Web Links

This is a repository of various local, regional, state and national partners, initiatives and organizations whose missions complement our own.

Here you will find information related to education, community engagement, early childhood learning, youth development and more.


Education Resources

Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
The CASEL mission is to establish social and emotional learning (SEL) as an essential part of education. We envision a world where families, schools, and communities work together to promote children’s success in school and life and to support the healthy development of all children.

Edutopia
The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating for innovative, replicable strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.

Forum for Youth Investment
The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21®: ready for college, work and life.

Harvard Family Research Project
Since 1983 HFRP has helped stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well being of children, youth, families and their communities.

The Greater Good Science Center
The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
EED is committed to develop, maintain and continuously improve a comprehensive, quality public education system for Alaska.

National School Boards Association
School Board Leadership for Student Achievement

Open Education Database
Open Education Database is the most comprehensive collection of online college rankings and free courses anywhere online. We welcome learners of all levels to explore their interests and prepare for exciting new careers, build on existing foundations of education and experience, or just satisfy a craving to learn something completely new. Their AK pages have links to schools and scholarships within the state.

Alaska History and Cultural Studies
Alaska’s History & Cultural Studies provides students, teachers and others interested in the state access to a rich source of facts and viewpoints about Alaska and its history.

Alaska Staff Development Network
Distance Learning, Distance Education, Professional Development Programs for Alaska’ s Teachers and School Administrators.

OnlineColleges.net
Since online education began in the 1990s and really took off in the 2000s, it has evolved from a rarely-used educational supplement to a viable option not only for adult learners and full-time professionals, but also for first-time students.

Alaska Council of School Administrators
The Alaska Council of School Administrators mission is to provide leadership for and promotion of a collective Professional Voice in setting the educational agenda for Alaska.

Statewide Library Electronic Doorway (SLED)
Alaska’s virtual library and digital archives, developed by the Alaska State Library and the University of Alaska libraries.

Education Commission of the States
The mission of the Education Commission of the States is to help states develop effective policy and practice for public education by providing data, research, analysis and leadership; and by facilitating collaboration, the exchange of ideas among the states and long-range strategic thinking.

Alaska Online Colleges
There are a variety of high quality online schools with different goals. Some programs focus on rural students, other programs focus on commuter students. Some deliver live video feeds of an on-campus class. The best school for you depends on what you want to learn and how you prefer to work. This is your guidebook.


Alaska Native Organizations and Resources

Alaska Native Heritage Center
The Alaska Native Heritage Center, a renowned cultural center and museum in Anchorage, is an exciting place where all people can come to expand their understanding of Alaska’s first people.

First Alaskans
First Alaskans Institute works to advance Alaska Natives through community engagement, information and research, collaboration and leadership development.

Alaska Native Knowledge Network
Resources for compiling and exchanging information related to Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing.

Alaska Federation of Natives
The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) is the largest statewide Native organization in Alaska. The mission of AFN is to enhance and promote the cultural, economic and political voice of the entire Alaska Native community.

Alaskool
A collection of Alaska Native curricula and other curricula materials available to teachers and students throughout Alaska.

Smithsonian Institution – Alaska Native Collections
The Indigenous heritage of Alaska and adjacent regions is woven from the arts, knowledge, values, and beliefs of many cultures. Explore Smithsonian collections with Native tradition bearers and learn about the peoples of this northern world.


Arts Organizations and Resources

Resource Guide for Young Artists
For young children who are still learning to read and write, art can go a long way in helping them to express their thoughts, feelings and imaginations. Even as they grow, it continues to stimulate their creativity.
(Thanks to students from the Colonial Academy for this addition!)

Alaska State Council on the Arts
The Alaska State Council on the Arts is part of the Department of Education and Early Development. Part of its mission is to ensure access to arts education.

ARTSEDGE — the National Arts and Education Network
Arts Edge supports the creative use of technology to enhance the educational experience for K-12 teacher, parents, and students.

Keep Arts in Schools
This Web site in an online community for arts education advocates, focusing on the efforts and successes of local organizations, communities, teachers and leading voices throughout the country who are all working to Keep Arts in Schools!

National Endowment for the Arts
To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.

Americans for the Arts
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2010, Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America.

Alaska Arts Education Consortium
The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) is an affiliation of school districts, organizations and individuals committed to preparing and supporting educators so that they can teach the arts across the curriculum.


Early Childhood Education

Best BeginningsAlaska’s Early Childhood Investment
Best Beginnings is a public-private partnership that mobilizes people and resources to ensure all Alaska children begin school ready to succeed.

Association for the Education of Young Children – Southeast Alaska
Working for young children through parents, communities and early learning programs
With a cohesive voice, our membership encourages excellence through leadership, advocacy and education, for the needs and rights of all young children in our communities.

Zero to Three
ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

PBS Parents
PBS Parents is a trusted resource that’s filled with information on child development and early learning.

A Place of Our Own
KCET’s A Place of Our Own (and Los Niños en Su Casa in Spanish) is a daily television series, a website, and an extensive outreach program devoted to the unique needs of people who care for children.


Child Advocacy and Youth Development

Alaska PTA
Alaska PTA is a statewide organization organized under the authority of National PTA. Organized in 1957, we have been working for the children of Alaska for over 50 years. Alaska PTA is the oldest children’s advocacy group in the state of Alaska, representing 154 local PTA units all over Alaska with over 11,000 members statewide.

National PTA
As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child and the best tools to help their children be safe, healthy, and successful – in school and in life.

Parent Furthera Search Institute resource for families
Positive parenting may sound like “a nice idea,” but it is also grounded in the scientific study of healthy development. In order for kids to thrive and succeed, research suggests a three-pronged approach for families: a focus on each child, a focus on parenting, and a focus on family strengths.

EPIC (Every Person Influences Children)
EPIC’s mission is helping families, schools, and communities raise children to become responsible and capable adults.

Grow Up Reading
Partnering with Parents to raise a community of readers.

The Innovation Center
The Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development unleashes the potential of youth, adults, organizations, and communities to engage together in creating a just and equitable society.

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