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Alternative Education Profile

ESU#13 

QUALITY INDICATORS    PROGRAM - Alternative Ed.

 

Staffing:  Todd Westover, Katie Juarez, Matt Hebbert, George Schlothauer, Diane Reinhardt, Karen Reason, Lesley Billingsley, John Einfalt

           

George Schlothauer, Director of Alternative Education

Office: (308) 635-0206

Email: gschlothauer@esu13.org

 

Katie Juarez – Science - kjuarez@esu13.org

 

 

Diane Reinhardt – Secretary - dpauley@esu13.org

 

 

Karen Reason – Math - kreason@esu13.org

 

 

Lesley Billingsley – English - lbillingsley@esu13.org

 

 

John Einfalt – Social Studies - jeinfalt@esu13.org

 

Todd Westover – twestover@esu13.org

 

 

Matt Hebbert – mhebbert@esu13.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VALTS Program Description of Services:

Program Description

         What then is “alternative education”? An alternative school is one that offers the same basic curriculum as the “traditional” school but uses alternative delivery methods.  Just as some of us learn best visually, and others acoustically or kinesthetically, students’ unique characteristics cause them to learn best in situations, which support their individual needs.  While the structure of the alternative program may vary from site to site, the following common effective characteristics have been identified:

 

  • Small size
  • Supportive environment
  • Many choices for delivery of instruction
  • Autonomy and democratic structure
  • Broad participation of family and community
  • Well defined standards and rules
  • Targeted services
  • Accountability and constant evaluation
  • Support of school districts
  • School environment which is safe, disciplined, and drug free
  • Opportunities for community involvement
  • Counseling services are provided by the ESU #13 psychology department staff.

 

Effective alternative schools serve a segment of population whose needs differ from others.  They are not exclusively remediation centers. 

 

VALTS Program: Purpose and Mission

 

Mission Statement

 

         The mission of Valley Alternative Learning Transitioning School is to empower all students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to meet the challenges of our changing world.  The alternative school will provide individualized alternative learning opportunities addressing selected unique educational needs of students.

 

Philosophy

 

         The philosophy is based upon the belief that students have a right to a free, appropriate education. When students are offered the appropriate environment they can experience educational success.  The traditional educational model, effective as it may be for the majority of our students, does not provide the right environment for some students.  The Valley Alternative Learning Transitioning School will be student rather than department centered.  Its curriculum will be built upon state and district mandated standards.

 

         We believe that obtaining and maintaining excellence in education is the standard by which we should and will measure the performance of our educational system.  We believe in the inherent ability of the individual to learn and to achieve an education that is meaningful.

 

 

                                                    VALTS QUALITY INDICATORS

We collect and evaluate data regularly.  Some information has been collected over time.  Others are collected for a specific purpose.  The next section of this report charts the results of each document listed below and summarizes that information in concerns, commendations and implications for the department.  

Results of External Survey for Alternative Education for 2013-2016

External Survey Question

2013

2014

2015

2016

Change

Alternative Education services meet the needs of my school.

4.87

5.08

5.60

5.70

+0.83

Alternative Education staff think “outside the box” when trying to meet the needs of my students.

4.94

4.89

5.65

5.70

+0.76

Alternative Education staff members are receptive to my concerns.

5.13

5.00

5.62

5.81

+0.68

Alternative Education services are provided in a timely fashion.

5.28

5.08

5.53

5.67

+0.39

 

 

 

 

Document Reviewed

Date

Process of collection/evaluation

ESU #13 Annual Program Review

         Importance

         Satisfaction

         Specific objectives

March 8, 2013

Annual formal evaluation of programs by schools

Student cohort graduation rate

 

Student cohort graduation spreadsheet

Overall graduation rate

 

Tentative Graduation Report, Enrollment report

Advisory Council Feedback

 

Monthly advisory meetings with superintendents, principals, and counselors