Science! Technology! Engineering! Mathematics! Some people want to look the other way with just the thought of the complexity of these subjects. Others jump into them headfirst. Both groups, as well as those in the middle of this spectrum, benefit from advances in these fields. Recent employment studies demonstrate that STEM careers in Alaska will outpace all other careers for the foreseeable future.
Read Mike Fenster’s article here. (Alaska Dispatch – Oct. 16)
The Alaska Afterschool Network will sponsor a Lights On Afterschool celebration October 23, 2014 (1:30-2:00pm). The celebration will be one of more than 34 celebrations across Alaska – joining 8,000 such events around the nation.
Nearly 25,000 kids in Alaska participate in afterschool programs, unfortunately another 39,000 kids would participate in an afterschool program if one were available to them. Afterschool programs provide kids with safe places to develop skills needed to compete in today’s workforce. (More on The Alaska Afterschool Network)
Open to All Rural Alaska Communities: This program provides grant funding to community-based organizations to engage Alaska Native youth ages 12-17 in:
• Youth leadership development, or
• Culture camps or cultural identity projects.
Federally recognized tribal organizations or 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in rural Alaskan communities are eligible to apply. Deadline: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 Project Timeline: November 18, 2014 – April 30, 2015. More info here. (RurAL CAP)
Encourage young boys and girls to run, jump, squeal, hop and chase after each other or after erratically kicked balls, and you substantially improve their ability to think, according to the most ambitious study ever conducted of physical activity and cognitive performance in children. The results underscore, yet again, the importance of physical activity for children’s brain health and development, especially in terms of the particular thinking skills that most affect academic performance. (Continue reading …)
Registration is open for the Alaska Region of the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. It is sponsored by Young Emerging Artists, a nonprofit organization.
The competition is open to grade 7-12 students in public, private, or home schools throughout Alaska. Students must submit work no later than December 20. Registration is free. But there is a fee for submissions: $5 per individual submission, with no limit on the number of individual submissions; and $20 for portfolios, with a limit of two per individual in both art and writing. For more information, see http://www.artsandwriting.org.
Committee for Children’s Second Step programs can help you create a safe and supportive school community with social-emotional skills, bullying prevention, and child protection. There are a series of webinars coming up focusing on these topics. All webinars are free and take 30-60 minutes.
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.
Roberto Rivera leads The Good Life Alliance PBC, an organization that publishes multi-media educational tools and trains educators, youth workers, and parents to connect positive youth development to community development.
Written by family and community engagement experts Karen L. Mapp and Paul J. Kuttner, Partners in Education addresses an important challenge for educators: principals and teachers report that they value relationships with families, yet they receive little training for engaging families and say that they feel underprepared to develop these partnerships.
Find out more, and read the report, here. (www.sedl.org)