delta classroomAlaska ICE: Empowering Communities to Help Youth Succeed

Alaska ICE actively partners with schools and communities, building positive youth-adult relationships and healthier school and community climates to help kids achieve academic and social success.

Learn more about our statewide partnerships.




Alaska Education Challenge Survey

Governor Bill Walker has challenged Alaskans to address student achievement gaps and increase our graduation rate by making sure every student has equal opportunity to learn and succeed. To meet the Alaska Education Challenge, the State Board of Education is leading a highly participatory process with the public. It will result in recommendations to the Governor and Legislature by year’s end.

The Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) began by surveying the public starting February 1, asking Alaskans to share their ideas for topics for public education reform. To date, 775 Alaskans have responded to the survey and provided over 11,000 ideas for topics. In a survey to be published in mid-March, DEED will ask the public to rank those topics by priority. Alaskans are encouraged to express their priorities for public education reform in an online survey at The survey closes on February 28.

The public will be able to follow the process and participate through the Alaska Education Challenge website: All meetings will be open to the public, and meeting documents will be made available online.

Free webinar: Culturally Responsive and Embedded Social and Emotional Learning

What is culturally responsive social and emotional learning and how can it support the work you do with youth in Alaska?

Please join the Association of Alaska School Boards Thursday, Feb. 23 from 12:00pm-1:00pm to explore both of these questions in the webinar “Culturally Responsive and Embedded Social and Emotional Learning”. During the webinar, we’ll:

* Define social and emotional learning (SEL)
* Highlight strategies for building SEL skills in culturally diverse groups of youth
* Describe how the culture of a community can shape what SEL looks like in schools and/or organizations in that community
* Hear from the Bering Strait School District about using community feedback to move from a general SEL approach to a culturally responsive SEL that is place-based and reflective of their community.

This webinar will be useful for people working with youth in both the school setting and in out of school time. For more information, click here.

Top Alaska education officials work to strengthen education

Alaska’s two top education officials say they want to tackle critical issues in a state where test scores and graduation rates fall below the national average, where teacher turnover rates are high, where achievement gaps persist and where state funding is likely to be anemic.

UA President Jim Johnsen and state Education Commissioner Michael Johnson said in a joint interview last month that they and their governing boards were working toward greater collaboration between the vast public schools system and the public university system. (Continue reading at

Community Engagement Educator position at AASB

The Alaska Initiative for Community Engagement with Association of Alaska School Boards is seeking a motivated Community Engagement Educator that has passion for supporting youth success, school improvement, culture in schools, trauma-informed approaches and community engagement throughout Alaska. This position supports statewide community engagement and school improvement efforts through facilitating, coaching, training, planning, and coordinating efforts to strengthen communities and advocate for youth.

This position works closely with local community champions, school personnel, community based organizations, tribal organizations, and strengthens developmental assets in the community.

We are interested in candidates who are interested in traveling and partnering with both communities and school districts to integrate cultural and educational best practices.

See the full announcement at the AASB website.

Anchorage Teacher wins Milken National Educator Award

Paul Campbell has received the 2016 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for Alaska. Mr. Campbell teaches first and second grade at Chester Valley Elementary in the Anchorage School District. He was notified of the $25,000 award in a surprise ceremony November 22 attended by Alaska Education Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson, Anchorage Superintendent Dr. Deena Paramo, Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley, Principal Adrianne Grenier, and the staff and students of Chester Valley Elementary.

“Congratulations to Paul Campbell, recipient of Alaska’s 2016 Milken Educator Award,” said Commissioner Johnson, who received the Milken Educator Award in 2008. “Being recognized by the prestigious Milken Family Foundation was one of the greatest honors of my career. Having the opportunity to participate in this Milken Award notification is an even greater honor. Great teachers like Paul Campbell are, and always will be, the foundation of providing an excellent education for every student every day.”

See for a video of Alaska Milken awardees.

North Slope schools add local history to curriculum

After years of discussion and consideration, local lessons are now on the agenda for North Slope Borough students.

On Monday, the borough school board passed through second reading a policy making North Slope government and history requirements mandatory for high school graduation. (Continue reading at

At AFN, Native educators share vision of profound change and tribal schools

Nothing less than a revolution in Alaska education is needed to reach Native students, and tribal organizations should lead the way. That’s the sweeping takeaway on Thursday from a panel at the Alaska Federation of Natives 50th annual convention.

The topic was “Rethinking Indigenous Education: Our Responsibility to Future Generations” and it was led by Evon Peter, a University of Alaska Fairbanks vice chancellor and Gwich’in tribal member. (Continue reading…at

US Senate Youth Program accepting applications

The United States Senate Youth Program has begun its statewide selection process. In March, two Alaska students will join 104 other delegates for Washington Week – an intensive educational program about the workings of the Senate and the federal government overall.

Alaska’s eligible students must be high school juniors or seniors, an elected student officer for the entire 2016-2017 academic year, and state residents.  Applications are due by 4 p.m. November 1.

See The Alaska contact is Dr. Bjorn Wolter at 907-465-6542 and bjorn•wolter©alaska•gov  (bjorn•wolter©alaska•gov)  

Youth Alliance for a Healthier Alaska

Do you have youth projects, campaigns or initiatives coming up this school year that could use youth voice or review by a group of professional and passionate young people? Please take a moment to review the below description of YAHA and consider working with us!

What is YAHA? The Youth Alliance for a Healthier Alaska is a group of teens (14-18 years of age) from across the state that provides youth review and feedback on youth-targeted campaigns, projects, and publications. We also respond to important teen issues such as substance abuse, suicide, violence, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, nutrition, and fitness through community based interventions.

Find out more about YAHA and how you can work together, here!

Women and Young People of Achievement Awards

Do you know an extraordinary woman or remarkable youth? Statewide nominations are OPEN for the 27th Annual YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement & Youth Awards!

New this year, we will be celebrating our Young People of Achievement with our Women of Achievement. Nomination forms for both Women of Achievement and Young People of Achievement can be found online at: or by calling 907-644-9600.

Women of Achievement and Youth Awards

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