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.
Infoaboutkids.org 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.
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…)
“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…)
“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?
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 http://digitalnais.org/.
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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Alaska Sea Grant is inviting teachers to arrange science field trips this spring and register the trips at a new website, Get Your Feet Wet. Classes can visit a beach, stream, pond, marsh, the tundra, or any wet environment.
The program’s website offers teachers resources and tips for learning activities about Alaska’s marine and aquatic environments. After students participate in field trips, they can share highlights, post photos, and add their schools to a map online. So far, more than 40 teachers in 21 communities, from Akutan to Ketchikan, have registered their classes and described their field trip plans.
Teachers can register their classes during April and May at https://seagrant.uaf.edu/marine-ed/workshops/2016/get-your-feet-wet/. For more information, contact Marilyn Sigman at 907-274-9612 or marilyn•sigman©alaska•edu (marilyn•sigman©alaska•edu) .
Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a new youth exhibit of Northwest Coast art during the biennial Celebration in an effort to increase the number of youth making high quality pieces and to share their work with the public. Cash awards will be made to schools of the winners for art supplies to be used by schools or organizations for future instruction in Northwest Coast art. All youth chosen to exhibit will receive a specially-made Juried Art Show T-shirt and winners also will receive a certificate.
The competition is open to all youth in grades 6-12. The youth exhibit will open on June 3 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center and run in conjunction with Celebration, scheduled June 8-11. Applications are due April 15.
This five day AAEC Special Topics Institute will be held in Point Hope in the North Slope School District. It is the fifth in a five year cycle featuring the cultural arts and traditions of Alaska Native people. Participants will experience ancient and contemporary art forms of the Arctic region, including such forms as singing, Inupiaq dancing, drumming, drawing, etching, weaving, and carving. Elders and Cultural Specialists will share knowledge and stories throughout the institute. All participants will draft a unit integrating culture and the arts with a content area. Participants earn 3 graduate or undergraduate credits.