Talk with anyone who has been an ALA student, past or present. They will proudly share that they are doing right things for right reasons with the right people at the right time every single time to the best of their ability, even when no one is watching.
ALAs Public Schools Historic Record clearly documents that the Grade Point Average (GPA) of most ALA students rise; school dropout rates decrease; positive relationship building increases; honesty, integrity and the level of trust between ALA students increase; ALA students personally focus on their own character development.
School administrators attribute the rise in ALA character development to programming that helps students understand how successful people think and act.
In a nutshell, ALA teaches, HOW to think and act for yourself.
Programming instills a commitment to lifelong learning in participants because ALA is NOT a one-time event. It is a process that takes time; It’s a personal commitment to excellence, learning and personal growth and personal development.
Participants who have advanced up the highly acclaimed personal achievement ladder proudly will tell you that ALA has changed their lives forever – and they are tickled to death about that.
In very practical hands-on ways, ALA programming directly involves participants in personally developing ten basic principles and behaviors practiced by highly successful people. Basics such as: Integrity/Ethics, Live Your Dreams, Positive Mental Attitude, Personal Core Values, Personal Financial Strategies, and much more. Similar to historic one-room school operations, in small work groups, classmates watch and listen to each other make presentations and they participate in discussions about the assigned subject matter being studied. Applied principles include: How to write to be Understood; Effective Journaling Techniques; How to ensure Effective Work Sessions, such as, Start on Time, Stay on Task, Stop on Time; Daily Habits that make the Real Difference, etc., etc. ----- The critical importance of this type of classroom activity is that Observational Learning is an extremely powerful teaching tool. A tool that is routinely set aside in public school classrooms today because of mandated teaching schedules that are driven by the clock rather than by the personal involvement of students in learning activity.