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.




Youth Voice: An Educational Movement that Advances Social and Emotional Learning

2015 Spirit of Youth Award Recipients

2015 Spirit of Youth Award Recipients

Youth voice refers to the ideas, opinions, attitudes, knowledge, and actions of young people. Engaging youth voice is considered an essential element of effective organizational development among community and youth-serving organizations.

Learn more about youth voice and how organizations and programs are encouraging it, here. (

Visit the Spirit of Youth website, an Alaska organization that is dedicated to creating, promoting, and recognizing youth involvement and youth voice!

Special Report on Early Literacy

srbuildingliteracy-cover200x272The state of reading instruction in grades K-3

Early-grades reading instruction has long been a central point of emphasis—and concern—for educators and policymakers. That’s in large part owing to a provocative body of research showing that students who don’t read with proficiency by the end of 3rd grade are far more likely to experience poor academic outcomes, including leaving school without a diploma. This Education Week special report takes a wide-ranging look at new efforts to address the challenges of early-grades reading instruction.

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The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 4.39.48 PMGet a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities.

Check this page weekly to get the latest updates! (from

Alaska ICE in LKSD today

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Heather Coulehan (Alaska ICE’s new Community Engagement Educator) working with students and parents at family activities in Napakiak, AK.

Beyond Education Wars

For the last dozen years, waves of idealistic Americans have campaigned to reform and improve K-12 education. Yet I wonder if the education reform movement hasn’t peaked. K-12 education is an exhausted, bloodsoaked battlefield. It’s Agincourt, the day after. So a suggestion: Refocus some reformist passions on early childhood.

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Arts Education Consortium Offers Summer Institutes

aaec logo_smThe Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) is offering summer institutes. The theme of each institute centers around arts and culture; all participants will be kept thinking, laughing, creating, and challenging themselves throughout the one or two weeks together. All institutes are led by highly qualified artists-educators and by traditional cultural elders and artists. Registrations will close when full; register now if you want to be part of these highly engaging and classroom applicable experiences. See

The Magic of Everyday Moments – Video Series

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 11.43.29 AMHow do you help parents and students of child development understand how they can best help young children thrive? Seeing is believing in multiple video series from Zero to Three that focus on development, literacy skills, school readiness, and more!

Visit the Zero to Three video series page here.

Rally at Capitol in Juneau draws attention to education funding

ktva eduA crowd of about 500 people tried to breach the invisible bubble that surrounds the State Capitol during the legislative session.

Parents, with children in tow, as well as longtime education advocates, gathered in the courtyard across from the Capitol on a blustery Saturday afternoon.
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The gender gap in reading

school_clipart_booksA new study from the Brookings Institution finds that based on eight estimates of U.S. national reading performance, girls consistently outscore boys, as they have for decades. It also finds gaps are shrinking.  At age nine, the gap on the NAEP Long Term Trend (NAEP-LTT) between girls and boys declined from 13 scale score points in 1971 to five in 2012, with smaller gap shrinkages at ages 13 and 17. (Continue reading…)

Gratitude is Good for Athletes

In this presentation at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Teri McKeever explains why gratitude is good for athletes, and how she has tried to foster it as a swim coach. (from the Greater Good Science Center)

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