Inside This Edition:
- Alaska Teacher of the Year Nominations are Open
- State Board Approves State Museum Fees
- Bob Williams to be Inducted into National Teachers Hall of Fame
- Alaska Humanities Forum Relaunches akhistorycourse.org
- The FY2017 E-rate Filing Deadline for Next Year’s Discounts is Two Weeks Away
- Digital Teaching Initiative Network to Present Conference in June
- NASA STEM Challenge Celebrates Student Achievement on April 3
- West Valley Students Win Alaska High School Science Symposium
- PTPC 2017 Newsletter is Available
- Training for Food Protection Managers Set for April 26
- Webinar Explains State Law on Physical Activity in Schools
- Professional Development Project in Civics Education Seeks Participants
- Feds Soliciting Peer Reviewers for Alaska Native Education Program
- Students Invited to Design Poster for the Choose Respect Initiative
- Artistic License Call Open to All Ages
- May 1-5 Maritime Course for High School Students Added to AVTEC Schedule
- Alaska State System of Support Seeks Experienced Alaska Teachers as Coaches
- Help Develop the ESSA State Application
- Nominations Open for Superintendent of the Year
- Arts Training for Teachers Working with Special Education Students
- Recorded WebEx on the Alaska Developmental Profile is Available
- School Leadership Institute Set for May 22-24
- Summer Food Service Program Looking for Local Sites
- Attend an AAEC Summer Arts Institute
- Eric Fry: (907) 465-2851
Alaska Teacher of the Year Nominations are Open
The Alaska Teacher of the Year 2018 nomination process is open through May 1. Alaska has many outstanding teachers who are worthy of the award. The Alaska Teacher of the Year Program gives us an opportunity to identify Alaska’s best teachers. Any interested Alaskan may nominate a teacher for the award. Teacher of the Year is an excellent way to acknowledge the expertise, skills, accomplishments, and professionalism of teachers in your school. Contact: Cecilia Miller at AlaskaTOY@alaska.gov or 907-465-8703. For additional information: education.alaska.gov/RecognitionPrograms/TOY/
State Board Approves State Museum Fees
The State Board of Education and Early Development, meeting March 27-29 in Juneau, approved higher admission fees for the state museums and set a fee structure to recover costs from groups that rent facilities at the new state museum/library/archives building in Juneau, the Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building.
The board sent out for public comment proposed regulations to repeal state-required physical examinations for school district employees; however, districts can require such exams if they wish. This will conform regulations to a new state statute. The board sent out for public comment proposed regulations to repeal all references to college and career readiness assessments, which are no longer required by state statute.
The board sent out for public comment proposed regulations that would limit the department’s supervision over pre-elementary schools to those that receive state or federal funding. The proposed regulations would conform to state statutes. The Department of Health and Social Services would supervise other privately funded child care programs serving children ages 3-5. All pre-elementary schools or programs will continue to receive inspections for health and safety and staff background checks.
The board approved a resolution supporting the University of Alaska’s efforts to open up paths for its students to transfer credits from other Alaska institutions. The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education has passed a similar resolution. The intent is to increase college graduation rates. The board approved 10-year renewals of charters for Aurora Borealis Charter School and Fireweed Academy Charter School in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and for Soldotna Montessori Charter School in the Mat-Su Borough School District. The board approved the appointment of Bob Williams as Director of Educator and School Excellence. The board scheduled a special audio-conference meeting for 1 p.m. on July 13 to set the range of scores for each achievement level in the PEAKS statewide assessments in English language arts and math.
The March 27–29 meeting packet is available at education.alaska.gov/State_Board/pdf/17-March-Packet.pdf.
Bob Williams to be Inducted into National Teachers Hall of Fame
Bob Williams, a longtime Mat-Su mathematics educator, is the first Alaskan to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kansas. He was selected by a national committee of educators, business leaders, and Hall of Fame members.
“I am overwhelmed with gratitude to my colleagues and my wonderful Algebra I, Geometry, and AP Calculus classes,” Mr. Williams said. “They played a large part in this award. It’s an honor to be the first Alaskan inducted. In my new role, I will work hard to make sure I am not the last. Being an Alaskan teacher is an awesome experience.”
