The 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.
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.
AASB’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.
Children who are physically fit absorb and retain new information more effectively than children who are out of shape, a new study finds, raising timely questions about the wisdom of slashing physical education programs at schools. (Continue reading here…)
AASB Community Engagement Educator Jenni Lefing is in Nome this week to share results from the 2013 School Climate and Connectedness Survey with students, staff and the community through focused workshops. Together, students, staff, the school board and the community will use the data to develop an action plan for improving their schools.
Listen to a summary of SCCS and the community engagement partnership from Laureli Kinneen, KNOM news director.
(Story begins at 3:38 and runs through 6:38)
In a state known for active outdoor enthusiasts and stocks of nutritious salmon, it may surprise people to know that the prevalence of childhood obesity in Alaska nearly mirrors national rates. The Alaska Obesity and Prevention and Control Program has aided school districts statewide to swim against the weight-gain current, and this school year, it will begin putting boots on the ground in an effort help schools reduce obesity rates.
October 11-13 is the LGBT Youth Summit at Alaska Pride Conference. The LGBT Youth Summit at Alaska Pride Conference brings youth from across Alaska together to increase leadership skills and build community. Youth interested in participating in this LGBT Youth Summit need to fill out an application.
Application deadline is September 20th. Youth outside of the Anchorage/Mat-Su area will be provided travel scholarships to attend. View application here. (pdf)
Find out more at www.identityinc.org.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announces the launch of its College Scholarship, one of the most generous higher education awards in the country. Designed to help highly capable students with financial need succeed at some of the most selective colleges in the country, those chosen will receive support from an educational advisor and up to $30,000 per year for four years to cover educational expenses.
The 2013 application is open now and closes on November 5. See the details on how to apply here.
The Advertising Council and the United States Army, hoping to lower absenteeism in schools across the country, are introducing a public service campaign this week aimed at helping parents keep track of their children’s absences.
Read the entire article here.
The Alaska Teen Media Institute (ATMI) continues to produce interesting radio pieces told from the youth perspective. In this piece, recorded during the first week of June 2013, ten students came together with the support of KNBA 90.3 FM and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to learn about radio production and to spread the good word about staying in school.