On April 26th, across the state, communities will rise as one to Honor Our Children.
This is the right time and we are the right people to get up and stand up for our kids. This is an Alaska Native led event open to everyone; it is a grassroots initiative where all in our communities are welcome to participate so long as children are at the center. The goal of this statewide effort is to bring us together so that we grow strong, culturally connected, empowered and loved children who are ready to lead us into the future.
For more information on this statewide effort, visit the Alaska Federation of Natives website.
The more words children are exposed to in their first few years, the better they fare in school and in life. Earlier this year, Best Beginnings launched Words Count to encourage parents to talk, sing, read, and play with their young children every day.
Visit Best Beginnings for more info and to subscribe to their e-newsletter, and connect on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BestBeginnings.
After I wrote “5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew,” parents started filling my inbox with the things they wish teachers knew — and why not? The ideal parent-teacher conference is an opportunity to give and take, a time and place for both teachers and parents to share their observations.
Take a peek at what the parents who got in touch wish their children’s teachers knew, here. (by Jessica Lahey, for the NY Times)
Parenting a teen is not easy. Many outside influences distract our youth and add challenges to parenting efforts. Youth need adults who are there for them—people who connect with them, communicate with them, spend time with them, and show a genuine interest in them.
By engaging in positive parenting practices, parents can help their adolescent make healthy choices. Find out more at the CDC website.
AASB is pleased to announce the 12 recipients of the 2014 June Nelson Memorial Scholarship! AASB would like to thank the 101 students who submitted an application and the scholarship committee (made up of board of directors and staff) who reviewed them.
AASB would also like to extend a scholarship to one past recipient based on her essay.
The goal of the Alaska Teacher of the Year program is to honor a teacher who provides exceptional service to the students of today, the leaders of tomorrow. Nominate a teacher in your district who exemplifies excellence in the classroom; a teacher who demonstrates the characteristics and professionalism representative of all teachers in Alaska. Submit his/her name for consideration as Alaska’s Teacher of the Year.
For complete details, click here.
This 2013-2014 school year, AASB will award ten graduating seniors each with a $1,200 scholarship to apply toward their post-secondary education. The scholarship may be applied toward the student’s choice of a business, trade, or college institution. Deadline to apply is March 17, 2014.
For complete application details, click here.
Dan Walker, an Assistant Superintendent in Lower Kuskokwim School District, is highlighted in an Education Week article for his efforts to expand technology and digital connectivity throughout the district.
Read the EdWeek article here. (edweek.org)
Accepting applications now through June 20, 2014
ANTHC $5000 Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year is now open. Awards go towards the academic Fall 2014-Summer 2015 school year. This scholarship may be used for tuition, books, and fees for professional certificate programs or higher education degrees (Associates, Bachelors, Graduate and PhDs). ANTHC grants these scholarships as an integral part of its long-term strategy to increase Alaska Natives and American Indians in the healthcare field.
For complete information, and to apply, click here.
Teenagers who say no one takes them seriously should take a good look at the response a group of teens from St. Paul Island got for keeping a close eye on kelp and crab.
The students were honored last week at a gala in Anchorage for their continuous dedication and efforts to tracking native marine species around the Pribilof Islands. The Pribilof Student Marine Research Team, which is made up of more than 20 students, several student marine research assistants, and five staff members, collectively received a youth leadership award for their efforts over the past five years to track several marine species in the area. They were honored specifically for their contributions in discovering a second sample of an extremely rare species of kelp and for research on crab stocks.
Read the full story, written by Joseph Miller, here. (The Bristol Bay Times)