State of Alaska

Vol. 45 No. 33 August 17, 2017

Newsletter of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
August 17, 2017
Last call! DEED Title IV-A Grant Q&A Session on August 18 at 3pm
Title IV-A, the Student Support & Academic Enrichment grant, a NEW grant this year, now has funding allocated in the Consolidated Application in GMS. This grant is available for all districts who received a Title I-A allocation last year. This is a brand new grant with a lot of flexibility, and some exciting possibilities for students. Call Todd Brocious at 907-465-2887 for more information.
NEW! One Year Extension Grant for Pre-Elementary Programs using Moore Funds
DEED is seeking competitive applications to develop and implement Alaska Pre-Elementary Programs following a high quality programmatic approach. Applications due September 15 by 4pm. Join an informational webinar on August 23 at 1pm or on August 24 at 3pm. Contact Anji Gallanos for more information.
NEW! DEED Finalizes State Plan to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act
To ensure that Alaska’s state plan is aligned with what Alaskans value, DEED is seeking additional public comment on the final draft. DEED will gather public comment through September 15.
NEW! Governor's Arts & Humanities Awards Seeking Nominations
The Governor's Arts and Humanities Awards is an annual partnership between the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and the Office of the Governor to recognize and honor noteworthy contributions to the arts and humanities in Alaska. Nominations due by September 1.   
NEW! Leadership Development Program is Recruiting Applicants 
Leadership Anchorage is recruiting for its 21st cohort. Applications due by September 8. Contact Rayette Sterling for more information.
NEW! Alaska Humanities Forum Offers Free Cross Cultural Exchange Program 
The Sister School Exchange (SSE) is free for the schools involved and the participants traveling in the exchange. Applications due by September 15. Contact Rayette Sterling for more information.
NEW! 2018 U.S. CTE Presidential Scholars Selection Process Underway
Nominate an exemplary CTE scholar from your district by November 8 at 4pm. Alaska will be nominating up to five exemplary secondary students this academic year. Contact Bjorn Wolter for more information.
NEW! DEED Alaska Developmental Profile (ADP) Webinars Happening August 23 & 28
The ADP is required by state law to be completed for all students entering kindergarten or students entering first grade who did not attend a public kindergarten by November 1, 2017.
NEW! Grants Administration Training in Anchorage from September 21-22
This training is recommended for grant recipient organizations across all disciplines that receive state or federal grant funds. Contact Janet Darling with Grant Writing USA for more information.
Final Reminder: EdSurge Tech Leaders Event in Anchorage on August 22
EdSurge, in collaboration with the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, is traveling around the country to learn best practices in personalized learning from school-based education leaders.
Final Reminder: USDOE Seeking Input on Mandatory Civil Rights Data Collection
The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) is requesting feedback from local education agencies and other stakeholders. Comments will be accepted until August 21. USDOE is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues:
  1. Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the USDOE;
  2. Will this information be processed and used in a timely manner;
  3. Is the estimate of burden accurate;
  4. How might USDOE enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
  5. How might USDOE minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology.
Reminder: Applications Now Being Accepted for 2017 Alaska Principals’ Conference
The conference committee is looking for qualified people with interesting and informative topics relevant to education leaders in Alaska to lead quality sectionals. August 31 application deadline.
Reminder: DEED eLearning Courses Available to Meet New Teacher Certification Requirements
As of June 30, 2017, a person must complete the following trainings in order to receive or renew a teacher certificate. DEED has eLearning courses available to satisfy the new requirements. 
  • Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention
  • Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention
  • Alcohol or Drug Related Disabilities
  • Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Reminder: Public Comments Sought on Revised Project Delivery Method Handbook
DEED has prepared a second draft revision to the Project Delivery Method Handbook, 2nd Ed.  The publication provides guidance regarding the process for using a project delivery method other than the Design-Bid-Build established in 4 AAC 31.080. Public comment closes August 31 at 5:00 p.m.
Reminder: National Youth Cyber Education Program Seeking Student Teams
CyperPatriot is a national cyber defense team competition for high school and middle school students sponsored by the Air Force Association. Teams must register by October 4.
2018 U.S. Senate Youth Program Selection Process Underway
Alaska high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for the merit-based program, which includes a paid, week-long visit to Washington, D.C. and a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. Alaska application deadline is November 8 at 4pm. 
IMLS Accepting Applications for National Leadership and LB21 Librarian Grants
The NLG program invests in projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and generate results such as new tools, research findings, or models that can be widely used. The LB21 program supports human capital capacity projects for libraries and archives. This call for preliminary proposals has a deadline of September 1, 2017, for both programs.
Title IIA Subgrant to Eligible Partnerships Grant Opportunity
DEED is offering a federal partnership grant for teacher/administrator professional development. Deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on August 31. Contact Bjorn Wolter for more information.
Early Registration for CTE Conference Open until September 15
This year’s premier annual gathering of CTE professionals at Alaska’s ACTE Professional Development Conference takes place October 30 to November 1 in downtown Anchorage.
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!
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.
Kaleidoscope Academies Offering Teacher Professional Development
Brightways Learning will be hosting Kaleidoscope Academies in Anchorage October 9-10. 500 level course credit available.

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