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)
FIRST in Alaska (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) supports a network of over 250 robotics teams around the state. It is accepting grant applications to help fund new site, school, and individual teams to join the FIRST LEGO League (grades 4-8) and the FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12).
FIRST teams are similar to sports teams, meeting regularly to practice and prepare for competitions against other schools/teams. Options are available for rural teams to compete virtually. Rookie team grants are generously provided by the MJ Murdock Foundation. Read more about the FIRST program and these grant opportunities at http://www.fllalaska.com/grants or contact Rebecca Soza at rsoza©jedc•org (rsoza©jedc•org) or 907-523-2334 for more information.
Monday-Wednesday, October 26-28, 2015
Hotel Captain Cook
The theme, Healthy Students…Successful Students, highlights the most important reason to focus on student and school health. Healthy students do better academically; they have lower absenteeism, higher graduation rates and fewer behavioral issues. Schools play a critical role in helping Alaska youth learn the tools and receive the help they need to create healthy, happy, successful lives. (More information here)
Bullying is a serious subject, with short and long-term implications for both the victim and the bully. The guide below brings awareness to numerous types of bullying and who may be targeted, while also providing guidance to students, parents, educators and school professionals on how to prevent and stop this debilitating public aggression. Special attention is given to cyberbullying, an ever-growing issue for today’s generation. (Continue reading…)
What are the best skills for kids to have these days?
In today’s technology-driven world, is it best for children to hone their science and math skills to catch up with other countries that outperform the U.S.? Or is it best for them to be more well-rounded, with strong arts and athletic skills as well? Or perhaps parents should instead focus on encouraging less tangible skills in their kids, such as teamwork, logic and basic communication skills. (Continue reading at pew research.org)
Given the expanse of wilderness beyond most Alaska backyards, one would think kids in the 49th state don’t need much in the way of outdoor education. After all, nature is steps away from schools, parks and playgrounds, with near-daily opportunities for enrichment in the ways of wild places. Right? (Continue reading…at Alaska Dispatch News)
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has established a new category of outstanding scholars in career and technical education (CTE). Next summer, the White House will welcome the inaugural class of 20 CTE Scholars, nominated by state education commissioners and selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars.
This year, Alaska’s Presidential Scholars, chosen for academic excellence, are Grant Ackerman of West Valley High School in Fairbanks and Ariel Hasse of Mat-Su Career And Tech High School in Wasilla.
There is lots of talk in education about skills needed for the 21st century workplace. Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, predicts that creative, right-brained people will be in great demand in the 21st century workforce. Our job as parents is to prepare our kids for a future we can only imagine. So, what are 21st century skills exactly? Why do they matter to “art smart” parents and how do we help our kids?
Continue reading here. (from The Kennedy Center-Arts Edge)
Family-engagement practitioners and researchers say educators are adopting systemic and sustained efforts to integrate parents into the fabric of their schools—a welcome shift for advocates who have complained of lip service but scant support for programs they say can have a big impact on student achievement.
Continue reading – at edweek.org.
Do you have a passion for community service? Have you worked hard to solve a local problem, and now want to do more? Apply for the National Child Awareness Month (NCAM) Youth Ambassador Program, a year-long program that helps young leaders (ages 16-22) create change around critical issues facing youth today. Application deadline: June 10, 2015.
For more information, click here.