Welcome to AAAE

Mena Board


Karen Parnell, Alternative Education Director at Mena Public Schools shared with us a bulletin board she prepared for the new school year using the theme from our AAAE summer conference, “Second Chances For Better Choices”. (Click on the above photo to see Karen’s work in detail!). The original concept theme was a design submitted by the class of Ms. Julie Cox of Harrison School District.



The Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators (AAAE)

In Partnership with ADE Present:


Dynamics of Alternative Education

This training is being highly requested by districts that are beginning a new ALE program or redesigning their current nontraditional opportunities. Rules, regulations, procedures, forms, law, and program support will be offered during this in depth training. Specific details, examples, materials, social skills training, coding, schedules, curriculum, etc. will all be demonstrated and practiced.

 2 Dates From Which To Choose!

When: November 5, 2014
Where: Lake DeGray State Park,
2027 State Park Entrance Rd.
Bismarck, Arkansas 71929
Starting: 9:00 A.M.
Ending: 3:00 P.M.

Click Here For Registration Form For Lake Degray

When: November 13, 2014
Where: Mount Magazine State Park,
577 Lodge Drive
Paris, AR 72855
Starting: 9:00 A.M.
Ending: 3:00 P.M.

Click Here For Registration Form For Mt. Magazine

Bring your own laptop, to work on specific forms and Student Action Plans (SAPs).

Registration is limited. 

Please mail materials fee of: $75.00 per person to:
Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators (AAAE)
Attn: Gail Brown
420 North Main St.        Greenwood, AR 72936

Fax: 479-996-4174     Phone: 479-996-4172  


To All of our Novice Alternative Educators:

Congratulations on the beginning of our first month of school being completed.  You are teaching in an incredibly influential field.  What works in alternative education will work in all educational settings.  This experience will create lifelong learners.  You as teachers will become the students learning from each of the daily situations and adding them to your toolbox.  I encourage you to consider adding some of these resources early.  All are free and will give you valuable research and innovative information early in the game.  Please send us comments as to the areas of greatest need so that we can personalize this support for you.  Our wishes are that you are off to a great start and will experience a rewarding year.  We know there will be bumps in the road, we are here to assist you with those types of issues.  Thank you for what you are doing for each and every one of our students.

Keep up the great work and let us know how we can support your efforts and needs;

Lori L. Lamb

Alternative Education Director

Arkansas Department of Education

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To Anticipate: 

  • Late October and Early November:   Dynamics of Alternative Education Trainings, details will be sent out soon. 
  • January – February:  Various Cooperative Education Centers:  Alternative Education Accountability Training

2014 Day At The Capitol

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On February 20, 2014 Alternative Education teachers, administrators and students were honored at the capitol in Little Rock for their achievements not only in academics, but also in community involvement and service.

Parents and family members were also invited to watch the students meet their Representatives and Governor Beebe and receive various awards. Read More....

AAAE Calendar
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.

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.

Conference Links
AAAE Board Openings
AAAE currently has openings for SW & SE Regional Directors, as well as positions of At-Large Teacher, Counselor & Administrator.

Click here to submit your resume for consideration for one of these positions.