Fred Gann, founder of four alternative education programs, believes that all true alternative education programs exist for one fundamental purpose: to make a positive difference in a student’s life. In Groundwork, Gann delivers a roadmap to re-engage disenfranchised students through an effective alternative education program. This step-by-step guide demystifies the principles of alternative education and outlines how to create a program in which each student assumes personal responsibility for his or her learning and experiences a framework for developing success. With personal examples and anecdotes, Gann provides a clear, accessible plan for the implementation of alternative programs in support of a district’s traditional school setting. Groundwork examines the following: • The four questions that must be asked when founding a new program • The components of a true alternative educational program • Five techniques for implementation • Positive-based disciplinary practices • Program longevity and the art of survival In Groundwork, Gann presents a blunt and uncompromising demand for educators to invest in kids and calls for public education to provide programs which reconnect at-risk youth with their educational environments.
F.M. Gann’s education career spanned three decades. During this time, he founded four successful alternative education programs in rural and urban settings and served as both administrator and classroom teacher. Now retired, he spends his time riding his bicycle, reading books and smiling more. He currently lives in Missouri.