.
These initial study results, published recently in the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, provide evidence of the benefits of music education at a time when many schools around the nation have either eliminated or reduced music and arts programs. The study shows music instruction speeds up the maturation of the auditory pathway in the brain and increases its efficiency. 
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Save the Date!
Join us for the 24th annual conference on Alternative Education, March 5 – 7, 2018, Dallas, TX
Conference Video
Enjoy the excitement of the 23rd National Alternative Education Association Conference Video!

Utah Alternative Education Association
Utah Alternative Education Association ( UAEA) held the first EVER conference for Utah alternative educators and their partners on March 27, 2017 at Mountain High School in Kaysville, Utah. 160 participants gathered to organize an association to support professional learning and advocacy for professionals who serve at-risk students in Utah.
Visit the Utah Alternative Education Association website for more on this conference, as well as future events!
Twitter | @UAEA_HOPE
NAEA in Mississippi
On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Compulsory School Attendance, asked Dr. John E. Holmes, board member Region 8, to provide greetings on behalf of the NAEA for the training session. 
Pictured left to right:
Dr. John E. Holmes, Board of Directors, Region 8 NAEA, Mrs. Toni Kersh, Bureau Director, Mississippi Department of Education - Office of Compulsory School Attendance, Dr. Robyn Madison-Harris, Senior Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research, Mr. Damian D. Thomas, Division Director, Office of Compulsory School Attendance
The desired outcome was as follows:
  • Created a common understanding of what alternative education is
  • Provided a deeper understanding of alternative education and services;
  • What services are to be provided
  • Offered an opportunity for participants to learn about new approaches/interventions and reflected upon what they can do to impress academics and behavior in their own schools and communities
Toni Kersh, Bureau Director, welcomed all the participants and discussed The Foundation of Alternative Education along with Mr. Damian D. Thomas, Division Director.  Other topics include:
  • Unpacking Alternative Education - Dr. Julie Lowery, Instructional Support Specialist for Behavior/EmD
  • Revising the Alternative Education Guidebook – Dr. Robyn Madison-Harris, Senior Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research
  • Linking Support Services to Success – Beverly Pennington, Retired Alternative Principal
  • The Role of Mental Health and School Safety
    • Kathy Mangum, Counseling and Support Services
    • Bobby Richardson, Interventions
    • Sandra Parks, Division of Children and Youth
Chris Dickinson, Arizona Department of Education & Arizona Team 2017 Forum Planning Committee; Dr. Amy Schlessman, Rose Operating System of Education & NAEA Board member; Dr. Sandy Addis, National Dropout Prevention Center; Binky Michele Jones, Ombudsman Educational Services & Arizona Team 2017 Forum Planning Committee
The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) provided a national forum for Native and Tribal Communities on April 9 – 12 at We-Ko-Pa in Scottsdale, AZ.  Over three hundred participants attended from communities across the U.S. and Canada including Quileute Tribal School (Washington); Shakopee-Mdewakanton Sioux Community (Minnesota), Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, as well as students from Pine Ridge High School in South Dakota.  Forum partners and sponsors were Arizona Department of Education, Alaska Staff Development Network, Alaska Council of School Administrators, Native American Fatherhood & Families Association, and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
“The conference theme, Building Engaging Educational Communities for Native Students, provided many professional learning activities,” reported David Reed, Grad Solutions.  The Forum offered dynamic keynote speakers, thought-provoking breakout sessions, and featured presentations from special participants including student performances by Akimel O’otham Basket Dancers, San Carlos Apache Crown Dancers, and Santa Rosa Ranch School Royalty.
“Participating in the forum was like sitting in a theater and hearing and watching a drama unfold filled with heartbreaks, victims and heroes, and occasional joys of overcoming obstacles to experience some successes.  What resonated with me was the dedication and passion of educators who have put their heart and soul into facilitating learning, mentoring, opening doors of opportunities and building bridges for youth to navigate as they enter productive lives.”  Dr. Johnson Bia, President-Elect, Arizona Alternative Education Consortium, member of the Navajo Nation.
The forum was a stellar example of the NAEA-NDPN partnership.  This gathering broadened dropout prevention, remediation and recovery resources and provided a collaborative learning experience among practitioners and other stakeholders serving in Native and Tribal youth and their communities.
BLACK ENTERPRISE Issues Call For Nominations For Its Latest List Of Exceptional Black Men Of Distinction
 April 6 2017 | Military News 
The search is on for 100 BE Modern Men of Distinction for 2017, honoring the everyday heroism and accomplishments of men of color.
BLACK ENTERPRISE is seeking nominations for a brand new cohort of BE Modern Men of Distinction for 2017, recognizing and honoring the accomplishments of today's man of color across the globe through the media and event company's BE Modern Man interactive campaign. Now in its third year, BE Modern Man provides weekly profiles and features of today's leaders, executives, creatives, politicians, entrepreneurs, professionals and agents of change who live out the BE Modern Man theme, "It's our normal to be extraordinary."
The purpose of this curated digital campaign is to globally shift the standard narrative regarding men of color and project the positive perception that is the authentic reality of those within the BLACK ENTERPRISE community to the world. Those selected for BE Modern Man of Distinction recognition in 2015 and 2016 include Campaign for Black Male Achievement CEO Shawn Dove; author, speaker and youth program leader Jay Barnett; actor and philanthropist Lamman Rucker; and entrepreneur and TV host Paul C. Brunson.
Nominations for the 2017 BE Modern Men of Distinction are being accepted at The deadline for nominations is 11:59 p.m.May 15th, 2017.
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Mississippi School Takeover Rules Bill Sent to Governor
The Clarion-Ledger | March 2017
Mississippi could take over school districts for longer periods of time in an attempt to focus on academic improvement.
House and Senate members agreed Tuesday to Senate Bill 2431 , sending it to Gov. Phil Bryant for his approval or veto.
It would change the Department of Education's current takeover model, calling the person appointed by the state an interim superintendent rather than a conservator. State Superintendent Carey Wright has said she wants to focus more on academic improvement and less on complying with state rules and improving finances.
"MDE needs to invest as much, if not more time, in fixing academic problems as clearing accreditation violations," said Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican. "That's what they're trying to do, is return a district to stability and implement best practices that are sustainable."
The bill suggests any district with an academic rating of D or F when taken over achieve a C rating for five consecutive years before the state returns it to local control. Because the Mississippi Department of Education has, in the past, struggled to improve academic performance in districts it takes over, that could mean a district would be under state control indefinitely.
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An analysis of 700 presentations revealed that adopting one speaking skill can make you more persuasive
Business Insider | March 25, 2017
Thanks to advances in neuroscience, brain scans, and data-driven studies, we've learned more about persuasion in the past decade than we had ever known previously. We know what works and why it works, and we can prove it scientifically.
The data firm Quantified Communications has added to the growing body of evidence that storytelling plays a critical role in effective business presentations.
Quantified Communications maintains a large database of written and spoken communication from Fortune 500 executives, TED speakers, political leaders, business professors, entrepreneurs, and others.
The company has built computer algorithms that analyze content on a variety of metrics intended to measure the effectiveness of communication. Recently, the company compiled a list of intriguing findings, such as: The average audience has an attention span of five minutes and you have 15 seconds to make a good first impression.
I'm a storytelling expert, so one data point in particular caught my attention. From a random sample of 700 audio and video recordings, Quantified researchers reached the following conclusion: Messages that included well-crafted stories were 35 percent more persuasive than the average communication in the QC database. Story-based messages were also 21 percent more memorable.
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