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Alaska Scholarships: A More Affordable College Experience in Alaska
A brief article about Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Information on Colleges and Universities in Alaska.

The 4th R: Relationship education expands in schools
Alaska classrooms have a new weapon in the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault. Teachers, counselors, social workers and others from communities across Alaska gathered in Anchorage to learn about a unique curriculum called the Fourth R.

Career Tech Meets College Prep: Downloads and Resources
Free tools, reading lists, web links and other resources to help bring this strategy to your school.

Starting School
Every year kids start school — and every year parents wonder what to do. Whether it’s your child’s first day at preschool or the start of fifth grade, there are always new challenges.

Technology and Youth: Protecting your Child from Electronic Aggression
Electronic Aggression is any type of harassment or bullying that occurs through e-mail, a chat room, instant messaging, a website (including blogs), or text messaging.

When Values Trump Violence
Conventional wisdom holds that bullies act out because they lack self-esteem, so effective anti-bullying programs should focus on boosting bullies’ egos. Yet research suggests something else.

Free books block ‘summer slide’ in low-income students
Can a $50 stack of paperback books do as much for a child’s academic fortunes as a $3,000 stint in summer school?

An experimental program in seven states may help answer that question this summer as districts from Nevada to South Carolina give thousands of low-income students an armful of free books.

Helping to Prevent Summer Reading Loss
As parents, one of our major roles is to make sure that children set aside time every day to read – to read for pleasure, for information, for the vicarious thrill of living in an imaginary world. Why is this so important?

The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In
Much of the concern about cellphones and instant messaging and Twitter has been focused on how children who incessantly use the technology are affected by it. But parents’ use of such technology — and its effect on their offspring — is now becoming an equal source of concern to some child-development researchers.

Rural Cal Students Reap Academic Gains from Service
With a districtwide focus on community-service learning in classrooms, after-school clubs, and individual projects, the Fowler Unified School District’s small student body — 2,300 students in six schools — makes a big impact.

How to Use Service Learning to Engage Kids
Integrating service-learning projects into your curriculum doesn’t have to add hours to your planning time, and these projects deliver a big payoff for students.

Punished by Rewards?
Conventional parenting wisdom presumes that parents should reward their kids’ good behavior with more attention and affection, and punish bad behavior by withholding the same—a way to reinforce the good while discouraging the bad.

But parents, take note: A new study suggests this approach may do more harm than good. Fortunately, the study also finds there’s an effective alternative.

Lead On! Youth Leadership Summit
Join youth from across Alaska and learn how to make a real difference in your community! We are about peace, equality and fun! Lead On! promotes leadership skills, healthy relationships and non-violence. Lead On! is a mini-summit for Alaska’s youth, ages 13-18 and interested adults.

Hit Back at Bullies? Not at This School
Urbana Middle School, outside of Frederick, Maryland, is creating an anti-bullying culture. One of the most important things they do at Urbana Middle is talk about bullying. It’s more than just a response to occasional incidents: It’s part of the curriculum. And the prevention program is effective.

The Boys Have Fallen Behind

Around the globe, it’s mostly girls who lack educational opportunities. Even in the United States, many people still associate the educational “gender gap” with girls left behind in math.

Yet these days, the opposite problem has sneaked up on us: In the United States and other Western countries alike, it is mostly boys who are faltering in school.

Playing to Learn
During the school day, there should be extended time for play. Research has shown unequivocally that children learn best when they are interested in the material or activity they are learning. Play — from building contraptions to enacting stories to inventing games — can allow children to satisfy their curiosity about the things that interest them in their own way.

A Change in Attitude: Incorporating Technology In the Classroom Gives Curriculum a Boost
The creative use of remote controls gives this class a renewed spirit for learning.

Emotional Training Helps Kids Fight Depression
“There’s a pretty common bias to think about the negative,” says researcher Jane Gillham of the Penn Resiliency Program, a behavioral therapy program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gillham and her colleagues have developed a curriculum aimed at teaching middle-school students specific strategies to challenge these thought patterns and manage stress. It’s backed by 15 years of research that shows the benefits of this strategy.

Play, Then Eat: Shift May Bring Gains at School
Can something as simple as the timing of recess make a difference in a child’s health and behavior? Some experts think it can, and now some schools are rescheduling recess — sending students out to play before they sit down for lunch. The switch appears to have led to some surprising changes in both cafeteria and classroom.

Telling a New Kind of Story
In a recent book published by International Society for Technology in Education, Digital Storytelling: Guide for Educators, author and education technology consultant Midge Frazel shines a light on the process of mixing the age-old tradition of storytelling with novel Web 2.0 tools. The book attempts to demystify digital technology while offering user-friendly instructional tips for expanding curriculum that meets the needs of 21st century learners.

Bystanders as Stressed by Bullies as Victims, Study Finds
A forthcoming study in the journal School Psychology Quarterly suggests that children and adolescents who witness bullying suffer even more psychological stress than the victims themselves.