Mr. Williams and four other inductees will be honored by ceremonies in Washington, D.C. in April and in Emporia in June. Inductees are permanently represented in the Hall of Fame by plaques and a framed biographical sketch. During their first year inductees also are represented by a display about their careers.
“Bob will be a tremendous asset to our Hall of Fame and we are excited to finally have someone representing Alaska in the NTHF Family of Educators,” said Carol Strickland, Executive Director of the National Teachers Hall of Fame. “It took 26 years, but you sent us a good one!”
Born and raised in Palmer, Mr. Williams has taught mathematics at Colony High School and Palmer High School, Houston Junior/Senior High School, Nome Beltz Junior/Senior High School, the New York City public schools, and in Gambia as a Peace Corps volunteer. He has mentored 19 Alaska teachers early in their career. Mr. Williams now serves as Director of Educator and School Excellence at the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
“When it comes to teaching Alaska students, Bob Williams is extraordinary,” added Tim Parker, President of NEA-Alaska. “Thousands of math students have benefited from Mr. Williams’ enthusiasm over his 29-year career. In his new position with the Department of Education and Early Development, he brings a focus on what works in the classroom.”
“We are excited to have Mr. Williams at the department,” said Alaska Education Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson. “His long experience as a teacher who was dedicated to his students’ success makes him a perfect fit to support educator and school excellence statewide.”
In the classroom Mr. Williams is known for a high-energy teaching style -- even leading students in cheers and dances to reinforce a mathematical concept -- that generates enthusiasm for learning and motivates students to achieve excellence.
“Learning calculus for the first time is really frustrating and confusing, since you basically have to learn a new language of math,” said Colony High School student Cathelyne Powers. “Mr. Williams gave us a big support system though. He would come in an hour before school started on days before tests, to host extra review sessions.”
Mr. Williams has been a Teacher of the Year for Colony High School, the Mat-Su Borough School District, and Alaska. In 2009 he received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching from the National Science Foundation. In 2010 he won the Horace Mann Award for Excellence in Teaching from the NEA Foundation. Mr. Williams was one of 20 teachers nationwide selected as an Aspen Teacher Leader Fellow for 2012-2013. See http://www.nthf.org.
Alaska Humanities Forum Relaunches akhistorycourse.org
If you haven’t visited akhistorycourse.org for a while, it’s time for another look. The Alaska Humanities Forum has recently rebuilt the site. Alaska History and Cultural Studies offers an online curriculum designed to teach Alaskan high school students about their state, its rich history and its people. The Alaska Humanities Forum and the state’s leading historians, anthropologists, geographers and educators developed the course. There are two ways to explore Alaska History and Cultural Studies, either by region or by one of the units (Geography, Alaska’s Cultures, Russia’s Colony, America’s Territory, Governing Alaska and Modern Alaska).
The FY2017 E-rate Filing Deadline for Next Year’s Discounts is Two Weeks Away
The E-rate Filing Deadline for FCC Form 470 (the required bid request form) is two weeks away. If you wait until the last minute to file the form and wait the required minimum of 28 days for bids to come in, you will be filing your request for funding on the last day of the filing window, which is a recipe for disaster. All libraries in Alaska seeking USF/E-rate support are encouraged to have their procurement Form 470 done and the FCC Form 471, requesting discount support, completed by the end of April.
If you have questions or need help with either of these forms, contact the Alaska State Library E-rate Consultant Valerie Oliver at email@example.com. E-rate support is applied for annually and the upcoming funding year begins July 1, 2017.
USAC (the company that administers E-rate funds) also has two webinars scheduled that are tailored for new E-rate applicants or anyone who needs a refresher on basic program information. Those webinars are:
E-rate 101: Introduction to the E-rate Program. April 5, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Alaska Time. This webinar provides an overview of E-rate Program fundamentals, including key terms, timelines, processes, and the roles of USAC and the FCC. Learn who can apply for funding and what types of services are eligible as well as how to calculate your discounts and Category Two budgets. The presentation is a great option for first-time applicants and anyone who needs a refresher on the basics of the E-rate Program. goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1141226.
