Exemplary Practices in Alternative Education Recognition Program

In Partnership with the Governor’s Advisory Council for Alternative Education and the Tennessee Alternative Education Association

The exemplary practices for alternative education were adopted in 2008 by the state board to assure high-quality educational services for students served by alternative and nontraditional education programs. The exemplary practices provide a framework for districts to utilize in the development and implementation of a standards-based approach to high-quality alternative education programs, identifies essential characteristics of high-quality programs, and stresses the importance of meeting the educational and social and personal needs of all students.

Currently, several districts offer alternative and nontraditional education programs that meet many, if not all, of the exemplary practices. The department, in partnership with the Governor's Advisory Council for Alternative Education and the Tennessee Alternative Education Association (TAEA), has established the Exemplary Practices in Alternative Education Recognition Program to recognize the efforts of districts who exemplify high-quality alternative education services.

Districts wishing to apply will need to submit the following information:

  1. description of the alternative school or program;
  2. purpose of the alternative school or program;
  3. self-assessment and action plan (please include the date of the last action item to be completed);
  4. list of team members to include faculty and staff; and
  5. additional information about the school or program, including media, pictures, awards, community service projects, and strategic plans, etc.

Upon submission, the application will be reviewed by a team comprised of members from the department, the alternative education advisory board, and TAEA. Once the application has been reviewed, members from the team will conduct a site visit to the school or program. Upon completion of the site visit, the team will meet to discuss the district application. If the school or program is selected as an exemplary school or program, they will receive a certificate of recognition and plaque from the Governor’s Advisory Board and the TAEA. As a best practice for alternative education, the school or program will be endorsed as a model program to guide other districts across the state. The recognition certificate and plaque will be awarded at the district’s school board meeting and at the annual TAEA conference.

The application narrative (1, 2, 4) should be no longer than five pages double-spaced. The narrative, along with the self-assessment and any additional information, should be emailed to Pat Conner at Pat.Conner@tn.gov no later than November 1, 2017.