Articles from 2009

Good Parenting Creates Drug-Free Kids
Just having parents isn’t enough to prevent adolescent alcohol and other drug problems. Parents need to consistently interact with their children in order to be effective drug-prevention agents. “Parents have profound power, but they need to engage,” said conference presenter Ross B. Brower, M.D., assistant professor of clinical health and an attending physician at the Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York.

Brainwaves: Battle the Impact of Bullying
An e-newsletter from the Upside Down Organization (UDO). Frank Kros, founder and president of UDO, was a keynote speaker at AASB’s 56th Annual Conference this past Nov.

FACT: The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center reports that one in three youth nationwide reported either being bullied, having bullied someone, or both.

Technology Links Students to Fieldwork
Every school year, teachers across the country set out to make the work of scientists understandable and appealing to students, who might otherwise find it indecipherable and dull.

This fall, a New Hampshire educator was helped in that mission by a group of scientists—working from a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Teens Who Eat Infrequent Family Dinners Likelier to Drink, Smoke, Use Drugs
Compared to teens who have frequent family dinners (five or more per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week) are twice as likely to use tobacco or marijuana; more than one and a half times likelier to use alcohol; and twice as likely to expect to try drugs in the future, according to The Importance of Family Dinners V, a new report by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.

C-SPAN Seeks Student Video Entries for Contest
C-SPAN is calling for entries in the 2010 StudentCam video documentary competition.

Students may produce a documentary on either of the following topics: one of the country’s greatest strengths, or a challenge the country is facing. A total of $50,000 will be awarded in cash prizes, which includes 75 student awards and 11 teacher awards.

Reading Books with Kids
A parent article from the Association for the Education of Young Children – Southeast Alaska.

It’s Personal: Similarities and Differences in Online Social Network Use Between Teens and Adults
American youth are the most fervent users of social networks, with a far greater percentage of the population (65%) using networks than among adults. Nevertheless, 35% of American adults represents an enormous number of people and the bulk of users of social networks. This presentation dives into the demographics of teen and adult social network users and looks at how youth use of social networks compares to use by adults, both in frequency, but also in purpose and behavior.

How to Bring Service Learning to Your School
Service learning is a remarkable and powerful pedagogy because it focuses on the specific needs of communities and it is concerned with individual wellness, building strengths, fostering collaboration, promoting social justice, empowering participation, enhancing a sense of community, and respecting diversity.

There is a strong research base documenting, that, when implemented rigorously, service learning can have quite an impact.

Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth : School Connectedness
Efforts to improve child and adolescent health have typically addressed specific health risk behaviors, such as tobacco use or violence. However, results from a growing number of studies suggest that greater health impact might be achieved by also enhancing protective factors that help children and adolescents avoid multiple behaviors that place them at risk for adverse health and educational outcomes.

Summer Learning
Websites with lesson plans and interactive activities for teachers and students to explore.

How to Teach with Technology
Edutopia asked students and teachers nationwide to give us their best tech-teaching ideas and received hundreds of surprising responses. You’ll find links to a wide-ranging selection, organized by subject area for easy access. Discover some great new teaching tools to use in your classroom.

Digital Generation – Youth Portraits
Explore the digital worlds of youth who are using technology as a tool to share information and in their own learning.

Sage Advice: Students Teach Tech
Teachers and school staff from across the country share what they’ve learned about computers and technology from their students in this forum.

ASCD’s Whole Child Podcast: Changing the Conversation About Education
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s (ASCD) monthly podcast features educators and policymakers from around the globe who share their insights about sound education policies and practices that ensure that all children are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. This month focuses on meaningful student engagement and teaching social responsibility.

Larks, Owls, and Hummingbirds
Teenagers are notoriously difficult to rouse in the mornings. For the sake of parental authority it may be best that we keep this an adult secret, but . . . it may not be the youngsters’ fault. In many cases, it is not laziness, but a part of normal development and determined by the genes.

Alaska’s Digital Archives
Presenting a wealth of historical photographs, albums, oral histories and more.

Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies
Directed by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

Many youth in the United States have fully integrated the Internet into their daily lives.

For them, the Internet is a positive and powerful space for socializing, learning, and engaging in public life. Along with the positive aspects of Internet use come risks to safety, including the dangers of sexual solicitation, online harassment, and bullying, and exposure to problematic and illegal content. The Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking, comprising 50 state Attorneys General, asked this Task Force to determine the extent to which today’s technologies could help to address these online safety risks, with a primary focus on social network sites in the United States. (Full Report)

Digital Pipeline

Alaska’s conduit for information from magazines, journals, newspapers and selected reference sources for students and educators. It is available through SLED, the Statewide Library Electronic Doorway (

Communicating with your teen
Resources and advice for improving your communication skills with your teen – starting an ongoing conversation, listening, using teachable moments, etc.

Department offers tools to understand, support teens
This press release from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services offers resources to help parents and adults establish open relationships, broach difficult topics and better understand why some teens engage in risky behaviors.

Creating Good Practices
The following general strategies are intended to help all children improve their organizational skills, work habits, and overall production.

