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.

Learn more about our statewide partnerships.




Community Engagement Educator Position

ice logo no backgroundAssociation of Alaska School Boards’ Initiative for Community Engagement (Alaska ICE) seeks a motivated individual who is passionate about community engagement and advocating for youth.  The CEE, as a part of the ICE team, provides direct education and technical assistance to schools, communities, and organizations throughout Alaska. This position, funded through the Alaska Native Education Program grant, works to increase community support for positive youth development and success in school. Responsibilities include community engagement and planning, coaching and technical assistance for statewide partners, presentations and capacity building with school districts, youth leadership, and culturally-specific experience within Alaska.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors degree (Masters preferred); at least 3 years of professional training or teaching experience and 2 years of project management; experience working in rural Alaska and familiarity with Alaska Native culture; strong interpersonal and writing skills; experience and interest in using technology.  Juneau location preferred; must be willing to travel all over Alaska with limited accommodations.  217-day work year.  Competitive salary/benefits.  Equal opportunity employer.  Background check required.

Email cover letter and resumé to aasb©aasb•org  (dmiller©aasb•org)   before 3/06/2015.

Youth Advocacy Institute a Success

P1040322The Youth Advocacy Institute (YAI) that took place Feb. 7-10 in conjunction with the AASB Leadership Fly-in was a great success! Students from across the state interested in government, education issues, and how to share their voices with legislators on concerns in their school districts and communities arrived in Juneau eager to participate.

Throughout the weekend YAI attendees engaged in workshops on current legislation, the legislative process, and effective communication. Students also met with school board members and their state representatives at the capitol, and took part in a mock hearing with legislative staff.

View more photos here.





YAHA Seeking New Youth Members

yahaThe Youth Alliance for a Healthier Alaska (YAHA) is a group of diverse, energetic teens ages 14-18 from across Alaska. They are interested in health and are enthusiastic about shaping how our state responds to youth issues.

The mission of YAHA is to advise the Adolescent Health Program and other health programs in Alaska, and to create interventions designed to improve the lives of adolescents in Alaska.

The application is due March 16, 2015.
For more information and to apply, click here.

Online SEL Toolkit for Parents

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 12.47.51 PM NBC News created a website dedicated to encouraging and supporting your child’s social and emotional development, with tips and guides, growth charts organized by grade (pre-K – 12), news and other resources.

Social and emotional intelligence involves understanding your feelings and behaviors, as well as those of others, and applying this knowledge to your interactions and relationships. Research has shown that those with high emotional intelligence have better attention skills and fewer leScreen Shot 2015-02-05 at 12.51.47 PMarning problems, and are generally more successful in academic and workplace settings.

Visit the website.

AASB Executive Director Vacancy

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Letter from AASB President Andi Story

The Association of Alaska School Boards is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director. The new Executive Director is expected to take office late April, 2015. The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer, manages all of the programs and provides leadership for the Association in its work with the membership, partner organizations and Alaska communities.

Applicants should provide the AASB Executive Search Committee with a letter of interest and resume.

Application material should be sent to:
Association of Alaska School Boards
1111 West 9th Street
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: (907) 463-1660  
Email: raguilar©aasb•org  (raguilar©aasb•org)  

For more information, please view the complete brochure

Senator Murkowski is now accepting applications for her 2015 Summer High School Internship Program

Each year, Senator Murkowski invites a total of twenty newly-graduated Alaskan high school students to intern in her office to learn about the workings of the U.S. Senate, the legislative process, and legislation that affects Alaska. There are two sessions: June 1 to June 26 and July 6 to July 31, 2015.

Applications should be faxed to 202-224-530, Attention: Intern Coordinator.
The deadline to apply is March 12, 2015. 

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Proper fitness means healthy kids

IMG_6353Being healthy involves more than just eating well—it’s also important to help your children develop an active lifestyle. By making exercise a part of your daily routine, you can set a good example and show them that exercise is important to you.

See more here.

Why Schools Teach Social Emotional Learning

If your children’s school seems to suddenly be devoting its time and resources to something called SEL, it may be leaving you wondering what happened to good old reading, writing and arithmetic (or even that new darling, coding). You’re not alone. SEL stands for social emotional learning, and it’s a hot topic at the moment among educators with good reason.

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New Book Published by ‘Strong Man’ Author Ishmael Hope

Alaska Native poet, playwright and storyteller Ishmael Hope is proud to announce the publication of his first collection of poetry, CourtesanCourtesans-Cover-300x217-300x210s of Flounder Hill.

In describing Courtesans of Flounder Hill, publisher Ishmael Reed said, “A descendent of our first storytellers, Ishmael Hope’s poetry reaches back thousands of years and jumps forth into the twenty-first century.”

This is Hope’s second published book. He previously teamed up with Athabascan illustrator Dimi Macheras to create the graphic novel, Strong Man, a unique presentation of a traditional Alaska Native story that chronicles a young man’s high school struggles and triumphs, and promotes traditional cultural values as a foundation for youth achievement.

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What role should digital devices play in the lives of young children?

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 2.09.40 PMBabies today are born into a world of digital devices. And parents are trying to navigate this new reality—specifically figuring out what role these new gadgets should play in the lives of their young children.

ZERO TO THREE has developed Screen Sense:  Setting the Record Straight—Research-based Guidelines for Screen Use for Children Under 3 Years Old. This new free resource, written in partnership with leading researchers in the field of media and young children, is an authoritative review of what is known about the effect of screen media on young children’s learning and development.

Get more information, including 5 Myths about Young Children and Screen Media, here.

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