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Alternative Education

Frequently Asked Questions and Promising Practices

II. Practices that May Benefit Students, Parents, and the School Community

14. Instructional quality - promising practices in Alternative Education

Teachers use a variety of effective techniques and instructional strategies to teach the range of students with diverse learning needs, interests, background skills, and prior knowledge so as to enable them to meet the state standards set for all students. Qualified and experienced teachers do not rely upon a "one-size-fits-all" approach, but are knowledgeable about diverse individual learning styles and individual learning needs.

Teachers modify their instruction so that students of diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, language and abilities have an equal opportunity to learn through work that is challenging, interesting and related to the real world. Their instruction and teaching strategies reflect their awareness of students' cultural differences, in particular, those that might have an adverse effect on student learning or behavior. Teachers of English language learners are knowledgeable about language acquisition, how to support English language learners, and cultural differences in curriculum and instruction.

Through assignments and the total learning process, teachers communicate consistent, high expectations for all students. In the classrooms, teachers and students are respectful of each other and each others' differences.

Opportunities are included to connect curriculum to relevant situations through activities such as Service-Learning and Work-Based Learning.

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Last Updated: September 20, 2012
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