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.
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!
The Association of Alaska School Boards is proud to announce its 25th Annual Scholarship Award Competition. The June Nelson Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of the late June Nelson, longtime school board member from Kotzebue. June contributed much to the cause of education, and will be remembered for her outstanding service on behalf of Alaska’s children.
This 2015-2016 school year, AASB will award ten graduating seniors each with a $1,200 scholarship to apply toward their post-secondary education. The scholarship may be applied toward the student’s choice of a business, trade, or a college institution.
Alaskans Changing Together is a BOLD call to action for all communities throughout Alaska to form Wellness Coalitions in their community. ACT was launched at Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) by John Baker with Governor Walker.
Join the movement to empower Alaskans to establish wellness goals, to encourage their families, friends and neighbors, and to prevent abuse, neglect, suicide and suffering in their communities. It is time for us as Alaskans to stand up as one and ACT!
Amy Jo Meiners, who teaches extended learning at Auke Bay Elementary and Riverbend Elementary in the Juneau School District, has been named Alaska Teacher of the Year for 2016. Frances Roberts, who teaches mathematics at Homer High School in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, has been named Alternate Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations to Amy Jo, Frances, and all nominees for your outstanding efforts!
Teens across the country are invited to create a 30- to 90-second video with their unique interpretation of the 2016 teen slogan Get in the Game – Read related to reading and libraries. This is an opportunity for teens to showcase their creativity and have their ideas heard before a national audience.
The winning video from each participating state will be named one of the Collaborative Summer Library Program 2016 Teen Videos to promote summer reading nationwide. Creators of the winning state video will receive $150, and their associated public library will receive prizes worth at least $50. Winners will be announced in April 2016. See http://library.alaska.gov/srp/home.html
This is the 23rd annual writing contest for young readers in Grades 4 – 12. Participants may choose a fiction or nonfiction book, a poem or a play to write about. The theme for 2015-2016 is: How did an author’s work change your view of the world or yourself?
The first-ever digital book to support multi-lingual and multi-level learning has been launched in Alaska. What’s Up with Whales? is the first stand-alone interactive digital book of its kind to feature three self-contained Lexile™ measured reading levels that can be adjusted to match a reader’s ability, in both English and Spanish languages.
“This literacy innovation enables personalized reading, in your language, at your level,” said Dr. Robert Whicker, Director of the Association of Alaska School Boards’ Consortium for Digital Learning (CDL), a project sponsor. Whicker and CDL Project Coordinator Steve Nelson collaborated with Alaska author Shelley Gill, and New Zealand media production company Kiwa Digital to develop the book.
This report examines, from the perspective of young people themselves, the roles that relationships with adults and peers play in decisions about staying in, leaving and returning to high school. (Continue reading here…)