Aired on: March 20th, 2014
3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)
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Robert L. Eichorn believes our most socio-economically challenged, emotionally in need, and intellectually starved students deserve the best schools, teachers, and support services. When provided with a world class education, these students become self-sufficient, confident, and motivated life-long learners. They turn despair to hope, create happiness from sadness, and mold failure into success. Outspoken and relentless advocacy has been and will always be his mission in support of each of our heroic students. Mr. Eichorn is the Principal of New Directions Alternative Education Center in Manassas, Virginia. He has 24 years of school-based experience in alternative education. In 1990, Mr. Eichorn began his career in residential mental health as a teacher, went on to facilitate program management in a host of inter-agency alternative school settings, and subsequently opened several new alternative schools. Mr. Eichorn and his students have been recognized at the local, regional, and national levels for their achievements. He is a member of numerous professional organizations targeting alternative education and leadership development. Currently, Mr. Eichorn serves as the president of the National Alternative Education Association and as an advisor to the National Education Foundation and the Virginia Alternative Educators Association. Locally, Mr. Eichorn is a member of Leadership Prince William, a group of passionate and diverse leaders committed to strengthening community. Mr. Eichorn holds degrees in education from James Madison University and George Mason University.
This Week's Topic
This session will provide best practices for creating, developing, and sustaining successful alternative programs and schools. Using a combination of standards based instruction and assessment, data-driven school improvement plans, and integrated approaches to academic school counseling, practices will be highlighted that are student centered, rigorous, and account for the varying ability levels of students accessing nontraditional and alternative education services.
Student ownership and capacity building, college and career readiness, and transition planning will highlight the effective blending and overlap of initiatives and service provision. Individualized, blended, and articulated instructional practices will be presented which engage students, promote resilience, and emphasize transferable skills to the world of work and post-baccalaureate educational opportunities.
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a collaborative manner during the presentation. Opportunities for continuing conversations and dialogue will be available throughout the year.
Mr. Eichorn is the Principal of New Directions Alternative Education Center in Manassas, Virginia.
Mr. Eichorn will also be appearing at the 2014 Diploma Plan Institute, an opportunity for teams of school and/or district administrators to consult with contracted field experts to develop customized, practical, and local plans to prevent drop-outs and increase graduation rates.
Lee, M. (2013). Love Evident in Top Dropout Prevention Programs. http://youthtoday.org/view_article.cfm?article_id=6313. (2014).