E-rate Program Application Process. April 6, 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Alaska Time. This webinar provides a detailed overview of the E-rate Program Application Process. It will explain the purpose and process of filing each program form, including your options for invoicing. It will provide guidance on the requirements for choosing a vendor and what to expect during Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) review. It will cover the rules and importance of document retention. The presentation is intended for first-time applicants and anyone who needs a refresher on the basics of the E-rate Program Application Process. goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1141229.
If you can't attend the live presentations, register for the webinars and USAC will send you a link to the recording. The recordings also will be posted in the Online Learning Library at usac.org/sl/about/outreach/online-learning.aspx.
Digital Teaching Initiative Network to Present Conference in June
The Digital Teaching Initiative Network will present the 2017 DTi Network Conference: Inspiration, Innovation, Personalization on June 5-7 in Soldotna. The network is made up of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Copper River School District, and Kodiak Island Borough School District. At this strand-style conference, educators and administrators will be immersed in learning skills and pedagogy they can apply to their classrooms with confidence. The presenters are state and national leaders in their fields.
- Personalized Professional Development Plans through Micro-Credentials with Dr. Patricia Deklotz (keynote speaker, Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year, developed a successful professional development program for her district that focuses on personalization and teacher choice through micro-credentialing).
- Blended Learning Live with Heather Staker (co-author of Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools, Ready to Blend co-founder, internationally recognized blended learning expert).
- Advanced Paper Circuitry and Data Literacy with David Cole (internationally recognized paper circuitry expert, founder of CV2, NEXMAP presenter and affiliate, Many Labs affiliate).
- Basic Conductive Materials for All Classrooms with Peggy Azuyak (AKTEACH paper circuitry trainer and presenter).
- Instant Challenge Dayz with Lisa Cavan (AKTEACH problem-based learning and challenge leader and presenter).
- Unmanned Aerial Systems with Teresa Hedges, Phil Johnson, Gil DeGuzman, and Trevor Neff (AKTEACH team of UAS experts, leading the way in guiding learners toward career applications for UAV/UAS piloting).
The strands range in cost; see the registration form for details or to secure your seat: goo.gl/forms/qkvhs7V3H02VsdOG3. The conference itself has no registration fee; the strand fees help to pay for supplies and speaker fees. See www.kibsd.org/domain/646. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Fuerst at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter via @nfuerst2.
NASA STEM Challenge Celebrates Student Achievement on April 3
For the past few months, students at five afterschool programs in Mat-Su and Fairbanks have been hard at work mastering real-world engineering design challenges with NASA scientists as part of a NASA STEM Challenge. Students will share their learning online on April 3; the public is welcome to attend.
Through a collaboration between the Department of Education and Early Development’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program (21st CCLC), the Alaska Afterschool Network, the U.S. Department of Education, and NASA, instructors at five 21st CCLC afterschool programs from the Mat-Su and Fairbanks North Star districts were selected to receive in-person and online professional support to lead students through the NASA STEM Challenges. Students collaborated directly with NASA experts during out-of-school time to gain firsthand experience in critically important science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skillsets.
Students in the NASA program worked with the agency’s engineers and scientists to explore answers to real-world questions such as, “How is cargo dropped onto Mars?” and “How do pressure suits protect astronauts?” The youths developed videos about their experiences and will share their work with NASA engineers and astronauts, as well as educators and student teams from across Alaska, during an online showcase event on April 3 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. To attend the event, use the following link: global.gotomeeting.com/join/525005877. You can also dial in using your phone: 312-757-3121; Access Code: 525-005-877.
Any afterschool program or school-day class is encouraged to use the online resources to carry out their own STEM NASA Challenge. STEM activity examples are available through the 21st CCLC’s Y4Y online community, which provides free, research-based content to more than 165,000 21st CCLC practitioners in over 10,000 program sites across the nation. For more information, contact Rachael McKinney of the Alaska Afterschool Network Americorp2@akafterschool.org or Jessica Paris of DEED at email@example.com.
