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.
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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.
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!
Click here for more information.
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!