Articles from 2008

Media Bombardment is linked to ill effects during childhood
In a detailed look at nearly 30 years of research on how television, music, movies and other media affect the lives of children and adolescents, a new study released today found an array of negative health effects linked to greater use.

Adopt and Adapt: Shaping Tech for the Classroom
The biggest question about technology and schools in the twenty-first century is not so much “What can it do?” but, rather, “When will it get to do it?” We all know life will be much different by 2100. Will school?

The Way of the Wiki: Building Online Creativity and Cooperation
A simple, cheap technology with a funny name will become an even more powerful portal into creative teaching and learning this year. Educators, if you haven’t already, meet the wiki.

UCLA research on cyberbullying
A new research piece on cyberbullying was published recently by a couple of UCLA professors that pointed out that 72% of youth between 12-17 experienced online bullying within the past year.

Are ‘Millennials’ the Smartest or Dumbest Generation?
Has digital overload made today’s generation of students stupid? Or, alternatively, do the “digital kids” have intellectual assets and skills that make them the smartest generation yet?

At School, Technology Starts to Turn a Corner
…as a new school year begins, the time may have come to reconsider how large a role technology can play in changing education. There are promising examples, both in the United States and abroad, and they share some characteristics. The ratio of computers to pupils is one to one. Technology isn’t off in a computer lab. Computing is an integral tool in all disciplines, always at the ready.

Parent Involvement in Schools
Parent involvement in schools is much more than parent conferences… In the resources provided at Education World, learn about practical ways in which schools are involving parents. Read about parent involvement strategies that are working for others — and that could work for you!

With bullying, suicide risk for victims and tormentors
“A broad analysis of childhood bullying and the link with suicide has found that it’s not just the victims of bullying who are at risk. Bullies themselves also are more likely to have suicidal thoughts.”

Mr. Lucas Goes to Washington: Edutopia’s Founder Advocates Telecom Access For All
To achieve his vision of Edutopia, in which students direct their own learning while teachers nurture their curiosity, George Lucas said, the ultimate goal should be to make these connections for every school and library not just more affordable, but free.

Research Beyond Google
Just because students walk in the door as “digital natives,” the common observation goes, doesn’t mean they’re equipped to handle the heavy lifting of digital databases and proprietary search engines that comprise the bulk of modern, online research techniques.

Blogging Helps Encourage Teen Writing
Survey reveals that student bloggers are more prolific and appreciate the value of writing more than their peers.

Writing, Technology and Teens
A number of educators and children’s advocates are concerned that the quality of writing by young Americans is being degraded by their electronic communication, with its carefree spelling, lax punctuation and grammar, and its acronym shortcuts. Others wonder if this return to text-driven communication is instead inspiring new appreciation for writing among teens.

Technology: A Catalyst for Teaching and Learning in the Classroom
Given the vital role of technology in today’s world, this Critical Issue from the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) examines the value of effective technology use in classrooms and beyond.

The Push to Improve STEM Education
A look at improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (referred to as “STEM”) curricula in the U.S. classroom.

The Value of Social Emotional Learning
Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, speaks on the value of social and emotional learning. (video: 6 min)

Neighborhood Support and Children’s Connectedness
Living in a supportive neighborhood can contribute to the successful development of children and youth. This fact sheet examines whether children living in a supportive neighborhood have an advantage in terms of connections to family, peers, and community.

Cooperative Arithmetic: How to Teach Math as a Social Activity
A master teacher in Anchorage, Alaska, establishes a cooperative-learning environment in an upper-elementary classroom. (video: 9 min)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology OpenCourseWare – Highlights for High School
MIT OpenCourseWare is a free publication of course materials used at MIT. Get lecture notes, problem sets, labs and more. Watch lecture videos and demonstrations. Study a wide variety of subjects.Highlights for High School features MIT OpenCourseWare materials that are most useful for high school students and teachers.

Articles from 2007

Technology: A Catalyst for Teaching and Learning in the Classroom

David Warlick and The Landmark Project

A Facebook Education by Alyssa Trzeszkowski-Giese,

A Day in the Life of Web 2.0 by David Warlick,

Cyberbullying by Deb Ward, NCSP, ASD School Psychologist,

Growing Up Wired: Say so long to traditional letter writing by Stefanie Olsen and Sabena Suri,

Google Earth gazes into deep space by Candice Lombardi,

When cyberbullying hits teens by Eric J. Sinrod,

Tips to protect kids from unsavory online content by Ruth Mantell,

MySpace’s software for parents – Source: Net Family News

Banning Student “Containers” by Alan November,

How To: Use Social-Networking Technology for Learning – Source:

Are iPod-banning schools cheating our kids? – by Mike Elgan,

One-to-One in Alaska – by Tom McHale, Technology & Learning magazine (March 2007)

Teens, Privacy, and Online Social Networks – by Amanda Lenhart and Mary Madden,

Students offer Net Advice to Colleges – by Stefanie Olsen,

Online Personal Safety Tips – from

Adolescents and the Internet – by Nathalie Louge, ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Social Networking sites: Safety tips for Tweens and Teens – from

What is Right and What is Wrong? – by Nancy Willard,

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