West Valley Students Win Alaska High School Science Symposium
Five high school students from Fairbanks’ West Valley High School took top honors at a regional competition for original scientific research. Students won more than $12,000 in scholarships and cash prizes and will advance to a national competition in San Diego, California, to compete for scholarships up to $12,000. The winners of the 32nd Alaska Statewide High School Science Symposium, March 25-26, are Piper Brase (first), Thomas DeLong (second), Van Levey (third), Nicholas Alexeev (fourth), and Sydney Cox (fifth).
The University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Natural Science and Mathematics hosts the symposium with co-directors Abel Bult-Ito, a neurobiology professor, and Denise Kind, supervisor of the biology and wildlife laboratory.
The wins qualify the students to compete with more than 200 high school students across the nation at the 55th Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program on April 26-30. The research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense sponsors the national competition, which aims to interest students in careers related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Twenty-eight students competed in this year’s Alaska symposium, which has been compared to an advanced science fair on par with undergraduate research. Students develop a hypothesis and test it under the guidance of a volunteer mentor in the STEM field. They write a research paper on their findings and present results at the symposium to their peers, teachers and volunteer judges.
West Valley High School science teachers Cyndie Beale and Greg Kahoe have participated in the symposium over the last two decades, integrating the competition into their Advanced Placement science classes.
“It gets students doing real science on topics that interest them,” Ms. Beale said. “It’s a lot of work, but it helps students develop skills that they will use throughout their life, like how to research, analyze and present on a subject.”
The Alaska symposium is open to high school students across the state, although all entries this year came from West Valley High School. Contact Abel Bult-Ito, ASHSSS co-director and UAF professor of neurobiology and anatomy in the Department of Biology and Wildlife, at 907-978-2169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTPC 2017 Newsletter is Available
The Alaska Professional Teaching Practices Commission Annual Newsletter includes all disciplinary actions taken in 2016. This is in accordance with state regulation20 AAC 10.300 (d), publication of commission action. Beginning this year distribution of the newsletter will be done electronically. Feel free to forward the newsletter to other certificated educators in your building or school district. Paper copies are available by contacting Jim Seitz, PTPC Executive Director, at email@example.com or 907-269-6579. Visit the PTPC website at education.alaska.gov/ptpc/.
Training for Food Protection Managers Set for April 26
April 12 is the deadline to register for a certified food protection manager training that will be offered April 26 by videoconference in five Alaska communities. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host the food safety workshop, which will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Palmer, Juneau and Sitka. State regulations require that all food establishments have at least one certified food protection manager to ensure compliance with food safety regulations.
Register to receive a study guide before the class, which will be taught by Palmer Extension agent Julie Cascio. The $200 fee includes one certification exam. For more information, go to uaf.edu/ces or contact Ms. Cascio at 907-746-3677 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Melissa Clampitt at 907-745-3551 or email@example.com.
Webinar Explains State Law on Physical Activity in Schools
The Alaska School Health and Obesity Prevention and Control programs will present everything you want to know about state law regarding physical activity in Alaska schools. A webinar presentation will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 26. Topics include the history and details of the law, frequently asked questions, ideas for implementation, and school district examples. There will be time to ask questions; the line will stay open after 4:00 p.m. if needed. Register online. Contact Wendy Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-465-2768 for more information. Or view more information online.
Professional Development Project in Civics Education Seeks Participants
The James Madison Legacy Project is a three-year nationwide professional development initiative of the Center for Civic Education to increase the number of highly effective teachers of high-need students. The project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution teaches critical-thinking skills through the lens of the history and principles of constitutional democracy. Programs at the middle school and high school level provide opportunities for students to engage one another to better understand the nation’s history and the practical application of the ideas behind American democracy. This professional development provides instruction from leading scholars, a $500 stipend, a classroom set of texts, university credit for a nominal fee, room and board during the workshop, and paid travel expenses to the site in Honolulu. See www.civiced.org/programs/jmlp or contact Maida Buckley at email@example.com.
