A global initiative led by NASA to develop ways to better predict earthquakes will soon get legs in Kodiak. And some of its data crunchers will be Kodiak High School students.
“We will have some NASA interns coming here this fall,” Kodiak Island Borough School District Stewart McDonald told the Mirror. “They’re going to be installing the earthquake sensors that talk to the satellites. They will be installed right here we’ll have students working on these projects directly with the scientific community.”
Read the full article here.
Those of us pushing for community change know that community members are the engine of systemic changes in the attitudes, norms and behaviors that are necessary for big systems reform. So why is it so hard to engage the community? How hard should organizations like mine push leaders to increase community engagement in these complex collective impact partnerships? What tricks can we offer when they say they’ve already tried?
Read Karen Pittman’s, President and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, full article here.
More 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.
In this video, neuroscientist Richard Davidson presents his research on how social and emotional learning can affect the brain.
Watch it here.
A host of short videos that highlight the importance of building parent-teacher partnerships in raising student achievement.
Click here to watch! (www.edutopia.org)
The Education Commission of the States has published a short paper promoting science education in the early grades.
See their work here. (http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/01/12/88/11288.pdf)
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. (www.edweek.org)
ZERO 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. (www.zerotothree.org)
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 http://notice.alaska.gov/172856.
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 http://bit.ly/PYPWWS for the application, which also includes opportunities to request $500 stipends, ED593 credit, and free campus lodging.