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.

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.

Newly Elected Board Member Webinar
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Presentation (pdf)
Audio (mp3)


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

Safety Committees and Leadership (Cole Cummins, APEI)
Renewable Schools (Art Nash, Daisy Huang, UAF)
School Energy Use (Alaska Housing Finance Corporation)
Working with your Power Utility (Bill Stamm)
Rural Alaska Maintenance Partnership (RAMP)
Preventive Maintenance (Alaska EED)
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (Bob Leonard)
School Playgrounds
Distracted Driving (Rick Hudson)

Conference brochure
Conference agenda

AASB's 61st Annual Conference
Nov. 6-9, 2014
@ the Anchorage Hilton Hotel

Register for Annual Conference and Youth Leadership Institute here

Daily Schedule and Information on the Conference <

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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)


Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) (View YLI flyer)

AASB's 24th annual Youth Leadership Institute will bring together  high school students from across the state to develop and practice skills to develop a strong youth voice to use in their school and communities.  Students will connect with peers from across the state, and be part of conversations with board members at the AASB annual conference. Topics include communication, team building, leadership styles, cultural awareness and more. 

This institute is designed for school board student representatives and students who have never attended a leadership training. We encourage school districts to send students who have not attended the Youth Leadership Institute in the past.


RAVN Alaska Flight Discounts for Annual Conference

RAVN Alaska is offering 10% discounts on airfare to Anchorage for AASB's Annual Conference. Go to, click on Advanced Reservation Form, select flights and dates of travel and enter the following coupon code CKB4YA4.  Then enter the promo code EVT10 to receive the event fare. 


AASB Exhibitor & Partner Informational Brochure

Daily Schedule and Information on the Conference


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.

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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