State of Alaska

Vol. 45 No. 35 September 1, 2017

Newsletter of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
September 1, 2017
Last call! 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.
Last call! College Board Hosting Counselor Workshops in Alaska
Juneau – September 6 – 9:00 a.m.
Palmer – September 7 – 9:00 a.m.
Fairbanks – September 8 – 9:00 a.m.
Last call! DEED is Hiring!
Education Program Assistant to join our Child Nutrition team. Apply by September 5.
Microfilm/Imaging Operator II to join our LAM team. Apply by September 5.  
NEW! DEED Announces Finalists for 2018 Teacher of the Year
Kent Fielding, Karen Martin, Eric Rush, and Ben Walker are the finalists for the 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year.
NEW! Dept. of Admin Releases Health Care Authority (HCA) Study Reports
As required under SB74, the reports evaluate the feasibility of an HCA in Alaska. A key recommendation in reports is the creation of an HCA with an initial focus on the purchasing and administration of public employee health insurance. A 60-day public comment period opens today. Informational webinars are being held September 7, 11, and 13.
NEW! Canada C3 Expedition to Visit Alaskan Schools in September
As part of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, the Canada C3 Expedition is sailing the length of Canada’s coasts and Alaska. The expedition will stop in five Alaskan communities (Utqiaġvik, Shishmaref, Nome, St. Paul and Unalaska), and visit schools to celebrate the culture, science, geography and art of the northern region. On September 19th, a live broadcast of the school presentation in Nome will be available for any classroom in Alaska to view. Connection details will be announced soon.
NEW! Wasilla Public Library Looking to Bring Astronomer Kevin Manning to Alaska
Wasilla Public Library and Anchorage Municipal Libraries are looking at bringing up astronomer Kevin Manning, who provides a great presentation for all ages complete with giant telescope. Kevin has blocked out October 21 – November 11 for Alaska dates. Contact Sara Saxton ASAP if you’re interested in being part of the tour.
Final Reminder: Bond Reimbursement and Grant Review Committee Meeting September 6
The primary topic of the meeting is hearing subcommittee updates on recommendations for establishing school construction standards.
Reminder: Museum Collections Advisory Committee Candidate Sought
The Alaska State Museums are seeking a candidate for appointment to the Museum Collections Advisory Committee. Letters of interest due September 22. Contact Addison Field for more information.
Reminder: Statewide Suicide Prevention Council Announces “Wall of Hope” Activity
In honor of Suicide Prevention Week, being observed September 10-15, the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council and DEED are encouraging educators across Alaska to create a “Wall of Hope” in their schools. Contact Sharon Fishel for more information.
Reminder: National Geographic Bee Registration Now Open
Don’t miss the chance to spark fun and learning by entering your fourth- through eighth-grade students in the National Geographic Bee.
Reminder: WANTED: School Health Success Stories
Celebrate successes – nominate yourself or someone else to receive a Success Story award for any success related to school health. Winners receive full scholarships to the 12th Annual School Health & Wellness Institute. September 29 application deadline.
Reminder: 9/11 Memorial & Museum National Webinar
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum invites teachers and students to participate in a FREE webinar commemorating the 16th anniversary of 9/11.
Reminder: DEED is Hiring!
On-Call Museum Protection & Visitor Services Assistants to our Sitka team. Apply by September 11.
John Conwell Named 2018 Alaska Superintendent of the Year
The Alaska Superintendents Association (ASA) announced Unalaska City School District’s John Conwell as Alaska’s 2018 Superintendent of the Year.
FREE Resource: Biomass-Heated Greenhouse Handbook
The handbook, produced by Alaska Energy Authority, is geared for Alaskan schools and community organizations. Inspiration for the handbook comes from Alaskan schools already using biomass-heated greenhouses.
Office of Children’s Services Announces New Child Abuse Reporting Hotline
The new centralized Child Abuse Reporting Hotline has gone LIVE, with one number and email address for the whole state: 1-800-478-4444 and Additionally, in partnership with the Children’s Justice Act Task force and others, a new online training for mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect has been created.
Historic Alaska Newspapers Now Available Online
Alaska’s first batch of digitized historic newspapers has gone live on Chronicling America! Researchers can now search through Alaska newspapers dated 1898-1921, online, free!
Registration Now Open 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 is FREE. Contact Wendy Hamilton for more information. 
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. Contact Anji Gallanos for more information.
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.
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 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 Kari Lovett for more information.
2018 U.S. CTE Presidential Scholars Selection Process Underway
Nominate an exemplary CTE high school senior from your district by November 1 at 4pm. Alaska can nominate up to five exemplary high school seniors.
2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Selection Process Underway
Nominate an exemplary high school senior from your district by November 1 at 4pm. Alaska can nominate up to 10 male and 10 female exemplary high school seniors.
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 1 at 4pm.
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

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