Alternative learning programs: investigation of key practices

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jay Darrell Thomas (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Carl Lashley

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to learn about the key attributes that school leaders identified as important in the operation of alternative learning programs in central North Carolina. I conducted in-depth interviews with four principals and twelve school personnel to gain insight to the operational procedures implemented that promoted a successful school climate for students to learn and grow. School personnel anywhere can use the key attributes that emerged from the study to examine their current school climate and to begin a re-design process that promotes student success. The data collected in the study shows the common themes that reflect items which school personnel deemed important in the operation of their school. Themes included the importance of building relationships with all stakeholders, being selective in the hiring process to ensure that staff shares the same mindset as the vision for the school, providing a flexible, balanced curriculum to meet the needs of the student, and always putting students’ needs first. The study concludes with lessons for school personnel, district and state policy makers, and recommendation for future studies.

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Language: English
Date: 2017
Alternative School, Key Attributes
Alternative schools $z North Carolina
Alternative education $z North Carolina
Educational leadership $z North Carolina

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