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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Alternative Schools: The Search For An Educational Future

Dr. Frank D. Aquila, Dr Ronald Moss, Dr Wayne Carter.

The Cleveland Municipal School District in collaboration with multiple university and agency partners has completed the fourth year of its alternative school program. Cleveland State University has been responsible for both the qualitative and quantitative research components. The alternative program includes prevention, intervention and aftercare components provided not only by school district teachers and counselors but also by mental health and social work agencies in a coordinated and cooperative school environment.

The prison-like atmosphere of far too many urban schools is not the answer. What are needed are schools with a different sort of “style” – schools that unsuccessful students feel are truly different. Additionally, the curriculum must be one that these students believe is truly different. Clearly, what is called for is an entirely new school culture; schools must look, taste, and smell different if they are to produce positive results for these failing students.


Dr. Frank D. Aquila  (United States)
College of Education
Cleveland State University

Dr Ronald Moss  (United States)

Dr Wayne Carter  (United States)

Cleveland Municipal School District

  • Alternative
  • At-Risk
  • Option

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)