State of Alaska

Vol. 45 No. 30 July 28, 2017

Mark Your Calendars for the 12th Annual School Health & Wellness Institute

The 12th Annual SHWI is happening October 30 - November 1 at the Anchorage BP Energy Center. Registration opens August 15 and is FREE. Contact Wendy Hamilton for more information.

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Alaska Kicks Off First Statewide Pilot of EdRising Academy Program

The program, which includes curriculum, teacher training, and "Beginning to Teach" micro-credentials for students, is a centerpiece of a "grow your own" teacher recruitment strategy.

Read about EdRising Academy Program

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Kaleidoscope Academies Offering Teacher Professional Development

Brightways Learning will be hosting Kaleidoscope Academies in Anchorage October 9-10. CEU credits available.

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Alaska Signed On for Congressional App Challenge

The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) runs July 26 – November 1. The CAC is a public effort to encourage kids to learn how to code, through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district. Please encourage your students to enter!

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Sesame Street E-Books Available to All Alaskans for FREE!

Everyone in Alaska now has FREE unlimited access to over 180 Sesame Street ebooks through SLED.

Start Reading Sesame Street eBooks

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Paul Prussing Named DEED Student Learning Director New!

Commissioner Johnson has named Paul Prussing the Director of the Division of Student Learning.

Read More about Prussing's Position Change

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Free Training - 101 Ways to Improve Your School Library Program

The workshop is free and open to librarians, teachers, and the public.

  • Monday, July 31 - Juneau, Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building
  • Wednesday, August 2 - Anchorage, Anchorage School District Building
  • Friday, August 4 - Fairbanks, UAF Rasmuson Library
Sign Up for Training

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State Board Approves Score Ranges for New State Assessments

The State Board of Education and Early Development, meeting July 14 by audio conference, adopted regulations that set the achievement level scores for the statewide assessments and amended regulations to require school districts to annually administer statewide assessments in English language arts and mathematics in grades three through eight and at least once in high school.

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DEED is Hiring!

Program Coordinator II to join our School Health and Safety team. Apply by July 31.

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2017 Chinese Bridge Delegation to China Program Now Accepting Applications

The College Board is pleased to announce the 2017 Chinese Bridge Delegation, a weeklong program in China to help educators start or strengthen their institution's Chinese programs and partnerships.

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DEED Seeks Additional Comment on ESSA State Plan

DEED is seeking public comment on the second draft of the state plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the new federal education law. DEED will gather public comment on the second draft through July 31, 2017. A webinar highlighting key changes in the draft is now available.

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