About Us and Position Paper

The mission of the International Association for Learning Alternatives is to lead, promote and support learning alternatives in education.

The International Association for Learning Alternatives began in 1970 and has held some 35 annual national conferences organized informally until 2001 when the need for a formal board, officers, newsletter and website arose and was established.

This mission signals our interest in seeing that parents and students have choices of educational programs to meet their needs, interests, learning styles and intelligences. We believe that one-size education program does not fit everyone and that education is best served by having choices for all. Here is our position paper that we aim to influence state and national legislation–first a short version and then a more complete version is a pdf file.

International Association for Learning Alternatives

Position Statement

The mission of the International Association for Learning Alternatives (IALA) is to “Lead, promote and support learning alternatives in education”. Research shows that parents and learners must have choices of educational programs that meet their needs. Because not all children learn the same, state and federal legislative policy should require a variety of educational models.

IALA supports changes to federal and state legislation that will:

  1. Encourage program autonomy through site-based decision-making authority.
  2. Allow multiple measures beyond standardized tests, to assess individual student progress and program/school quality.
  3. Provide for flexible teacher licensing to recognize unique talents that support innovative learning strategies.
  4. Provide support by exempting learning alternatives from federal and state mandates, and creating innovative pilot sites that allow for open enrollment.

The complete position paper on IALA Initiatives is a pdf  file.