Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs


International Association for Learning Alternatives

The International Association of Alternative Programs held national conferences urging alternatives programs for 33 years. The growth of state organizations has meant IALA is no longer essential and has terminated its work. The website contained many useful articles and the focused wording of the mission of IALA. To retain valuable items, those materials have been transferred to the MAAP website. MANAP was a major supporter of IALA and thanks Dan Daly and Wayne Jennings (and Ray Morley from Iowa) for their fine work over many decades.


About Us and Possition Paper

The mission of the International Association for Learning Alternatives is to lead, promote and support learning alternatives in education.

The International Association for Learning Alternatives began in 1970 and has held some 35 annual national conferences organized informally until 2001 when the need for a formal board, officers, newsletter and website arose and was established.

This mission signals our interest in seeing that parents and students have choices of educational programs to meet their needs, interests, learning styles and intelligences. We believe that one-size education program does not fit everyone and that education is best served by having choices for all. Here is our position paper that we aim to influence state and national legislation–first a short version and then a more complete version is a pdf file.

International Association for Learning Alternatives

Position Statement

The mission of the International Association for Learning Alternatives (IALA) is to “Lead, promote and support learning alternatives in education”. Research shows that parents and learners must have choices of educational programs that meet their needs. Because not all children learn the same, state and federal legislative policy should require a variety of educational models.

IALA supports changes to federal and state legislation that will:

  1. Encourage program autonomy through site-based decision-making authority.
  2. Allow multiple measures beyond standardized tests, to assess individual student progress and program/school quality.
  3. Provide for flexible teacher licensing to recognize unique talents that support innovative learning strategies.
  4. Provide support by exempting learning alternatives from federal and state mandates, and creating innovative pilot sites that allow for open enrollment.

Here is the complete position paper:

Educational Options for All


Article Author
Learning Facilitator Competencies and Rubrics Wayne Jennings
100 Years War Against Learning Don Glines
Reformers Are Leaving Our Schools in the 20th Century Marc Prensky
High School Reform and Alternative Education Raymond Morley
Creating Educational Futures Don Glines
A Framework for Learning Alternatives Environments in Iowa Raymond Morley
Brain Compatible Schools for a New Era Wayne Jennings
Guiding Principles of Advanced Learning Systems Wayne Jennings
Strategies for Active Learning Wayne Jennings
Book Reviews Wayne Jennings
Startling/Disturbing Research on School Program Effectiveness Wayne Jennings and Joe Nathan
Alternative Education Raymond E. Morley
Alternative Education: A Way of Restructuring Education/Local Review Process Raymond E. Morley