Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Scholarship and Externship Opportunities

ANTHC $5000 Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year is now open. Awards go towards the academic Fall 2014-Summer 2015 school year. This scholarship may be used for tuition, books, and fees for professional certificate programs or higher education degrees (Associates, Bachelors, Graduate and PhDs). ANTHC grants these scholarships as an integral part of its long-term strategy to increase Alaska Natives and American Indians in the healthcare field.

For complete information, and to apply, click here.

‘Talk Story, Write Story’ Creative Writing Workshops for Teachers Offered

Talk Story, Write Story is a writing workshop developed over the past 14 years in a small, rural, isolated community in high poverty to help students write profound essays that have gained them college admittance and millions of dollars in scholarship money, including coveted Gates Millennium Scholarships. These intensive 3-day workshops are being offered to Alaska teachers and counselors to enhance their professional life and benefit the students they work with, who dream of going to college. Veteran journalists Tad Bartimus and Dean Wariner bring energy and enthusiasm to their workshops with the ultimate goal of student success.

Talk Story, Write Story workshops will be held in:

Juneau, Alaska
April 24 – 27, 2014
Information and registration here.

Homer, Alaska
May 1 – 4, 2014
Information and registration here.

$75 for three credit hours
$100 for food reimbursement

More information about Talk Story, Write Story is here.

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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Current issue: Feb. 2014
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Current enews: April 17, 2014