Stand Up 4 Public Schools!

AASB is leading an information and advocacy initiative called “Stand Up 4 Public Schools.” School Board members and Alaskans from all walks of life are telling the story what public schools mean to them and their communities.

We are using social media, our website, ads and public service announcements to spread these testimonials. The Alaska initiative is patterned after a national campaign by the National School Board Association.

Learn more here.

AASB Spring Academy and Legislative Fly-in
March 28-31, 2015
Baranof Hotel, Juneau, Alaska

Register for the Academy and Fly-in here

Attend the Boardsmanship Academy to:

• Get an update on HB 278 survey on salary and benefits; 
• Discuss issues influencing education in 2015;
• Learn how the Alaska Measures of Progress can help you as a board make good decisions;
• Meet with legislators and other decision makers; and more!

View the Spring Academy flyer here.

Community Engagement Educator Position

Association of Alaska School Boards’ Initiative for Community Engagement (Alaska ICE) seeks a motivated individual who is passionate about community engagement and advocating for youth.  The CEE, as a part of the ICE team, provides direct education and technical assistance to schools, communities, and organizations throughout Alaska. This position, funded through the Alaska Native Education Program grant, works to increase community support for positive youth development and success in school. Responsibilities include community engagement and planning, coaching and technical assistance for statewide partners, presentations and capacity building with school districts, youth leadership, and culturally-specific experience within Alaska. 

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors degree (Masters preferred); at least 3 years of professional training or teaching experience and 2 years of project management; experience working in rural Alaska and familiarity with Alaska Native culture; strong interpersonal and writing skills; experience and interest in using technology.  Juneau location preferred; must be willing to travel all over Alaska with limited accommodations.  217-day work year.  Competitive salary/benefits.  Equal opportunity employer.  Background check required.  Email cover letter and resumé to before 3/06/2015. 

Visit for more information.

Leadership Fly-in and Youth Advocacy Institute materials
February 7-10, 2015
Baranof Hotel, Juneau, AK

Key Issues and Bill Review
Norm Wooten, AASB Director of Governmental Relations

FY 2016 Budget Review
Pat Pitney, Director Office of Management and Budget

Data and Advocacy
Lisa Skiles-Parady, ACSA/ASA Executive Director

Knowing Your Data
Joseph Reeves, AASB Executive Director

Legislative Context 2015
Norm Wooten, AASB Director of Governmental Relations

The Legislative Process in 2015
Joseph Reeves, AASB Executive Director

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AASB Annual Report - 2014

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 2014 annual report.

24th Annual June Nelson Memorial Scholarship

The Association of Alaska School Boards is proud to announce its 24th Annual Scholarship Award Competition. The June Nelson Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of the late June Nelson, longtime school board member from Kotzebue.

This 2014-2015 school year, AASB will award ten graduating seniors each with a $1,200 scholarship to apply toward their post-secondary education. The scholarship may be applied toward the student’s choice of a business, trade, or a college institution.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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.

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.

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.

AASB Commentary - AASB's widely-read monthly newsletter, Commentary, is your access to inside information about what's happening in education across the state and the nation. Stay current on boardsmanship, policy development, advocacy, legislative issues, and a host of other important concerns that impact decision making at your local level. To receive a hard copy please contact

Current issue: December 2014
Commentary Archive




Each week members receive an email containing a summary of state and national news impacting Alaska’s schools. To receive e-News please send an email to and type subscribe to e-news as the subject.

Current enews: March 19, 2015