State of Alaska

Vol. 45 No. 25 June 23, 2017

Erin Hardin to Edit the Information Exchange

Starting July 1, Public Information Officer Erin Hardin will compile and edit the Information Exchange. Please send your school, district, or organization news briefs to Ms. Hardin at She can be reached at 907-465-6535.

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Federal Grants Available to Address Opioids, Obesity, and Mental Illness

School districts are eligible to apply for federal grants focused on family-centered strategies to address the opioid epidemic, childhood and adolescent obesity, and serious mental illness. Applications are due August 1 by 1 p.m. Alaska time. For more about the Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative.

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Title IIA Subgrant to Eligible Partnerships Grant Opportunity

The Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) announces a federal partnership grant for teacher/administrator professional development. Grants will focus on short, intensive instructor/administrator academies in multiple content areas. These areas will be high-needs priorities as determined by individual districts. Such academies will provide teachers the opportunity to develop skills and curricula appropriate to their classrooms and communities while incorporating aspects of ongoing DEED initiatives. The request for applications is available at Search under Title IIA. The deadline is 4 p.m. on August 31.

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Paper Conservator to Present on Work with Alaska Historical Documents

Paper Conservator Seth Irwin will share his process of preparing 150-year old Treaty of Cession maps, certificates, and manuscripts for the sesquicentennial exhibit at the Alaska State Museum, opening this fall. Mr. Irwin will present via videoconference on July 8 at 2 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives, and Museum at 395 Whittier Street in Juneau.

Mr. Irwin recently spent six weeks stabilizing and repairing historic documents in the facility’s new purpose-built paper conservation lab, and will share before and after photographs of the stained, torn, and deteriorated items that he treated. He will answer questions about how to care for your own personal papers and photographs. His work for the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums was partially funded by a Treaty of Cession project grant from the Alaska Historical Commission.

This presentation is part of the Alaska State Library’s Summer Lecture Series. In August, Professor Saankaláxt’ Ernestine Hayes will talk about history and heroes; in September, Jackson Polys (aka Stephen Jackson and Stron Softi) will give an artist talk about his work on the Seward shame pole that was raised in Saxman Totem Park in April.

A person who needs accommodation for events hosted by the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum can contact the Division’s ADA coordinator at 907-465-2988 to make arrangements. The Alaska State Library provides research services for state employees, assists historical researchers and the public, manages Talking Book services for Alaskans with visual impairments, and collects Alaska-related books, photographs, manuscripts, newspapers, government documents, and periodicals. Hours at the Alaska State Library are Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Mondays by arrangement. For more information see

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Early Registration is Open for CTE Conference

This year’s premier annual gathering of CTE professionals at Alaska’s ACTE Professional Development Conference takes place October 30 – November 1 in downtown Anchorage. Early-bird registration is now available for a discounted rate. You can also check out the Marriot’s special attendee rate for your stay.

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State Board Seeks Comment on Proposed Regulation about School Bus Standards

The proposed regulation adopts the most recent state and national standards for school buses that are manufactured on or after January 1, 2018. You can submit written comments up to 4:30 p.m. August 7, or oral comments at an audio conference hearing on September 14. See online comment form.

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State Board Seeks Comment on Proposed Regulation about Vocational Education

The proposed regulation would define vocational education to include grades seven through twelve. (It currently includes grades nine through twelve.) The change would allow school districts to spend federal vocational education funds in grades seven through twelve. You can submit written comments up to 4:30 p.m. August 7, or oral comments at an audio conference hearing on September 14. See online comment form.

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State Board Seeks Comment on Proposed Regulation about Assessment Scores

The proposed regulation: 1) gives the department the flexibility to require statewide assessments in English language arts and mathematics in grades three through eight and at least once in grades nine through twelve, and 2) sets the range of scores in the achievement levels of the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) assessment in English language arts and mathematics and the Alaska Alternate Assessment in science. Submit written comments by 4:30 p.m. July 12 and oral comments at an audio conference hearing on July 14. Visit online comment form.

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Department is Recruiting for Architectural Assistant

The Department of Education and Early Development is recruiting for an Architectural Assistant.

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Listen to Meetings of Alaska’s Education Challenge Committees

Audio conferenced meetings of Alaska’s Education Challenge committees will start next week. The public is encouraged to listen to a livestream of meeting audio at Here is the master schedule. More information, including meeting agendas, will be posted to the main education challenge webpage. The committees are developing recommendations to transform Alaska’s public schools. Governor Bill Walker introduced Alaska’s Education Challenge in his State of the State Address in January. He challenged Alaskans to establish an efficient, sustainable, and comprehensive system to provide an excellent education for every student.

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