Dr. Melinda Strickland installed as president of GAAE
Dr. Melinda Strickland installed as president of Georgia Association of Alternative Education
Posted on 03/23/2012
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Dr. Melinda Strickland, principal of the Floyd County Education Center, was installed as the new president for the Georgia Association for Alternative Education recently in Macon. She will serve a two-year term as the leader of the group promoting alternative routes to a high school diploma for children in Georgia. Dr. Strickland is a visionary in the area of alternative education and an advocate for teens that do not fit into the traditional mold of the typical high school student. Dr. Strickland started the Performance Learning Center at FCEC this year to provide students with an alternative route to a diploma in Floyd County. 

The vision of the Georgia Association of Alternative Education is to continue to promote the benefits of nontraditional education for all students. Dr. Strickland said, "As president, I will be working with the organization to take a strong approach to getting the message out regarding the value of meeting each student where they are and providing the opportunity for each one to succeed in the future." In other words, expanding what she is doing for students in Floyd County to other communities across the state. "This is a great opportunity for Dr. Strickland to represent Floyd County Schools statewide as we continue to create innovative strategies toward a “quality education for a quality life” for all students," stated Dr. Lynn Plunkett, superintendent of Floyd County Schools. "Dr. Strickland has worked tirelessly to create a true alternative education program for teens in our community at the Floyd County Education Center." 

Dr. Strickland will be a part of the GAAE's efforts to host the National Alternative Education Association Conference in Atlanta as she works closely with the national organization. She has also been asked to co-chair the committee for the NAEA national conference. "We know what a treasure Dr. Strickland is for our school system and the students she touches each day," Plunkett added. "I look forward to her leadership expanding the influence of alternative education in Georgia."

The Performance Learning Center, opened in Floyd County last fall through the cooperation of Rome/Floyd Communities in Schools, creates a business-like learning environment where students complete assignments using online, computer-based curriculum. Students learn at their own pace with assistance from support teachers providing individualized instruction. The PLC also provides experiential and service learning opportunities. Students are challenged to develop marketable skills in preparation for college and/or the workplace. The PLC provides students with mentors, internships, dual college enrollment, and technical training. The new Performance Learning Center has the capacity to serve 75 students with a 1 to 15 teacher/student ratio. In addition to the CIS components of the PLC, Floyd County Schools varies the program to include a freshmen-focused learning environment to allow over-age middle school students to get back on track to graduation.