Volume 2021 | May
You're the One!
Editor: Dr. Amy Schlessman-Frost
Alternative Educators - You're Still the One!
The past year has been extremely challenging, yet alternative educators rose to the challenge! Now you have an opportunity to network with your colleagues and benefit from how we all continue delivering high quality alternative education.

Join us in St. Louis for the
2021 National Alternative Education Conference!

You will have the opportunity to network with colleagues as you attend quality sessions. Annual membership in NAEA is also included in registration.

Conference strands are:
  • Student Engagement (Culture/Climate)
  • Leadership & Accountability
  • Social Emotional Wellness
  • Effective Partnerships (Internal/External Agencies)
  • College & Career Readiness (Workforce Development)
  • Issues in Equity (Social Justice/Restorative Practices)

Read more about the Conference

Bring a team to the conference! Groups of 5 or more registered at the same time enjoy a $25 discount per registration.

Call for Proposals
Do you have something to share with your fellow alternative educators? The Call for Proposals is currently open. Call for Proposals is open until June 15.

Submit your Proposal Here
Meet KerriAnn Jannotte-Hinkley
KerriAnn serves as Region 1; Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont; Director on the NAEA Board. When she began her teaching career, a student said to her. "What took you so long?"

Alternative Educator Teacher of the Year in Arkansas' Sheridan School District

Read about Lynn Summit a stellar example of the dedication and quality of alternative educators.
$$ Funding Opportunities $$
Deadline: June 11, 2021
Awards of up to $10,000 are awarded to foster academic growth among underserved students, including those that are economically disadvantaged and English language learners. Proposed programs should be equity-focused, evidence-based, culturally relevant to students served, and explicitly designed to improve academic opportunities and outcomes. Eligible applicants are US public schools or schools and districts serving prekindergarten through Grade 12. Faith-based schools that accept students of all beliefs and backgrounds may apply. Applications must be submitted using the online system.

Deadline: September 1, annually
Awards ranging from $500 to $3,000 are awarded by the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation for bookmobile programs across the nation that serve children from disadvantaged populations. Grants support organizations that operate a lending bookmobile that travels into neighborhoods populated by underserved youth. Funds must be used to purchase fiction or nonfiction books published for young people preschool through Grade 8.

Deadline: June 1, annually
Awards are granted ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 by the Goggio Family Foundation in education, community development, and environmental preservation. Education encouraging the attainment of knowledge and skill and the practice of responsible citizenship through access to learning opportunities are emphasized. The foundation supports innovative programs to develop leadership skills; provide support to at-risk or disenfranchised youth; support programs that promote academic excellence, artistic expression, and critical thinking; and community development and social change promoting social progress and sustainable economic development through advances in science, health, arts, and technology. The foundation seeks ways to support leadership development, community empowerment, and economic development, with a priority to serve the needs of low-income and disadvantaged individuals and communities.

Deadline: June 1, 2021
Awards of up to $2,500 will be awarded to help restore public lands that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic due to increased use. Activities must engage volunteers and represent a specific project. Examples of eligible projects are addressing wear and tear on trails; increased litter; or postponed projects such as removing invasive species and new plantings, with a focus on conservation, maintenance, or preservation. Conservation projects consider environmental concerns and aim to protect biodiversity, wildlife, wild places, or endangered species. Maintenance projects restore or enhance park infrastructure. Cultural and historical preservation projects focus on protecting historically significant land. The grant program has three funding cycles in 2021.