Feds Soliciting Peer Reviewers for Alaska Native Education Program
The U.S. Department of Education is still working on its notice to invite applications for the Alaska Native Education Program. However, the department is currently soliciting applications for peer reviewers. To be eligible, you must: be of Alaska Native descent; come from an Alaska Native village, tribal government, village corporation, or regional corporation; OR be able to demonstrate experience working with educational systems and programs in Alaska Native communities with a focus on Alaska Native/American Indian language and culture; AND submit your resume and the program's checklist to the ANEP program office via e-mail by the deadline. For the checklist, contact Alaska.Native@ed.gov. The deadline to apply is April 26.
Students Invited to Design Poster for the Choose Respect Initiative
Alaska students K-12 are invited to create a positive message about respect and healthy relationships by participating in this year’s Choose Respect: Alaskans Pulling Together for Each Other poster contest. Posters must be received electronically or via mail by April 14. Contest details can be found online. Questions can be directed to Karen.Obermann@alaska.gov or call 907-269-7450.
Artistic License Call Open to All Ages
Alaska is holding its first license plate design competition, and submissions from all ages are welcome. A secret celebrity panel of Alaska judges will choose finalists, and then a statewide vote by Alaskans will decide the winning design. The new plate will be available for all Alaskans as an official DMV-issued license plate for the next four years. For complete information, guidelines, and submission instructions visit alaskaartisticlicense.org/. The call is open to April 24.
May 1-5 Maritime Course for High School Students Added to AVTEC Schedule
Interested in fast-tracking a rewarding career in the maritime industry? Have you already earned sea time on a pleasure, sport or commercial vessel? If so, there is valuable training available to you. Funding for tuition, supplies, and room and board is available for eligible high school students and their high school instructors in career and technical education.
High School Basic Training, May 1-5 or June 5-9 at AVTEC in Seward. Students will earn four U.S. Coast Guard certifications upon successful completion of this training and a basic training endorsement that is a required and highly valued credential for entry-level employment in the maritime industry. This course also satisfies part one of the three-part AMAP Tier 1 training requirements for students who might be interested in applying for this apprenticeship after they graduate from high school and turn 18. Course info and online registration: www.avtec.edu/HSBT.
High School Basic Shipboard Culinary Training, June 12-16 at AVTEC in Seward. This culinary course is geared toward those who want to acquire the basic safe food preparation skills for alternative cooking environments other than a commercial kitchen. Its focus is on cooking techniques used in ships’ galleys or in other remote areas without compromising good sanitation practices and nutritional cooking. This course also satisfies part two of the three-part AMAP Tier 1 training requirements for students who might be interested in applying for this apprenticeship after they graduate from high school and turn 18. Course info and online registration: www.avtec.edu/HSBSCT. This class is already filling up. Do not delay, if you are interested.
Alaska State System of Support Seeks Experienced Alaska Teachers as Coaches
The Department of Education and Early Development is seeking responses from qualified and experienced Alaskan educators for the State System of Support Coaching Program. Coaches will apply their education skills to increase the capacity of low-performing schools and districts to raise student achievement. Offerors must have knowledge of current research and practices in the six effective school domains of curriculum, assessment, instruction, supportive learning environment, professional development and leadership. Coaches work as independent contractors. See notice.alaska.gov/184945.
Help Develop the ESSA State Application
2017 Spring Leadership Working Conference: Building the ESSA State Application, on April 21 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers Alaska an opportunity to develop state policy that is responsive to Alaska’s unique educational environment. Join us in Anchorage on April 21 for presentations, discussions, and planning as we consider how to move forward with teaching and learning in our state. ESSA shifts much of the policymaking power from the U.S. Education Department to the states. The legislation empowers states to develop their own accountability systems that measure student progress and affords them the authority to determine how best to improve student and school performance.
Conference Purposes: To clarify what ESSA is and is not for Alaska. To learn about specific actions for complying with key elements of the plan under Title I. To provide feedback regarding the areas of standards and assessment; accountability; and support for low-performing schools. To learn about new classifications for teachers and administrators under Title I and Title II. The event is sponsored by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development in partnership with Alaska Staff Development Network/Alaska Council of School Administrators. More information and online registration.
