The Rural Dropout Prevention Project’s Webinar Series

Alternative Schooling in Rural Settings

This webinar will be an introduction to the alternative schooling landscape and differing alternative schooling models. The webinar will explore why and how alternative schooling may help prevent dropout and reengage students, provide an overview of the alternative schooling landscape, and outline the potential opportunities and challenges of pursuing alternative schooling in rural settings. Speakers include Ms. Jennifer Wilkinson from Oklahoma State Department of Education; Mr. Justin Fite from the Oklahoma Chocktaw Nation Interlocal Cooperative; Mr. Loren Reese from the Kenai Alternative High School in Kenai, Alaska; and Mr. Richard Bartolowitz from the distance learning program in Kenai, Alaska Participants will be offered the opportunity to pose questions through chat functions throughout the 90 minutes. During the final 15–20 minutes of the webinar, participants will be invited to pose questions directly to presenters. Speakers will share their reflections on opportunities, challenges, and considerations for pursuing alternative schooling in rural settings, and will answer additional participant questions.

Event: Alternative Schooling in Rural Settings

When: Thursday 8 January 2015, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

To register and learn out more about the webinar, click the following link:

Thank you,

Brandon Bayton


Alternative Schooling in Rural Settings is part of series of webinars addressing effective practices in rural dropout prevention. 

UPCOMING WEBINARS – (*Dates and times subject to change)

Rural Challenges and Resources Needed for Dropout Prevention, February 12, 2015

Active Cognitive Engagement Using Equity Focused Teaching, February 26, 2015

Role of Local School Boards in Dropout Prevention, March 12, 2015

Recovery and Re-engagement Strategies in Rural Contexts, March 26, 2015

Family and Community Support for Students, April 9, 2015

Cultural Perspectives Impact on Dropping Out of School, April 23, 2015

Multi-tiered Systems of Support, May 7, 2015


The U.S. Department of Education has made possible the production of this webinar series spotlighting effective strategies and practices being used in ruraldropout prevention. The webinar series is produced by Manhattan Strategy Group in collaboration with the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network  and the American Institutes for Research.  

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