Category Archives: Alt, Ed. Res. Org.

National and State Alternative Education Conferences

Mark your calendar for any of the following conferences about alternatives of interest to you or colleagues. The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network will hold its 26th annual conference Nov. 2-5, 2014 in Louisville, KY. The 32nd annual  Minnesota Association for Alternative Programs conference will be held February 11-13, 2015 in Duluth, MN. The 21st annual […]

Project Based Learning un-Conference

In July Project Foundry hosted the 2nd annual Project Based Learning un-Conference.  The keynote speaker was Peter Pappas.  He shared many great examples of how Project Based Learning is transforming schools and helping students explore their worlds, rather than subjecting them to the repetitive lower order thinking tasks characterized by most traditional schools.  I would […]

Ethics and Excellence in High School

  A report recently released outlines eight strengths of character that can helpboth students and schools achieve ethical and productive futures. http://www.cortland.edu/character/highschool/chapters/SnGReport.pdf

High School Graduation in Four Years – Why Not Two Years or Even Six?

High Schoolers have many more options today then they did even a decade ago.  There are Alternative, Charter, Private and On-Line options, and now there are options in many states to graduate early or if necessaryto stay one, two or even three additional years.  Recently both the New York Times and U.S. Today had articles […]

Courses Available on Alternative Ed and Starting a School

The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) is providing courses on how to start an alternative school and on the history of alternative education. Start a School 101 begins September 15, 2008 and is taught by Jerry Mintz among others. The Theory and History of Educational Alternatives is taught by Ron Miller and will also start […]

AERO Conference

A Spectrum of Alternatives conference by the Alternative Education Resource Organization will be June 22-26, 2005 at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. Speakers include: John Taylor Gatto, Alfie Kohn, Ann Cook, Matt Hern, Tim Seldin and Jerry Mintz. Conference schedules, registration, speakers, etc. are on the conference web page.

World Directory of Democratic Schools

The Alternative Education Resource Center (AERO) has catalogued a huge list of democratic schools (mostly small learner-centered alternative schools) in 26 countries plus most of the states in the U.S. Use this link to look up a country or state to see these member schools. AERO provides a wide range of resources, links, conferences to […]

164 Democratic Schools Worldwide

This list of 164 schools by the Education Revolution Resource Organization includes schools which have described themselves as democratic, or have been described as democratic by researchers. Generally, these schools involve some or all of the characteristics noted on the democratic education homepage. Many are private schools given the reluctance of governments to approve such […]

Education Revolution Conference

The Alternative Education Resource Organization will celebrate its 15th year of operation with a conference at The Russell Sage College at Troy, New York, June 25-27, 2004. Headed by Jerry Mintz, AERO provides a great source of information about alternative education around the globe. Consider joining to gain access to an excellent database, particularly about […]

Signs That Students Need a Change

Jerry Mintz of The Alternative Education Resource Organization and publisher of Education Revolution magazine has a checklist of 10 Signs You Need a Different Kind of Education for Your Child to stimulate discussion among parents to consider alternatives. It’s a thought-provoking list from a pioneer in the alternative schools movement.

Source and Magazine on Alternatives

Very comprehensive coverage, particularly of democratic and small private alternative schools, including international coverage, is found in Education Revolution, published 4 times a year.