Welcome to AAAE


Conference Hotel

Courtyard Marriott

$99 per night
(includes breakfast)

Please say you are with AAAE when making reservation

900 Rogers Ave
Ft. Smith, AR  72901


Alternate Hotel

Holiday Inn City Center
700 Rogers
Ft. Smith  72901
479 494-3760
 99.00 per night breakfast included


July 13 & 14, 2015

Ft. Smith, AR

“Seeing the Me I Want To Be”

16th Annual AAAE Conference
on Alternative Education



$255 per person


Call For Proposals are now being accepted!







Welcome to Ft. Smith!




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NAEA 2015 Conference

NAEA Annual Conference

March 26-29, 2015
Sawgrass Marriott
1000 PGA Tour Blvd.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Check the NAEA Website for more information.

Ann Burns Smith STAR Scholarship


$500 scholarship for alternative education students with a high school diploma or GED who will be attending post-secondary career training in an accredited vocational, college or university setting.

Apply: Online Here (Choose “Statewide”)

ADE News

Understanding it to improve it :Youth panel on social and emotional learning

Learn more...

Madison ALE students went to the Children's Museum in Memphis on May 16th. Twenty-six students from first through eighth grade, past and present ALE students, were permitted to attend. This Trip was funded by a grant from Target through Scholarship America. The student learned about Banking, Railroad Crossing safety, Fire safety, and they had fun at the various activity stations for the students.

Listening to the Whole At-Risk Student
Insightful blog by Stephen Sroka.

Many at-risk students in schools are crying out for help with their real-life issues, yet many educators respond with an emphasis on academic proficiency skills. With today's stress on academic achievement at all costs with little regard for the mental, social, physical, emotional, or spiritual aspects of the whole student, many teachers teach tests and not students. Students become grade-point averages and not people.
Read full article here.

Blogging is a great way to share your own thoughts, experiences, and ideas with others in your field, and publications such as Whole Child Education offer just such an opportunity.

AIE Mini-Grants
Money is still available for the AIE mini grant program.

The AIE Mini-Grants are available for programs happening October 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014. The deadline is on-going until the money is allocated; applications will be reviewed in-house and will be funded on a first-come basis.

You can learn more by visiting the Arkansas Arts Council webpage.