NAEA in MS: Alternative Education Training

Alternative Education Training

Dr. John E. Holmes, NAEA Board Member

On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Compulsory School Attendance, asked Dr. John E. Holmes, board member Region 8, to provide greetings on behalf of the NAEA for the training session.

The desired outcome was as follows:

  • Created a common understanding of what alternative education is
  • Provided a deeper understanding of alternative education and services;
  • What services are to be provided
  • Offered an opportunity for participants to learn about new approaches/interventions and reflected upon what they can do to impress academics and behavior in their own schools and communities

Toni Kersh, Bureau Director, welcomed all the participants and discussed The Foundation of Alternative Education along with Mr. Damian D. Thomas, Division Director.  Other topics include:

  • Unpacking Alternative Education – Dr. Julie Lowery, Instructional Support Specialist for Behavior/EmD
  • Revising the Alternative Education Guidebook – Dr. Robyn Madison-Harris, Senior Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research
  • Linking Support Services to Success – Beverly Pennington, Retired Alternative Principal
  • The Role of Mental Health and School Safety
    • Kathy Mangum, Counseling and Support Services
    • Bobby Richardson, Interventions
    • Sandra Parks, Division of Children and Youth

Pictured left to right: Dr. John E. Holmes, Board of Directors, Region 8 NAEA, Mrs. Toni Kersh, Bureau Director, Mississippi Department of Education – Office of Compulsory School Attendance,
Dr. Robyn Madison-Harris, Senior Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research, Mr. Damian D. Thomas, Division Director, Office of Compulsory School Attendance

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