Nominations Open for Superintendent of the Year
The selection committee is seeking nominations for the 2018 Alaska Superintendent of the Year. Nominations can be made by school board members, parents, colleagues, community members, or anyone who has personal knowledge of an Alaska superintendent’s performance and qualifications. Candidates should exemplify educational effectiveness, knowledge, leadership, ethics, and commitment. Any superintendent or top leader of a school system who plans to continue in the profession may be nominated. Please email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to the ASA Executive Director, 234 Gold Street, Juneau, AK 99801 by May 1. The nomination application: www.SOY2018 Nomination Form.pdf.
Arts Training for Teachers Working with Special Education Students
The Alaska Arts Education Consortium is offering Arts are Exceptional one-week institutes in Unalakleet, May 22-26, and Anchorage, July 31-August 4. These special education-focused institutes are open to all K-12 educators who are interested in learning skills and techniques pertinent to special needs students, including modifications and adaptations of classroom practices through the arts. Daily sessions include theory and hands-on activity sessions—including art, music, drama, and movement. Educators will experience the diverse ways that students can access learning and gain skills, increasing the ease and likelihood of student success for all students. See www.akartsed.org or contact Barbara Short at email@example.com.
Recorded WebEx on the Alaska Developmental Profile is Available
The Department of Education and Early Development’s Early Learning team held a WebEx on February 27 to announce the new Alaska Developmental Profile results. The results can be found online. The recorded WebEx explaining the ADP can be found online.
School Leadership Institute Set for May 22-24
Alaska School Leadership Institute 2017: Leadership to Support Instructional Excellence, Making a Positive Impact on the Culture of a School and Maximizing Student Learning, on May 22-24, at the Hilton Hotel in Anchorage. This conference is tailored to small and rural schools and districts. Topics include: cultivating the leadership dispositions that grow a positive school culture, providing effective feedback, building and supporting a highly effective system with mathematics, and the impacts and opportunities of the new ESSA for rural school systems. More information and registration here.
Summer Food Service Program Looking for Local Sites
Are there children in your community who will go hungry this summer? The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development’s Child Nutrition Programs unit is looking for school districts, parks and recreation departments, non-profit organizations, camps, and churches to operate Summer Food Service Program feeding sites for children and youth in low-income areas in Alaska. Sponsors are reimbursed with federal funds for each eligible meal served at approved feeding sites (school, park, local café, Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, or another location). All sponsors receive training and technical assistance from Alaska Child Nutrition Programs prior to starting their Summer Food Service Program and throughout the program’s duration.
All trainings will be in person or by phone, please contact Cyde Coil at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-465-4969 to register: Distance Delivery for All Sponsors: Training delivered via WebEx; April 13, 8:30 a.m.-noon New and Returning Sponsors. Schools Training: Training Delivered via WebEx; April 20, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. All School District Sponsors and Staff; Anchorage In-Person Training: Located at BP Energy Center 900 E. Benson Blvd., May 2, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. New and Returning Sponsors and Staff. To sponsor a program this summer, schools and organizations should contact program specialist Alicia Maryott at 907-465-4788 or email@example.com. Applications, training and sponsor information will be sent upon inquiry. For more information please visit: education.alaska.gov/tls/cnp/sfsp.html.
Attend an AAEC Summer Arts Institute
The Alaska Arts Education Consortium has announced plans for five 2017 Summer Arts Education Institutes. For institutes that are open for registration, see www.akartsed.org. May 22-26, Unalakleet Arts are Exceptional Special Education and the Arts Institute one week, 3 credits. June 5-16, Sitka Basic Arts Institute, two weeks, 4 credits. July 24-August 4, Juneau Basic & Beyond Arts Institute, two weeks with special event during the second week, 4 credits. July 31-August 4, Anchorage Arts are Exceptional Special Education and the Arts Institute one week, 3 credits. August 9-13, Sitka Cultural Arts Institute, one week, 3 credits.