The Seattle School Board has established an Advisory Committee on Alternative Education, and is seeking nominations for membership of this committee. Nominations are due by November 3. The committee will include students, parents/guardians, staff members, community members and professional experts in alternative education.
Individuals interested in membership on this committee are asked to complete and submit a nomination form by November 3. The form, together with additional information about the charge of the group, is available at www.seattleschools.org. Information is also available from the School Board Office, (206) 252-0040. An email group of interested individuals will also be formed. To be added to the email group, indicate "email group only" on the nomination form. Individuals may be added to the email group at any time.
Seattle Public Schools has a rich history, dating back to the late 1960’s, of providing alternative education programs. Alternative schools vary in program content, but are typically characterized by experiential learning, extensive parent involvement, and shared decision-making.
Elaine Packard, former principal of NOVA school, chairs the Advisory Committee on Alternative Education. Ms. Packard has a national reputation for her expertise in developing and managing alternative education programs. The committee will monitor and advise on policies and procedures as they affect alternative schools; help design, conduct and disseminate research on alternative school practices; conduct in-service on alternative education for District staff and the School Board; review and assist with the publication of literature and data regarding alternative education; and educate the public about alternative education.
The group will provide a written report to the Superintendent on February 16, 2007 and June 30, 2007. They will also provide monthly reports to the Chief Academic Officer.