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$14.5 Million Released for Alaska Native Education Programs


September 30, 2003
Tuesday - 12:05 am

The Department of Education has informed Senator Ted Stevens that several Alaskan groups and schools will benefit from $14.5 million he secured to implement the Alaska Native Education Equity Act according to a news release. The funding was part of the Fiscal Year 2003 Labor and Health and Human Services Appropriations bill, which also funds the Department of Education.

"I'm pleased to see these funds being awarded to Alaskan organizations and schools. Funds authorized through the Alaska Native Education Equity Act expand the educational opportunities for all Natives in our State and provide needed training for parents and teachers," said Stevens.

"These funds are important in that they provide money to meet specific educational needs for both rural and urban students from kindergarten through college. They fund a number of very worthwhile projects to help Alaskans learn," said Senator Lisa Murkowski.

The Alaska Native Education Equity Act, authored by Stevens, was included as an amendment in the No Child Left Behind Act, passed in December of 2001. The amendment increased authorized annual funding and expanded activities authorized under the Alaska Native Education Act.

It is anticipated that the grant recipients listed below will receive these grants for a total of three years:

$490,030 for Alaska Pacific University to expand its current Rural Alaska Native Adult distance-learning K-8 education program to reach Native paraprofessionals who are employed in rural Alaska schools that are included in the Quality Schools Initiative.

$520,000 to the Southeast Regional Resource Center for ANSWER Camps which will provide a series of two-week summer retreats to meet the critical need for culturally relevant reading, writing, science, and math enrichment activities for seventh and eight grade students in rural Alaska.

$528,423 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks to collect, record, transcribe and translate elders' stories and Alaska Native games, and create a CD-ROM of elders' demonstrating subsistence activities. From these stories two children's illustrated storybooks in Yup'ik and English will be created.

$680,994 to the Yupiit School District for the Elitnaurutait Yupii project which will provide all Yupiit School District students with curricula grounded in Yup'ik culture and enriched educational opportunities that meet the needs to help them perform at high levels on state-required standardized tests.

$497,613 to the Juneau School District for the K-3 Tlingit Culture and Language Program which aims to improve the education and academic performance of Alaska Native students in Juneau.

$268,813 for the Tanadgusix Corporation for the Pribilof Tech-Prep Program which aims to provide critical academic support for students, essential instructional support for educational professionals, and real-life vocational technology training for students and adults.

$269,128 to the Hoonah City School District for Parents are Teachers (PAT) which offers services delivered by local parent educators who live permanently within the community. The goal of PAT is to enable all parents to be the first educators of their children.

$353,168 to the Craig City School District for the CANCAT project which will make available a mathematics resource teacher throughout the instructional day for academically at-risk children and young people and their adult caregivers, so they can work together more effectively on mathematics skills and to provide parenting education, childcare, and transportation to increase adult caregivers' effectiveness as one-on-one mathematics coaches.

$540,300 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the Aurora Alive Math and Science Program which will provide more than 1,500 seventh and eights grade Athabascan and Inupiaq students in 33 villages in the Bering Strait School District and Yukon River watershed with a comprehensive math and science program.

$163,223 to the Kuspuk School District for their Family Literacy Program which provides family-centered education and intervention to improve literacy among parents and their children by enhancing access to and opportunities for education in low-income families.

$455,806 to the Juneau School District for a summer camp, school year support network, and a series of after school activities

$590,000 to the Chugach School District for the Voyage to Excellence Program which aims to prepare students for transitions to the world of work through career awareness and job-shadowing opportunities, service learning, hands-on entrepreneurial experience, and the incorporation of work-related situations across the academic curriculum.

$560,000 to the Southwest Region School District for a reading program that will serve 722 students in nine rural, isolated villages. This program will address early reading skills for students in grades K-6 and provide remediation for struggling readers in grades seven through twelve.

$500,371 to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District for the Dzuggi Early Childhood Education Program, a community-based developmental program that provides early childhood development and education for children up to age five.

$520,648 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the Rural Educator Preparation Partnership Program to increase the number of Alaska Native Teachers.

$430,000 to the University of Alaska for the Alaska Teacher Placement Program in partnership with the Alaska Federation of Natives and three rural school districts.

$389,465 to the Southcentral Foundation for the Young Families Project to enhance the quality and quantity of services provided to young children and their families in Anchorage, including Early Head Start and Head Start Programs.

$508,900 to Galena City Schools to focus on building and sustaining assets or protective factors in Alaska Native students attending residential boarding schools.

$119,472 for the University of Alaska Anchorage for Project Success which will prepare over 70 rural Alaska Native educators to work with Alaska Native children, particularly those with disabilities, by increasing access to and success in well-established, distance delivered Associate Degree programs.

$500,450 to the Dillingham City School District for the Alternative Education Outreach Program which aims to reduce and eliminate the cycle of self-destruction and provide skills to Native Alaskans Youth who have dropped out of the school system and have entered the juvenile justice system.

$547,306 to Bethel Community Services (BCS) to implement a Socio-Emotional Competencies for Early Learning Program combining the experience and expertise of two programs that serve rural Alaska (the BCS Family Infant Toddler Program and the Rural Alaska Community Action Program) to meet infant mental health needs.

$540,600 to the Kodiak Island Borough School District for a career development program that includes rigorous academic instruction, career guidance, intense hands-on instruction and opportunities for on-the-job experiences regardless of school site.

$412,500 to the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Tribes for Creating Cultural Foundations, a home-based preschool service which uses new technologies to share Native and other traditions, skills, and strategies in supporting Head Start staff to provide appropriate services for children and families in Southeast Alaska.

$410,227 to the Mount Sanford Tribal Consortium to produce new instructional films and booklets from footage of Elders in their homes and at the annual Batzulnetas Culture Camp as they teach traditional practices.

$467,772 to the Sealaska Heritage Institute to develop curricula, lesson plans, and teaching materials for Haida language immersion classes tailored to kindergarten, and the first and second grades.

$483,034 to the Northwest Arctic Borough School District to improve the reading, writing, and mathematics skills of 1,990 low-achieving Alaska Native students in grades K-12 through an after school remediation program which delivers instructional programs designed using scientifically based research.

$195,643 to Illisagvik College to recruit students across the North Slope, specifically those interested in Teacher Aide positions, into its Associate of Arts Degree Program.

$640,147 to the Village of Kotzebue for Nikaitchuat Ilisagviat, a preschool through sixth grade Inupiaq immersion school, to develop curriculum which will allow students to learn more advanced vocabulary and concepts in Inupiaq, while also covering the knowledge base needed for students to make a comfortable transition into an English speaking school.

$318,371 to the University of Fairbanks for the Kitsuuit Program which provides culturally relevant education in early childhood development to allow Native students, who are also the Head Start teachers, to remain in their community while taking courses.

$544,000 to the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. for the Media Educational Development Institute of Alaska to provide career preparation in the field of media to Alaska Native students enrolled in the Partners for Success drop-out prevention program.

$554,396 to the Association of Interior Native Educators for the Learning Styles Center that provides training to teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators through Alaska's Interior. The center will also develop curriculum that is culturally relevant to Alaska Natives in the Interior.

$548,164 to the Northwest Arctic Borough School District to prepare children under the age of five for entry into the educational system, increase parental involvement in their children's learning, and improve district resources for parent and early childhood education.


Source of News Release:

Office of Senator Ted Stevens
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