Alternative to What?: The true story of a principal’s first assignment at an Alternative Magnet School in the nation’s 2nd largest school district

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AuthorHouse, Jan 17, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 148 pages
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Alternative to What? is the shocking and humorous story of a first-time principal who uses persistence, creativity and humor to turn a dysfunctional K-12 urban experimental school, located in a gang-infested area of Los Angeles, into a successful racially integrated high-achieving learning environment for students from diverse racial, economic and cultural backgrounds.
 

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I went to area H in 1975-76.
It was a crazy time (=
anything u want to know, just let me know (=
I loved all the teachers there!
They actualy cared about us kids.
Dean Lewis
 

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This book is not a piece of fiction. I observed a principal who was trying to do her very best for students and teachers. She changed an impossible disaster to a place that resembled a school. In my career as District Superintendent I supervised the activities of at least 350 principals at the elementary, middle and high school and she was at the top of the list. Most thinking individuals regarded her a competent educator who cared about the education of children. S. Brickman 

Contents

Alternative to What?
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I Can Just See The Parents Sitting On Her Lap
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MyMy My Dear You Do Have A Challenge Dont You?
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Black One Year and White the Next
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I guess it is true that the hand is quicker than the eye
25
What Do You Mean Godzilla?
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Why Is That Patch of Fuzz a Different Color?
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Pomp and Circumstance on a Kazoo
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You Just Sit There and You Suck It In
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My You Are a Big Boy Arent You?
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I May Not Have A College Education But I Can Tell The Difference Between Privates And Fingers
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The Grand Adventure
126
GlossaryIndex of Terms In Case You Want to Know
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