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Resources to Support Culturally Proficient Schools

Alaska Cultural Standards for Educators: PASSAGES for Academic Success proposes innovative and comprehensive strategies to help ensure integration of culturally responsive instruction into remote and multi-ethnic classrooms across the state using Alaska’s Cultural Standards for Educators.

Using digital blended platforms, professional learning will engage teachers in use of activities, examples, self-reflections, use of local resources, and modeling culturally responsive practices as an extension of brain-based learning to connect academic content and the cultures represented in classrooms.

The demonstration of cultural activities captured on videos as teaching tools—assisted by Alaska Native community leaders, and teachers—will help teachers and students connect academic content with Alaska Native culture and language, and reinforce local traditions, customs, values and practices.

Project partners are local Alaska Native community leaders, Sealaska Heritage Institute, Modern Teacher, Teaching Channel TEAMS, and the Craig, Hoonah, Kake, Klawock, Kodiak, Sitka, Skagway, and Wrangell school districts.