Ideas Generated 12/13 on Alternative Education Academy

In attendance:
Abigail Sandusky, Steve Doud, Carole Urban, Matt Burns, Andrea Hammer, Matt Tootalian, Carol Trush, Theresa Boehne, Laura Woods, Jennie Ebeling, Joe Kaczanowski, Chris Stanley, Amy Jager, Don Drysdale, Heather Matthew,
Stacey Kalpin, Anne Cook, Sonja Tomovska, Amanda Danek, Karen Colby, Mike O’Brien, Michelle Johnson,
Jamie Flannagan, Dr. David Richards, Dr. Michael Lonze, John Commyn, Beth Bartlett

SUPPORTS
- Mentors
- Community Support
- Teacher Mentors
- Facilitating/Mentor rather than teacher
- Office hours/learning center


TIME
- Evening credit recovery
- Open campus lunch
- Later start
- Flex time
- No summer break
- Flexible
- Mohegan Mon – Thu 9 – 3, Fri 1/2 day


STUDENT CRITERIA
- Unmotivated
- Time management issues
- Lack outside support
- Attendance issues
- Lack previous knowledge/skills
- Need to know expectations
- Structure/pacing guide, goals
- Standards based grading
- Application
- Interview
- Pinpointing in 8th grade? or give them a chance
- Low reading score
- No option for kids not succeeding at FHS
- Move out of academy based on success
- To get a diploma for kids that traditional school doesn’t work for
- Grade level/age doesn’t matter
- Graduate whenever
- Behind for graduation
- 16






LEARNING
- Adaptive – can’t move on until complete work
- Project based
- Standards based – meet graduation requirements
- 1 -2 days where students go where they need to
- Teachers have “office hours”
- Job related experience
- Rotate between alternative and Face to Face
- Class size capped at 20
- Co-op
- Flexible blocks of instruction
- Core – Math, Science, Social Studies, English
- Electives – flexibility
- Credit recovery
- Practical application
- Individualized instruction
- Differentiated instruction
- Alternative assessment
- Hands on labs
- Job shadowing
- Core later in the day
- Extended classes if having difficulty
- Take classes in alternative academy and Face to Face
- E2020 credit recovery
- Start out in Face to Face
- Class size 12 to 15
- Vocational/Career focus in core classes
- Common core, i.e. Project Biology – Meet set standards; when done, done, ½ yr or 2 years
- List of skills needed to graduate
- Consistent graduation requirements with rest of county
- Trimester
- Part Face to Face, part on-line, most work project
- Mastery/competence based learning
- Student led learning – Waldorf concept
- Less Structure
- Cohort/teams
- Support/team
- Authentic
- More creating
- No isolation
- Hands on
- Best practices
- Career/college ready
- Smaller class size
- Accommodations

WORK RELATED
- Job related experience
- Job shadowing
- Co-op
- Job/vocational training


STAFFING
- Teachers/mentors
- Counselor
- Social Worker
- Legal resources
- Secretary
- Caseload
- Lots of collaboration
- Multiple parapros in one computer lab

FACILITIES
- Off site
- On line
- Professional setting
- Stand alone
- On site?

OTHER
- Paradigm shift -- traditional setting doesn’t work
- Morning cohort
1/2 hour 1/2 hour 1/2 hour
4 teachers 4 teachers 4 teachers
- “Group” 1 hour small counseling session
- Name other than Alternative Education
- Focus groups with students
- First name basis

QUESTIONS
- Pilot in Fraser or Macomb County?
- Facilities?
- Can they be in more than 1 academy?
- Are we rehabilitating?
- Could Algebra 2 count as 2 credits over 2 years?