groupAlaska 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 in 111 Alaska communities!

BestBeglogoMore than 22,000 young children – 41% of the estimated 53,996 children in Alaska under age 5 – are now enrolled in Imagination Library.  The two newest affiliates are Chevak and Ninilchik. Best Beginnings’ approach is that Imagination Library is more than a book delivery program. It’s a way to get whole families and communities involved in early literacy – and help to ensure children begin school ready to succeed.

Find out more here.

The Heart-Brain Connection of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 8.39.34 AMIn this video, neuroscientist Richard Davidson presents his research on how social and emotional learning can affect the brain.

Watch it here.

Video Playlist: Building Teacher-Parent Relationships

Screen Shot 2012-11-19 at 6.12.18 PMA host of short videos that highlight the importance of building parent-teacher partnerships in raising student achievement.

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Key Takeaways in Early Science Education

kodiak cdlThe Education Commission of the States has published a short paper promoting science education in the early grades.

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Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into High School

At Jameisha’s South Side Chicago high school, a full-on commitment to social and emotional learning, or SEL, has transformed the environment from a nightmare of urban violence to a place where students dream of college. And although the circumstances and challenges may differ at other public secondary schools, around the nation we are seeing a new recognition that social and emotional factors markedly affect academic engagement, achievement, and educational attainment in the adolescent years.

Read the full story here. (

Little Kids, Big Questions: A Parenting Podcast Series From ZERO TO THREE

Napakiak Family Night smZERO TO THREE’s podcast series, Little Kids, Big Questions, addresses some of the most common (and challenging) issues facing parents of babies and toddlers, such as: helping a baby learn to sleep through the night; dealing with a picky eater; and learning to set limits on children’s behavior. (Available in English and Spanish)

Listen to the podcasts here. (

RFP Issued for the Alaska State System of Support Coaching Project

The Department of Education & Early Development is accepting proposals for the State System of Support Coach Program. The department is  seeking experienced Alaskan educators who are interested in applying their education skills in a coaching setting to enlarge the capacity of low-performing schools and districts to increase student achievement.

For more information see

Apply for Workshops to Write Text Passages for State Assessments

Alaska teachers, authors, and creative writing students are invited to apply for workshops to write passages of text that may be used in the state’s new grade 3-10 assessments – the Alaska Measures of Progress. The state is seeking passages with authentic Alaska voices and topics, free of bias and sensitive to Alaska’s cultures.

Participants will learn from experienced writing instructors and gain valuable writing experience while creating text passages. Workshops will be held June 23-27 at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau and July 14-18 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Workshops are free but limited to 20 participants each. See for the application, which also includes opportunities to request $500 stipends, ED593 credit, and free campus lodging.

In remote Thorne Bay, students are growing in more ways than one

Photo courtesy of Brian Adams / Southeast Island School District

Photo credit: Brian Adams, Southeast Island School District

Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska has no problem growing trees, but in terms of naturally-grown edibles, it might as well be a barren, rocky wasteland. But the Southeast Island School District is looking to change that.

By building a series of greenhouses that connect to the schools’ wood-fired hydronic boilers, the local schools are helping to improve food security without adding additional fuel costs on their remote island at the tip of the Alaska Panhandle.

Read Suzanna Caldwell’s complete article here. (

Should we start STEM earlier? Evidence saying Yes.

stony river iPadSTEM seems to be popping up all over the place these days. From educators to employers, academics to economists – everyone seems to agree on two things: 1. There’s a shortage of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and technology professionals and 2. Teaching those disciplines should start much earlier. STEM is the acronym widely used to describe the hard disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Read Abbe Hensley’s full article here. (

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