The Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education established the Inclusive Practice Award to recognize outstanding educators who work to ensure students with disabilities have the opportunity for an inclusive education with their peers as part of the general education curriculum. The award is given each February.
The 2017 winner of the Inclusive Practice Award is the Service High School Partners Club.
View the press release here.
Governor Bill Walker has challenged Alaskans to address student achievement gaps and increase our graduation rate by making sure every student has equal opportunity to learn and succeed. To meet the Alaska Education Challenge, the State Board of Education is leading a highly participatory process with the public. It will result in recommendations to the Governor and Legislature by year’s end.
The Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) began by surveying the public starting February 1, asking Alaskans to share their ideas for topics for public education reform. To date, 775 Alaskans have responded to the survey and provided over 11,000 ideas for topics. In a survey to be published in mid-March, DEED will ask the public to rank those topics by priority. Alaskans are encouraged to express their priorities for public education reform in an online survey at https://gov.alaska.gov/education-challenge. The survey closes on February 28.
The public will be able to follow the process and participate through the Alaska Education Challenge website: https://gov.alaska.gov/education-challenge. All meetings will be open to the public, and meeting documents will be made available online.
What is culturally responsive social and emotional learning and how can it support the work you do with youth in Alaska?
Please join the Association of Alaska School Boards Thursday, Feb. 23 from 12:00pm-1:00pm to explore both of these questions in the webinar “Culturally Responsive and Embedded Social and Emotional Learning”. During the webinar, we’ll:
* Define social and emotional learning (SEL)
* Highlight strategies for building SEL skills in culturally diverse groups of youth
* Describe how the culture of a community can shape what SEL looks like in schools and/or organizations in that community
* Hear from the Bering Strait School District about using community feedback to move from a general SEL approach to a culturally responsive SEL that is place-based and reflective of their community.
This webinar will be useful for people working with youth in both the school setting and in out of school time. For more information, click here.
The Alaska Initiative for Community Engagement with Association of Alaska School Boards is seeking a motivated Community Engagement Educator that has passion for supporting youth success, school improvement, culture in schools, trauma-informed approaches and community engagement throughout Alaska. This position supports statewide community engagement and school improvement efforts through facilitating, coaching, training, planning, and coordinating efforts to strengthen communities and advocate for youth.
This position works closely with local community champions, school personnel, community based organizations, tribal organizations, and strengthens developmental assets in the community.
We are interested in candidates who are interested in traveling and partnering with both communities and school districts to integrate cultural and educational best practices.
See the full announcement at the AASB website.
Paul Campbell has received the 2016 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for Alaska. Mr. Campbell teaches first and second grade at Chester Valley Elementary in the Anchorage School District. He was notified of the $25,000 award in a surprise ceremony November 22 attended by Alaska Education Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson, Anchorage Superintendent Dr. Deena Paramo, Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley, Principal Adrianne Grenier, and the staff and students of Chester Valley Elementary.
“Congratulations to Paul Campbell, recipient of Alaska’s 2016 Milken Educator Award,” said Commissioner Johnson, who received the Milken Educator Award in 2008. “Being recognized by the prestigious Milken Family Foundation was one of the greatest honors of my career. Having the opportunity to participate in this Milken Award notification is an even greater honor. Great teachers like Paul Campbell are, and always will be, the foundation of providing an excellent education for every student every day.”
See http://www.milkeneducatorawards.org/newsroom/videos/view/30-years-of-surprises-alaska for a video of Alaska Milken awardees.
The United States Senate Youth Program has begun its statewide selection process. In March, two Alaska students will join 104 other delegates for Washington Week – an intensive educational program about the workings of the Senate and the federal government overall.
Alaska’s eligible students must be high school juniors or seniors, an elected student officer for the entire 2016-2017 academic year, and state residents. Applications are due by 4 p.m. November 1.
See https://education.alaska.gov/recognitionprograms. The Alaska contact is Dr. Bjorn Wolter at 907-465-6542 and bjorn•wolter©alaska•gov (bjorn•wolter©alaska•gov)
Do you have youth projects, campaigns or initiatives coming up this school year that could use youth voice or review by a group of professional and passionate young people? Please take a moment to review the below description of YAHA and consider working with us!
What is YAHA? The Youth Alliance for a Healthier Alaska is a group of teens (14-18 years of age) from across the state that provides youth review and feedback on youth-targeted campaigns, projects, and publications. We also respond to important teen issues such as substance abuse, suicide, violence, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, nutrition, and fitness through community based interventions.
Find out more about YAHA and how you can work together, here!