nome cleanup smAlaska 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.



Online SEL Toolkit for Parents

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 12.47.51 PM NBC News created a website dedicated to encouraging and supporting your child’s social and emotional development, with tips and guides, growth charts organized by grade (pre-K – 12), news and other resources.

Social and emotional intelligence involves understanding your feelings and behaviors, as well as those of others, and applying this knowledge to your interactions and relationships. Research has shown that those with high emotional intelligence have better attention skills and fewer leScreen Shot 2015-02-05 at 12.51.47 PMarning problems, and are generally more successful in academic and workplace settings.

Visit the website.

AASB Executive Director Vacancy

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Letter from AASB President Andi Story

The Association of Alaska School Boards is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director. The new Executive Director is expected to take office late April, 2015. The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer, manages all of the programs and provides leadership for the Association in its work with the membership, partner organizations and Alaska communities.

Applicants should provide the AASB Executive Search Committee with a letter of interest and resume.

Application material should be sent to:
Association of Alaska School Boards
1111 West 9th Street
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: (907) 463-1660  
Email: raguilar©aasb•org  (raguilar©aasb•org)  

For more information, please view the complete brochure

Senator Murkowski is now accepting applications for her 2015 Summer High School Internship Program

Each year, Senator Murkowski invites a total of twenty newly-graduated Alaskan high school students to intern in her office to learn about the workings of the U.S. Senate, the legislative process, and legislation that affects Alaska. There are two sessions: June 1 to June 26 and July 6 to July 31, 2015.

Applications should be faxed to 202-224-530, Attention: Intern Coordinator.
The deadline to apply is March 12, 2015. 

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Proper fitness means healthy kids

IMG_6353Being healthy involves more than just eating well—it’s also important to help your children develop an active lifestyle. By making exercise a part of your daily routine, you can set a good example and show them that exercise is important to you.

See more here.

Why Schools Teach Social Emotional Learning

If your children’s school seems to suddenly be devoting its time and resources to something called SEL, it may be leaving you wondering what happened to good old reading, writing and arithmetic (or even that new darling, coding). You’re not alone. SEL stands for social emotional learning, and it’s a hot topic at the moment among educators with good reason.

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New Book Published by ‘Strong Man’ Author Ishmael Hope

Alaska Native poet, playwright and storyteller Ishmael Hope is proud to announce the publication of his first collection of poetry, CourtesanCourtesans-Cover-300x217-300x210s of Flounder Hill.

In describing Courtesans of Flounder Hill, publisher Ishmael Reed said, “A descendent of our first storytellers, Ishmael Hope’s poetry reaches back thousands of years and jumps forth into the twenty-first century.”

This is Hope’s second published book. He previously teamed up with Athabascan illustrator Dimi Macheras to create the graphic novel, Strong Man, a unique presentation of a traditional Alaska Native story that chronicles a young man’s high school struggles and triumphs, and promotes traditional cultural values as a foundation for youth achievement.

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What role should digital devices play in the lives of young children?

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 2.09.40 PMBabies today are born into a world of digital devices. And parents are trying to navigate this new reality—specifically figuring out what role these new gadgets should play in the lives of their young children.

ZERO TO THREE has developed Screen Sense:  Setting the Record Straight—Research-based Guidelines for Screen Use for Children Under 3 Years Old. This new free resource, written in partnership with leading researchers in the field of media and young children, is an authoritative review of what is known about the effect of screen media on young children’s learning and development.

Get more information, including 5 Myths about Young Children and Screen Media, here.

The Center for Native American Youth Champions for Change Program

1d25b66124709ffad72dd0f4a00b7491_mttp_zvd9-1The Champions for Change program was created as an effort to shine a spotlight on incredible stories of youth leadership and help inspire young people across Indian Country. The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) is accepting applications and nominations for the 2015 class of Champions for Change. Selected participants will serve a two-year term on CNAY’s Youth Advisory Board.

Application Deadline: January 12, 2015

Visit the Center for Native American Youth’s website.
(Click here for additional information and application/nomination materials.)

Schools Urged to Teach Life Skills for Success

Hands UpIf students are going to make a successful transition to college and career, schools need to do more than focus on academics. Experts say helping students develop grit, self-discipline, and critical thinking needs to be prioritized, as well.

A new report by the New America Foundation emphasizes the value of these “skills for success” and encourages K-12 educators to integrate activities to promote them into the classroom.

Read Caralee Adams’ full article here. (from

Harbormasters Scholarship Application for maritime careers

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 9.57.22 AMThe Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators is accepting applications for a scholarship for a college- or vocational school-bound Alaskan high school senior interested in pursuing a maritime career.

Find out more information at or get the application here.

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