Alternative Education

Contact Us

Jennifer Wilkinson
Director of Alternative Education
(405) 522-0276.

Missy Corn
Alternative Education Specialist
(405) 831-1242.

If you are interested in placing a student in the local Alternative Education program, please contact your high school administration office for specific program information in the school district where you reside.


Oklahoma uses alternative education programs to reduce dropouts and enhance graduation rates across the state. While, every program must incorporate 17 research-based components that include individualized and effective instruction, clear and measurable program goals and objectives, counseling and social service components, and individualized graduation plans for all students, the approach of each district or cooperative program reflects local differences. The video linked below tells the story of three Oklahoma students and how each of their alternative education programs enabled them to become successful graduates.

Additional videos, webinars, products, and tools created under the High School Graduation Initiative grant to support and highlight strategies implemented to serve rural students across the county are available on the US Department of Education Programs webpage.

What's New:

The Office of Alternative Education is excited to introduce a virtual book study for professional development purposes. CEUs will be provided (1 hour per book study date and 6 hours for attending the February 6 meeting, detailed below). The following book was chosen based on the results of a Google survey sent out to alternative education programs last spring.
Book: 7 Ways to Transform the Lives of Wounded Students by Joe Hendershott
This book provides a number of strategies and ideas for teachers and principals who work with wounded students – those who are beyond the point of “at-risk” and have experienced trauma in their lives.  
Learning objectives:
  • How to identify a wounded student
  • How to recognize different types of trauma
  • How wounds manifest through a variety of antisocial behavior
  • How to reach wounded students
  • How to leverage teachable moments and reinforce acceptable behavior
  • How alternative discipline can achieve key outcomes for both student and teacher while laying the groundwork for effective teaching of marginalized students 
Participants will need to sign up for multiple events:
November Meetings
Chapter 2: November 6, 2:30 p.m.
Chapter 3: November 13, 2:30 p.m.
January Meetings
Chapter 4: January 8, 2:30 p.m.
Chapter 5: January 15, 2:30 p.m.
Chapter 6: January 22, 2:30 p.m.
Chapter 7 & Closing: January 29, 2:30 p.m.
Meet the Author 
February 6, 8:30 a.m. Metro Technology Center, Springlake Campus 1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma CityRegistration link coming soon. 
If you have questions, contact Jennifer Wilkinson, Director of Alternative Education, at



Last updated on November 26, 2018