delta classroomAlaska ICE: Empowering Communities to Help Youth Succeed

Alaska ICE actively partners with schools and communities, building positive youth-adult relationships and healthier school and community climates to help kids achieve academic and social success.

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Baranov Museum Features Films by Kodiak Students

The Baranov Museum recently featured a premiere of student films in the Fishstory Film Festival. Kodiak students in grades 6-12 in the Summer History and Film Class interviewed community members; conducted research; and shot, directed, and edited their own films on the science and history of Kodiak’s fishing industry.

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Technology Counts – Transforming the Classroom

anch computerTechnology Counts 2016 explores the complexity of creating meaningful technological change in American classrooms, drawing on the results of an exclusive survey of K-12 educators on their use of technology.

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Language gap between rich and poor children begins in infancy

Fifty years of research has revealed the sad truth that the children of lower-income, less-educated parents typically enter school with poorer language skills than their more privileged counterparts. By some measures, 5-year-old children of lower socioeconomic status score more than two years behind on standardized language development tests by the time they enter school.

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Why Social and Emotional Learning Is Essential for Students

sel doc with asd Today’s schools are increasingly multicultural and multilingual with students from diverse social and economic backgrounds. Educators and community agencies serve students with different motivation for engaging in learning, behaving positively, and performing academically. Social and emotional learning (SEL) provides a foundation for safe and positive learning, and enhances students’ ability to succeed in school, careers, and life.

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Resources on healthy youth development

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 4.46.23 is an ongoing collaboration of the Consortium for Science-Based Information on Children, Youth and Families. The goal is to promote healthy child and family development by highlighting science-based information for those who care for, or work with, children. The website, updated quarterly, links to other well-established, trustworthy websites for parents, other caregivers, and health professionals.


Kenai educators honored by United States Distance Learning Association

Two Kenai Peninsula Borough School District educators were honored by the United States Distance Learning Association in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 10. Rob Sparks of Soldotna Prep School and Greg Zorbas of Kenai Central High School received the Best Practices Gold Level award for excellence in distance learning teaching, for their innovation and excellence in “Videoconferencing Technology – K-12 Education.”

“Greg and Rob have long been leaders in utilizing technology to expand learning opportunities for our students,” said Sean Dusek, Superintendent. “They have also worked very hard to meet individual student needs every day and have leveraged videoconferencing to do this.” (Continue reading…)

Emotions Help Steer Students’ Learning, Studies Find

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 4.59.34 PMDespite what Star Trek’s Mr. Spock would have you think, emotions are not the enemy of reason. Rather, new research suggests emotions underpin how students learn in the classroom.

“People think of emotion getting in the way of cognition, but it doesn’t. Emotion steers our thinking; it’s the rudder that directs our mind and organizes what we need to do,” said Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, an associate professor of education, psychology, and neuroscience at the University of Southern California, in an interview with Education Week. (Continue reading…)

We’re asking the wrong questions about early childhood education

dillingham earlylearn 1“Pre-K for all” sounds great. America’s public schools are the engine of equal opportunity and giving kids the chance to get an early start by expanding public pre-K seems like a sensible idea that anyone who cares about kids would support.

So does pre-K work? We don’t know — and it’s wrong question to be asking in the first place. Instead, the critical question is: what are the most effective early interventions for improving disadvantaged children’s lives?
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Workshops Focus on Digital Research in Native American Studies

The Digital Native American Studies Project proposes to offer three-day workshops that will educate participants on issues of digital humanities research and methodology in the context of Native American Studies. The tentative schedule includes a workshop in fall 2016 at Northern Arizona University focusing on access, preservation, and methodology related to the use of digitized cultural heritage materials in the context of tribal communities and cultures located west of the Mississippi River. Also a workshop in spring 2017 at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis focusing on pedagogy and the application of Digital Native Studies research and method in undergraduate, graduate, and extracurricular classrooms regardless of geographical context. Limited funding will be available to offset the cost of attending the workshops. See

Nominations for Alaska Teacher of the Year are Due by April 29

The Alaska Teacher of the Year program honors a teacher who provides exceptional service to students. Nominate a teacher who exemplifies excellence in the classroom, a teacher who demonstrates the characteristics and professionalism of all teachers. Nominations are due by April 29, 2016.

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