The Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS) is focused on helping alternative schools, both in the community and in locked facilities, “implement transformational, student-focused practices designed to significantly improve the life chances of the students they serve.” In July, there was a four-day Tech Camp for teachers and administrators to learn about technology tools that could increase student engagement and achievement. CEEAS also offers an annual poetry competition, Words Unlocked, for children in secure facilities. The program is supported in part by the InsideOUT Writers Program. For more information about that initiative and access to an online anthology of poems, go here.
As more and more of our juvenile delinquency and CHINS students are being moved to alternative schools due to a variety of issues, we need to focus more attention on how these schools are operating and whether our children have any hope of successfully achieving a high school diploma or alternative high school equivalency test. The Commission on Improving the Status of Children’s Educational Outcomes Task Force will hopefully do just that by utilizing groups, such as CEEAS.