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.)
The Cup’ik language is about to get its biggest audience yet. A new app has been developed to help Cup’ik students learn their language and show it off to the entire world.
Read (and listen to) the story here. (kyuk.org)
A global initiative led by NASA to develop ways to better predict earthquakes will soon get legs in Kodiak. And some of its data crunchers will be Kodiak High School students.
“We will have some NASA interns coming here this fall,” Kodiak Island Borough School District Stewart McDonald told the Mirror. “They’re going to be installing the earthquake sensors that talk to the satellites. They will be installed right here we’ll have students working on these projects directly with the scientific community.”
Read the full article here.
Those of us pushing for community change know that community members are the engine of systemic changes in the attitudes, norms and behaviors that are necessary for big systems reform. So why is it so hard to engage the community? How hard should organizations like mine push leaders to increase community engagement in these complex collective impact partnerships? What tricks can we offer when they say they’ve already tried?
Read Karen Pittman’s, President and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, full article here.
More than 22,000 young children – 41% of the estimated 53,996 children in Alaska under age 5 – are now enrolled in Imagination Library. The two newest affiliates are Chevak and Ninilchik. Best Beginnings’ approach is that Imagination Library is more than a book delivery program. It’s a way to get whole families and communities involved in early literacy – and help to ensure children begin school ready to succeed.
Find out more here.