Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 10.38.44 AMAlaska 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.


Imagination Library linked to school performance

imagination_libraryScientific studies have now confirmed what we have always suspected about Imagination Library:

  • Participating children are better prepared for kindergarten, and the earlier they’re enrolled, the better.
  • The effect lingers: participating children score higher on third grade reading tests

Read the full article here. (Best Beginnings Alaska)

Living Gratefully


From the Greater Good Science Center – Read 6 Habits of Highly Grateful People here.

From a Student’s Eyes Multi-media Contest

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 9.05.07 AMA contest for Alaskan public school students to share their perspectives on how school positively impacts their lives. Students may submit one entry (either a poster, photograph or video) that depicts how their public school has inspired or motivated them academically, socially and/or emotionally. The deadline is Dec. 23, 2013.

For complete information, go to the NEA-Alaska website.
Informational poster

What schools can do to help boys succeed

If boys are restive and unfocused, we must look for ways to help them do better. Here are three suggestions.
(Read the story from Time Magazine)

Forty-nine Schools Recognized as Alaska Reward Schools

Of 507 public schools in Alaska, the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development has recognized 49 public schools as 2013 Reward Schools to honor their student achievement from the 2012-2013 school year. Reward Schools are recognized in two categories: highest performing and high progress. This year, 31 schools are highest-performing and 37 schools are high progress. Nineteen schools are being recognized in both categories, making a total of 49 schools to be named Reward Schools.

“It is a pleasure to announce Alaska’s Reward Schools for 2013, an achievement shared by their families and educators,” said Alaska Education Commissioner Mike Hanley.
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Take time to recognize, award youth

soy alaska dayAlaska’s Spirit of Youth campaign calls on community leaders, teachers, school board members, parents and adults to recognize the efforts of youth serving their local communities. It only takes a few minutes out of your day, but could deliver a motivational boost for a youth or youth group, and inspire others to follow.

Recognize a youth on Alaska Day!

Teaching for Triumph: True Grit

Hands UpQuestions for teachers and parents: How can we cultivate a fusion of perseverance and passion? How can we help students to not just succeed, but to find joy in their success?

Read this article by a former Arkansas teacher of the year to find out his answer. (

2013 SCCS Statewide Report

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 2.36.21 PMThe 2013 School Climate and Connectedness Survey Statewide Report is in! The School Climate and Connectedness Survey is a tool to gauge and improve overall school climate and raise student achievement.Twenty-four school districts took part in the 2013 SCCS, including 266 schools, 29,225 students and 6,669 staff. View the report here.

Student article highlights the Strength of Our Youth

Chugiak High School student and Anchorage School District Student Advisory Board President, Tasha Boyer wrote a Compass piece on the Strength of Our Youth for the Anchorage Daily News, highlighting many positives that are often overshadowed in the media.  Read her article here.

Register Youth for AASB’s 23rd Annual Leadership Institute

yli 2012 picAASB’s 23nd annual Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) will bring young people together from across the state to develop and practice their leadership skills. YLI runs concurrently with AASB’s Annual Conference, set for Nov. 7-10 in Anchorage.  Past participants have been inspired to become leaders in their school, community and school boards.  Last year 70 students from 28 school districts participated.
Learn more about YLI here.

YLI Flyer 2013

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