February 2021 | 7:30 Eastern | 4:30 Pacific
Public education struggles to provide a high quality and equitable education to all students. The result of this struggle is the alternative school system. Far too often data is the enemy of this system because it is not contextualized and doesn’t tell the whole story. These schools, full of students who were pushed out by the traditional system, are the places where equity can exist and where relationships thrive. This work is powerful, inspirational, isolating, and hard. Systems and practitioners working with high-risk youth know that this work, when done with a good heart and strategic action, can support students and families in transforming and even saving their lives.
In our work, we’ve collected incredible stories of success and celebration, of students who re-engaged and re-connected with learning and who began to recognize themselves as scholars. We will explore the structures and practices emerging from alternative learning settings that have the capacity to inform all who work with youth.
● We will explore structures designed to examine data without judgment.
● Learn about best practices for re-engaging students, families, staff, and community.
● Have time for reflection and the creation of next-step “I can set this in motion tomorrow” action planning.
● Form relationships with a network of others engaged in this heart work.