Alliance for Options in Education Collection Description

Guide to the Alliance for Options in Education records
1973-1978

Collection number: HMC-0042.
Creator: Alliance for Options in Education.
Title: Alliance for Options in Education records.
Dates: 1973-1978.
Volume of collection: 0.8 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary:Records of an Anchorage organization dedicated to education public policy and practice.

Organizational history:
The Alliance for Options in Education, established in 1973 as the Alliance for Open Education, was a citizens’ organization which supported the introduction of a flexible public school system that would offer diverse methods of education delivery at elementary and secondary levels. The organization was established to educate the public regarding possible alternatives within the public school system and to keep its membership informed of significant developments within the district. Membership was comprised of over 200 families from the Anchorage area.

Collection description:
The collection consists of the organization’s records. Included are correspondence, speeches, clippings, options existing in various Anchorage schools, newsletters, documents concerning the Anchorage School District, and other items.

Arrangement: Files are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Digitized copies:29 of the images from the collection have been digitized and placed online in the Alaska’s Digital Archives (search Alliance for Options in Education). For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Copyright to collection materials is not held by the Archives.

Preferred citation: Alliance for Options in Education records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials:
Una Tuck papers; 1965-1999. HMC-1057. The Una Tuck papers also include materials relating to optional education practices and Mrs. Tuck is also represented in this collection.

Acquisition note: The collection was given to the Archives by Barbara Sweetland Smith in 1980. Mrs. Smith was chair of the organization in 1976.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described in 1980. The guide was updated to current standard by Arlene Schmuland in 2017.

Container list:

Folder Description
1/1 Alliance business material
1/2 Anchorage schools, general
1/3 Anchorage schools alternatives
1/4 Anchorage schools existing options
1/5 Anchorage schools existing options, Abbott Loop
1/6 Anchorage schools existing options, Chugach, history
1/7 Anchorage schools existing options, Chugach Optional School
1/8 Anchorage schools existing options, College Gate School
1/9 Anchorage schools existing options, Inlet View Proposal
1/10 Anchorage schools existing options, Rogers Park
1/11 Career options
1/12 Community interest
1/13 Correspondence
1/14 Educational trends
1/15 Gifted child proposal
1/16 Guidelines
1/17 Howes’ workshop I, creative teaching
1/18 Howes’ parent workshop
1/19 International Consortium for Options in Public Education (ICOPE)
1/20 Mailing lists
2/1 Members, children at Abbott Loop
2/2 Members, children at Chinook
2/3 Members, children at Chugach
2/4 Members, Stellar, Chugach, and Chinook
2/5 Members, elementary children
2/6 Members, elementary and secondary
2/7 Members, miscellaneous
2/8 Members, pre-schoolers
2/9 Members, secondary
2/10 Membership general information
2/11 Minority needs proposal
2/12 Names, AOE interest
2/13 Newsletters, incomplete, 1974-1977
2/14 Newspapers, publicity
2/15 Open classes, information
2/16 Parents open education meeting, March, 1977
2/17 Reading lists
2/18 School board
2/19 School board notes
2/20 Schools within a school workshop
2/21 Seattle Public Schools
2/22 Speeches
2/23 Suhd, Melvin, visit
2/24 Surveys
2/25 Tax exemption
2/26 Teachers

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