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.
Inupiaq Cultural Arts Flyer
The 2015 School Climate and Connectedness Survey (SCCS) was taken this past spring by 38,406 students and 7,957 staff from 292 schools in 28 Alaska school districts.
2015 Statewide Highlights Include:
- School Climate linked to Academic Performance: Significant relationships found between student and staff school climate ratings and the percentage of students (from those schools) meeting standards on the Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP).
- School Climate & Risk Behaviors: For all measures of school climate for students and staff, the higher the ratings, the fewer student risk behaviors were observed at school or school events. (delinquent behaviors & student drug and alcohol use).
- Increase in Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) student ratings from 2010 to 2015.
View the complete infographic here.
· It is open to all middle/high school Alaskan students.
· The poster must be original art and it must include the phrase “This is what my community will look like without violence” written or typed clearly.
· Winners get prizes!!!
· Posters can be scanned and emailed, high resolution please. Or mailed (or hand delivered if you are in the area) to our Juneau office. 130 Seward St., Suite 214 Juneau, Alaska 99801
· Deadline: Friday, April 22 posters must be received electronically or by mail by then. Winners will be notified by Friday, May 6.
For complete details, click here, or go to the Stand Up Speak Up website.
The four Walker children and the five Mallott children are products of Alaska’s public education system. Tessa Walker Linderman, who pursued her master’s and doctorate degrees, says the best teacher she ever had was her Honors English teacher at West High School in Anchorage. Toni Mallott, the lieutenant governor’s wife, taught for two decades in Alaska’s schools.
We have some of the best, most dedicated teachers right here in Alaska. We also have enormous challenges. (Continue reading at Alaska Dispatch)
The 6th annual Justice for All art contest has begun. Alaska students in grades K-8 are invited to interpret in two-dimensional art forms (drawings, paintings, original prints, photographs, etc.) the importance of fairness, diversity, and equality to our justice system. The contest is sponsored by the Alaska Bar Association and the Alaska Court System. Cash prizes will be awarded in the grades K-4 category and in the grades 5-8 category. Winning entries will be displayed in courthouses. The deadline for entries is March 15.
The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) has opened registration for seven arts institutes to be held in summer 2016 in Sitka, Ketchikan, Juneau, Nome, and Fairbanks.
Information about each institute, links to flyers and registration are at www.akartsed.org.
In growing numbers, U.S. high schools see it as their mission to prepare young people for college. But going to university may not be for everyone. What about other career paths after high school, like trade schools and voc-tech.
Airing Tonight on PBS NewsHour: Education Week Reports: VocEd 2.0–Getting Students
College- or Career-Ready. (Check Your Local Listings)
From now until March 15, students in grades 6-12 are invited to name two new Alaska state ferries, and submit an essay explaining the choice.. According to statute, each ferry must be christened after one of Alaska’s 745 named glaciers. The two winning essays will be displayed on the respective ferries. Two winners will be chosen—one from the 6th-8th grade group; another from the 9th-12th grade group. The two students with winning essays will receive an award certificate in their classroom, presented by Governor Walker, Lt. Governor Mallott, or Commissioner Marc Luiken. Complete information is at FerryAlaska.com/contest.
Some 8th-graders in Nenana have won the Best-in-State award in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge for their app concept EDU@HOME. The students are now trying to win the Fan Favorite award, which would send them to Nashville, Tennessee, to create their app with MIT professionals. The way to win the Fan Favorite Award is to have the most votes. To vote for the Nenana students, text “EDU2” to the number 22333 by January 31.
3 Minute Video:
30 Second Commercial:
News Miner Article by Kris Capps
The Sitka Youth Leadership Committee (SYLC) is excited to announce the launch of its “I AM” CAMPAIGN! This social-media-based campaign promotes respect, celebrates diversity, and connects youth across Alaska. It encourages young Alaskans to embrace their strengths, be proud of their unique qualities, and challenge stereotypes.
As part of the “I AM” CAMPAIGN, SYLC created a video where members talk about their personal experiences of “being put in a box” and challenge others to call out stereotypes. Look for posters, a movie theater ad, and radio PSAs as part of this campaign!
For more information, go to SYLC’s website, facebook, and instagram.