Newark, along with the cities of Nashville, Tenn., and Indianapolis, is one of three pilot cities nationwide in which Alternative High School Initiative
(AHSI) has established a "Place-Based Partnership." All three cities are opening new alternative schools.
Andrew Moore, an NLC senior fellow, presented an overview of NLC's involvement with the Alternative High School Initiative
, a network of youth development organizations with 211 sites nationwide committed to creating educational opportunities for young people for whom the traditional school settings have not been successful.
NLC and The Big Picture Company are co-conveners of the Alternative High School Initiative
(AHSI)--a network of youth development organizations committed to creating educational opportunities for youth who have struggled in traditional high school settings; NASS is one of 12 members of AHSI.
Interviews with leaders of selected cities and school districts, as well as organizations in the Alternative High School Initiative (AHSI) network, revealed seven key policy conditions necessary for alternatives for high school to achieve large-scale success:
The Alternative High School Initiative (AHSI) "distinguishers," or elements that distinguish the AHSI network's alternative high school models from other alternative school programs, are:
Elliot Washor, co-director of The Big Picture Company, discussed how his organization and other members of the Gates-supported Alternative High School Initiative
Network are developing small, innovative, and personalized schools that cities are supporting in their efforts to expand options and alternatives that meet the diverse needs of their student populations.
* Hosting two meetings of the Alternative High School Initiative
Network to help cities promote high school reform.
We're trying to address all of these issues with NLC's help through the Alternative High School Initiative."
Details: For more information regarding NLC's school improvement efforts, the Alternative High School Initiative. or the Education Policy Advisors Network (EPAN), contact Lucinda Dugger at NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 6263052 or visit www.nlc.org/iyef.
At a February gathering of representatives from the Alternative High School Initiative
(AHSI) in Philadelphia, 13 youth from high schools around the country provided their insight into discussions on alternative education and public perception.
Louis, Mo., shared their perspectives at the Alternative High School Initiative
(AHSI) conference in October in Cambridge, Mass.