Sitka School Board members held a work session Monday night to dig through results from a recent report that seeks to measure student and staff attitudes about school environment. The “Climate and Connectedness” survey covers school safety, parent and teacher involvement, and other things that affect learning, said Jenni Lefing, an Association of Alaska School Boards representative who briefed the board on the results.
Read the full article here. (from the Daily Sitka Sentinel)
Teens who are victims of cyberbullying are more likely to have mental health and substance use problems, while regular family dinners appear to moderate these negative health effects, a JAMA Pediatrics study suggests.
Read more here.
Healthy Futures is the signature program of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. The goal is simple: empower Alaska’s youth to build the habit of daily physical activity. Over 16,000 Alaskan youth from over 160 elementary schools statewide participate in the Healthy Futures Challenge.
Find out more about the program here.
Teacher training for the Fourth R Healthy Relationships Curriculum will be held in Anchorage on Friday, October 17, 2014 in conjunction with the 2014 Alaska School Health and Wellness Institute (October 15 and 16) at the Hilton Hotel.
The Fourth R (R = Relationships) is an evidence-based comprehensive health education curriculum that focuses on healthy relationships and decision-making relevant to adolescents to reduce violence and many of today’s risk behaviors. The program is based on 21 lessons designed for use in grades 7 – 9. Important topics include bullying, personal relationships, peer and dating violence, substance use and abuse and high-risk behaviors.
Teachers that are planning to teach the Fourth R Curriculum for the first time or have already been trained on the Fourth R Curriculum, have used it, and are committed to teaching it during the 2014-2015 school year are welcome to attend. Travel scholarships are available. Contact Patricia•Owen©alaska•gov (Patricia•Owen©alaska•gov)
More information on the School Health and Wellness Institute is available at www.akshwi.com
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has begun its statewide selection process. The two Alaska students will join 102 other delegates March 7-14, 2015, for the program’s 53rd annual Washington Week.
The Alaska selection deadline is: November 07, 2014. The 2015 program brochure with detailed rules, selection process and the annual yearbook may be accessed on the USSYP websitewww.ussenateyouth.org.
It was great news recently, when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced it is asking its 62,000 members to urge parents to read to their children as soon as they’re born. From a pediatrician’s point of view, early out-loud reading is now right up there with breast-feeding and immunizations in terms of far-reaching positive impacts.
Read the full story here. (bestbeginningsalaska.org)
Register for Poetry Out Loud by October 15. The contest starts at the classroom level, moves on to school-wide and state competitions, and then to the national finals. The program encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Poetry Out Loud promotes public speaking skills, self-confidence, and knowledge of our literary heritage.
See http://siteline.vendini.com/juneau-arts-humanities-council/poetry-out-loud. Or contact pol©jahc•org (pol©jahc•org) or 907-269-6610 or 1-888-278-7424.
Registration Now Open!
9th Annual School Heatlth & Wellness Institute
October 15-17, 2014
Hilton Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska
For more information contact: wendy•hamilton©alaska•gov or 465-2768
Middle school students from the North Slope recently a week exploring science with a University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher in Barrow.
See student videos at these links: Day 1: http://youtu.be/BpdnKm5TKJU; Day 2 and 3: http://youtu.be/j4G_8nxyxpQ; Day 4: http://youtu.be/zs4ZuMm6wXI.
Young poet, educator and activist Malcom London performs his stirring poem about life on the front lines of high school. He tells of the “oceans of adolescence” who come to school “but never learn to swim,” of “masculinity mimicked by men who grew up with no fathers.” Beautiful, lyrical, chilling. (View here.) (See other TED Talks on education here.)