Alaskans Changing Together is a BOLD call to action for all communities throughout Alaska to form Wellness Coalitions in their community. ACT was launched at Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) by John Baker with Governor Walker.
Join the movement to empower Alaskans to establish wellness goals, to encourage their families, friends and neighbors, and to prevent abuse, neglect, suicide and suffering in their communities. It is time for us as Alaskans to stand up as one and ACT!
Amy Jo Meiners, who teaches extended learning at Auke Bay Elementary and Riverbend Elementary in the Juneau School District, has been named Alaska Teacher of the Year for 2016. Frances Roberts, who teaches mathematics at Homer High School in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, has been named Alternate Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations to Amy Jo, Frances, and all nominees for your outstanding efforts!
Teens across the country are invited to create a 30- to 90-second video with their unique interpretation of the 2016 teen slogan Get in the Game – Read related to reading and libraries. This is an opportunity for teens to showcase their creativity and have their ideas heard before a national audience.
The winning video from each participating state will be named one of the Collaborative Summer Library Program 2016 Teen Videos to promote summer reading nationwide. Creators of the winning state video will receive $150, and their associated public library will receive prizes worth at least $50. Winners will be announced in April 2016. See http://library.alaska.gov/srp/home.html
This is the 23rd annual writing contest for young readers in Grades 4 – 12. Participants may choose a fiction or nonfiction book, a poem or a play to write about. The theme for 2015-2016 is: How did an author’s work change your view of the world or yourself?
The first-ever digital book to support multi-lingual and multi-level learning has been launched in Alaska. What’s Up with Whales? is the first stand-alone interactive digital book of its kind to feature three self-contained Lexile™ measured reading levels that can be adjusted to match a reader’s ability, in both English and Spanish languages.
“This literacy innovation enables personalized reading, in your language, at your level,” said Dr. Robert Whicker, Director of the Association of Alaska School Boards’ Consortium for Digital Learning (CDL), a project sponsor. Whicker and CDL Project Coordinator Steve Nelson collaborated with Alaska author Shelley Gill, and New Zealand media production company Kiwa Digital to develop the book.
This report examines, from the perspective of young people themselves, the roles that relationships with adults and peers play in decisions about staying in, leaving and returning to high school. (Continue reading here…)
Michele Yatchmeneff traveled from Anchorage to Arizona State University. Matt Calhoun went to college on the East coast at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut.
Neither would get their undergraduate degrees from those schools. Because there, they both said, they didn’t feel like they fit in. As Alaska Native students, they made up a very slim minority. They left and returned to Alaska, but that wasn’t the end of their educational careers. (Continue reading here…from adn.com)
President Obama’s trip to Alaska this week has brought new attention to climate change and energy production and the name of the nation’s highest mountain. But some in Alaska are hoping that the president’s visit also helps shine a light on the needs of the state’s public education system.
…Brown said that the state’s massive achievement gaps are rooted partly in history: Schools, for generations, were places that sought to break indigenous peoples’ connections with their language, their culture and their heritage. Now many educators want to help young Alaska Natives rebuild those connections.
(Continue reading at washingtonpost.com)
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (JAHC) to support 2016 Poetry Out Loud, a free high school program that encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This dynamic program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage, and compete for more $100,000 in awards.
Jenni lefing says a survey means nothing if it just sits on a shelf. That’s why she’s been all over Nome, sharing the results of the Alaska School Climate and Connectedness Survey.
“If students and staff feel safe at school, if they feel respected, if they think that students and other people in the community care about them — then the research shows those students are more likely to graduate and be successful at school and after school,” Lefing said. (Continue reading)