President’s Message

I am honored to lead our statewide organization that has grown in membership over the years.  As your AAAE President, I look forward to seeing and hearing the positive stories of growth experienced by students and teachers in Alternative Education.  The leaders before me have laid a great foundation, and I feel a responsibility to continue to lead AAAE to new levels of growth. 

I am the President of AAAE, but I am also an educator. I understand the needs of our alternative students and educators.  Together we can accomplish many great things, so please reach out to me, or any AAAE board member, so that we can continue to grow and succeed.   The work we do as educators is difficult yet rewarding.  It is important that we advocate and network together, throughout the state, to help others see that our work is necessary and ultimately successful.  Have a great year and always remember AAAE is here for you, the educator.



Brad Bateman



January 10-11, 2020

Camp Aldersgate

Little Rock, Arkansas


You have been invited to join the creation of a new state Mental Health Reserve Corps volunteer group that will be trained to respond to the mental health needs following a traumatic event in a community or school. Examples of traumatic events could be, but not limited to:

  • school related suicides,
  • school shootings,
  • natural disasters,
  • sports related deaths, etc.

Learn more and register for workshop here

Featured Speaker:  Dr. Don Belau

2019-2020 Nominations To AAAE Board

The following position is currently open on the AAAE Board:

  • NE Representative #1

Learn more here.

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Ft. Smith Conference PD Certificates

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