Despite the many `alternative' schools and programmes in the United States designed to redirect the lives of at-risk youth, the majority of these in fact serve to isolate and segregate. This challenging book presents a comprehensive plan for those interested in creating truly alternative educational programmes for this group. John Kellmayer outlines the key characteristics of alternative programmes, describes alternative models and explains how to implement and manage these programmes. He also provides strategies on how to empower teachers, involve students in their own education and evaluate alternative programmes.
What Is It?
Dealing with Political Opposition and Credibility Gaps
Ten Key Characteristics of Effective Alternative Programs
Ten Alternative Models
How to Set Up an Alternative Program
Exploring Curriculum Options
Administering and Organizing Alternative Schools
Involving Students in Their Own Education
Evaluating Alternative Programs