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.
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 http://www.milkeneducatorawards.org/newsroom/videos/view/30-years-of-surprises-alaska for a video of Alaska Milken awardees.
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 https://education.alaska.gov/recognitionprograms. The Alaska contact is Dr. Bjorn Wolter at 907-465-6542 and bjorn•wolter©alaska•gov (bjorn•wolter©alaska•gov)
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!
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: http://ywcaak.org/woa/ or by calling 907-644-9600.
Women of Achievement and Youth Awards
…Time is not the only reason teachers avoid technology integration. Some of us consider ourselves to be technology-impaired. Others simply don’t see technology as a requirement for good teaching or learning. Still others struggle with implementing digital learning effectively because of a lack of training. But whatever the reasons, our avoidance of digital tools for learning is costing our students.
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“Healthy Students…Successful Students”
SAVE THE DATE for the 11th Annual School Health and Wellness Institute, October 24-26th, 2016, at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage.
The yearly Institute offers 3 days of professional development highlighting the importance of focusing on student and school health:
* Healthy students do better academically.
* Healthy students have lower absenteeism rates and higher graduation rates.
* Healthy students have fewer behavioral issues.
* Healthy and successful students grow into healthy and successful adults.
Scholarships are available and registration opens August 15th. Call or email Wendy Hamilton (wendy•hamilton©alaska•gov) at 465-2768 for more information.
The Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management (ATCEM) will be recognizing the many faces of Environmental Excellence in Alaska at an Awards Luncheon, October 26, 2016. Please email your nominations to atcem©anthc•org (atcem©anthc•org) or submit your nomination form on the ATCEM website.
There are several categories of nominations for you to choose from: Individual, New Environmental Professional, Lifetime Achievement Award, or Community/Group.
For more information or to make a nomination, click here.