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…)
Michele Yatchmeneff traveled from Anchorage to Arizona State University. Matt Calhoun went to college on the East coast at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut.
Neither would get their undergraduate degrees from those schools. Because there, they both said, they didn’t feel like they fit in. As Alaska Native students, they made up a very slim minority. They left and returned to Alaska, but that wasn’t the end of their educational careers. (Continue reading here…from adn.com)
President Obama’s trip to Alaska this week has brought new attention to climate change and energy production and the name of the nation’s highest mountain. But some in Alaska are hoping that the president’s visit also helps shine a light on the needs of the state’s public education system.
…Brown said that the state’s massive achievement gaps are rooted partly in history: Schools, for generations, were places that sought to break indigenous peoples’ connections with their language, their culture and their heritage. Now many educators want to help young Alaska Natives rebuild those connections.
(Continue reading at washingtonpost.com)
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (JAHC) to support 2016 Poetry Out Loud, a free high school program that encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This dynamic program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage, and compete for more $100,000 in awards.
Jenni lefing says a survey means nothing if it just sits on a shelf. That’s why she’s been all over Nome, sharing the results of the Alaska School Climate and Connectedness Survey.
“If students and staff feel safe at school, if they feel respected, if they think that students and other people in the community care about them — then the research shows those students are more likely to graduate and be successful at school and after school,” Lefing said. (Continue reading)
FIRST in Alaska (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) supports a network of over 250 robotics teams around the state. It is accepting grant applications to help fund new site, school, and individual teams to join the FIRST LEGO League (grades 4-8) and the FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12).
Monday-Wednesday, October 26-28, 2015 Hotel Captain Cook Anchorage, Alaska
The theme, Healthy Students…Successful Students, highlights the most important reason to focus on student and school health. Healthy students do better academically; they have lower absenteeism, higher graduation rates and fewer behavioral issues. Schools play a critical role in helping Alaska youth learn the tools and receive the help they need to create healthy, happy, successful lives. (More information here)
Bullying is a serious subject, with short and long-term implications for both the victim and the bully. The guide below brings awareness to numerous types of bullying and who may be targeted, while also providing guidance to students, parents, educators and school professionals on how to prevent and stop this debilitating public aggression. Special attention is given to cyberbullying, an ever-growing issue for today’s generation. (Continue reading…)
What are the best skills for kids to have these days?
In today’s technology-driven world, is it best for children to hone their science and math skills to catch up with other countries that outperform the U.S.? Or is it best for them to be more well-rounded, with strong arts and athletic skills as well? Or perhaps parents should instead focus on encouraging less tangible skills in their kids, such as teamwork, logic and basic communication skills. (Continue reading at pew research.org)