Name of Applicant: Association of Alaska School Boards (S356A130001)
The Association of Alaska School Boards’ Initiative for Community Engagement (Alaska ICE) and its partner school districts and Native Regional Nonprofit partners will increase Alaska Native student educational outcomes by collectively addressing three key factors associated with student academic and life success: 1) create a safe and supportive school climate; 2) increase community support for and involvement with youth; and 3) increase family engagement, connection to school and commitment to build early learning skills. Long term outcomes include: increased proficiency rates for Alaska Native students as measured in Alaska Standard Based Assessments; increased graduation rates; and increased school readiness for Alaska Native children entering Kindergarten, measured in the Revised Alaska Developmental Profile.
This proposal includes over 10,000 Alaskans in five predominantly Alaska Native school districts, including 24 schools (four of which meet Priority 3 as persistently lowest-achieving schools), and 21 communities. The partner districts are Kake, Kashunamiut, Kuspuk, Nome and Lower Kuskokwim. Alaska Native Regional Nonprofit Organizations that are partners in the project are the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP). Statewide organizations endorsing this proposal include Best Beginnings, the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) and the Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC). The Organized Village of Kake, the Chevak Tribal Council, and the Northwest Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks are local partners.