Stand Up 4 Public Schools!

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has launched an advocacy and information campaign dubbed “Stand Up 4 Public Schools.” It features celebrities who credit public education for helping them begin a successful life. Two of the well-known faces used in the initial campaign pieces are Salman Khan (Khan Academy founder) and Earvin “Magic” Johnson (Hall of Fame basketball player).

AASB is adapting this idea for Alaska, and will recruit accomplished Alaskans to Stand Up 4 Public Schools. Their testimonials will be featured on our website, social media, ads and public service announcements for distribution throughout the state. Learn more here.


Maintenance Employees Conference
October 15-16, 2014
Crowne Plaza Midtown, Anchorage

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AASB's 61st Annual Conference Coming this Fall!
Nov. 6-9, 2014
Anchorage Hilton Hotel

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Our two keynote speakers will be Liz Medicine Crow and Doug Eadie

Liz Medicine Crow, President/CEO of First Alaskans Institute, is a Tlingit and Haida from Kake. The major theme of her education and work experience has been the continued integration of Native values, life ways, and traditional knowledge into Tribal governments, Tribal organizations, and relationships with other governments and organizations to affect a policy landscape that works with Alaska Natives to improve the lives of Native People.

Doug Eadie is the president & CEO of Doug Eadie & Company, a consulting firm that specializes in developing the capacity of school boards and superintendents to do high-impact governing work and to take command of strategic change. Doug is the author of 20 books in addition to Governing at the Top and of over 100 articles. (more resources here)


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Three Alaska Students Receive Gates Scholarships!

Three high school students from Alaska have been chosen as recipients of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year.  Mary Pingayak and Kyla Fermoyle, both from Chevak, and Martina May Brown from Ketchikan, were chosen from more than 52,000 applicants nationally. They will each receive an all-expense paid education at the college of their choice. Only 1000 recipients are chosen annually from around the nation to receive the scholarship.

To prepare for supporting these students throughout the rigorous application process, their advisor/mentors Jeanne Campbell of Chevak, and Robert McClory and Natasha O’Brien of Ketchikan, each attended a four-day Talk Story, Write Story personal essay workshop facilitated by co-directors Tad Bartimus and Dean Wariner. The workshops were sponsored by the Association of Alaska School Board’s Consortium for Digital Learning.

Read the Anchorage Daily News story: Chevak students win ‘million-dollar’ Gates scholarships

Read the news release. More information about Talk Story, Write Story.

2014 June Nelson Memorial Scholarship Winners

AASB is pleased to announce the 12 recipients of the 2014 June Nelson Memorial Scholarship! AASB would like to thank the 101 students who submitted an application and the scholarship committee (made up of board of directors and staff) who reviewed them.

AASB would also like to extend a scholarship to one past recipient based on her essay.

BoardBook: an AASB Service!

The Association of Alaska School Boards is pleased to endorse BoardBook®. With this endorsement, BoardBook is now available to Alaska school districts statewide!

BoardBook is an electronic agenda-preparation tool accessed through your Web browser that streamlines the compiling, distributing, and publishing of agenda packets. Not only does BoardBook reduce the cost and frustration associated with meeting preparation, it also generates an online searchable archive of meeting agendas, documents, and minutes.

Responses from the more than 1000 organizations in 24 states and Canada already using BoardBook have been extremely enthusiastic, and we genuinely believe Alaska school districts will quickly recognize the benefits as well.

Call 463-1660 for more information. You may also visit to learn more about system requirements, read testimonials, and view demos of the application.

See the BoardBook flyer here.

Districts' 2013 School Climate Survey Results - Ready for Action!

All 24 districts participating in the 2013 School Climate and Connectedness Survey have received their results. Full written reports with year-by-year district, school and statewide results, and a detailed item-by-item breakdown of 2013 results have been emailed to superintendents and school board presidents.

Statewide, 2013 results showed significant improvements in all areas of school climate, of student connections to school and social-emotional learning, and decreased reports by students and staff of drug and alcohol use at school and school events. Participating districts were Aleutians East, Anchorage, Annette Island, Bering Strait, Bristol Bay, Chugach, Denali, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Juneau, Kake, Ketchikan, Klawock, Kodiak, Kuspuk, Lower Kuskokwim, Mat-Su, Nenana, Nome, Northwest Arctic, Southwest Region, Unalaska, Valdez and Yukon-Koyukuk.

Click on the following links for more information on School Climate & Connectedness, or the survey, or contact Jenni Lefing at or 907-463-1660.

2013 SCCS Statewide Report

The School Climate and Connectedness Survey (SCCS) is a tool to gauge and improve overall school climate and raise student achievement. Twenty-four school districts took part in the 2013 SCCS, including 266 schools, 29,225 students and 6,669 staff. 

View the 2013 Statewide Report here.

AASB Annual Report

The mission of the Association of Alaska School Boards is to advocate for children and youth by assisting school boards in providing quality public education, focused on student achievement, through effective local governance. Find out more about the information, involvement, innovation, and inspiration that has made AASB a statewide leader in education for over 50 years in our 2013 annual report.

Alaskan Schools: What Matters to Students?

Building on seven years of its School Climate and Connectedness Survey findings, AASB has released new research delving into what matters to Alaskan students. What makes a school a place where Alaskan students want to be and do well? Why do students stay in school or drop out? What do Alaskan students believe that schools can do to help them succeed?

View the summary and full report here.

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