northstar elemAlaska 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.


“High School Training Ground”

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 3.14.21 PMYoung poet, educator and activist Malcom London performs his stirring poem about life on the front lines of high school. He tells of the “oceans of adolescence” who come to school “but never learn to swim,” of “masculinity mimicked by men who grew up with no fathers.” Beautiful, lyrical, chilling. (View here.) (See other TED Talks on education here.)


Interactive Cup’ik Storybooks Teach Next Generation

milly molly bikeThe Cup’ik language is about to get its biggest audience yet. A new app has been developed to help Cup’ik students learn their language and show it off to the entire world.

Read (and listen to) the story here. (

Kodiak High works with NASA on earthquake predictions

A global initiative led by NASA to develop ways to better predict earthquakes will soon get legs in Kodiak. And some of its data crunchers will be Kodiak High School students.

“We will have some NASA interns coming here this fall,” Kodiak Island Borough School District Stewart McDonald told the Mirror. “They’re going to be installing the earthquake sensors that talk to the satellites. They will be installed right here we’ll have students working on these projects directly with the scientific community.”

Read the full article here.

Putting the Community into Community Engagement

Those of us pushing for community change know that community members are the engine of systemic changes in the attitudes, norms and behaviors that are necessary for big systems reform. So why is it so hard to engage the community? How hard should organizations like mine push leaders to increase community engagement in these complex collective impact partnerships? What tricks can we offer when they say they’ve already tried?

Read Karen Pittman’s, President and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, full article here.

Imagination Library in 111 Alaska communities!

BestBeglogoMore than 22,000 young children – 41% of the estimated 53,996 children in Alaska under age 5 – are now enrolled in Imagination Library.  The two newest affiliates are Chevak and Ninilchik. Best Beginnings’ approach is that Imagination Library is more than a book delivery program. It’s a way to get whole families and communities involved in early literacy – and help to ensure children begin school ready to succeed.

Find out more here.

The Heart-Brain Connection of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 8.39.34 AMIn this video, neuroscientist Richard Davidson presents his research on how social and emotional learning can affect the brain.

Watch it here.

Video Playlist: Building Teacher-Parent Relationships

Screen Shot 2012-11-19 at 6.12.18 PMA host of short videos that highlight the importance of building parent-teacher partnerships in raising student achievement.

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Key Takeaways in Early Science Education

kodiak cdlThe Education Commission of the States has published a short paper promoting science education in the early grades.

See their work here. (

Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into High School

At Jameisha’s South Side Chicago high school, a full-on commitment to social and emotional learning, or SEL, has transformed the environment from a nightmare of urban violence to a place where students dream of college. And although the circumstances and challenges may differ at other public secondary schools, around the nation we are seeing a new recognition that social and emotional factors markedly affect academic engagement, achievement, and educational attainment in the adolescent years.

Read the full story here. (

Little Kids, Big Questions: A Parenting Podcast Series From ZERO TO THREE

Napakiak Family Night smZERO TO THREE’s podcast series, Little Kids, Big Questions, addresses some of the most common (and challenging) issues facing parents of babies and toddlers, such as: helping a baby learn to sleep through the night; dealing with a picky eater; and learning to set limits on children’s behavior. (Available in English and Spanish)

Listen to the podcasts here. (

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