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Fiscal Year 2014 New Grant Award Recipients in Rank Order


Name of Applicant:  Bristol Bay Native Association (S356A140059)                   
Number of Students Served:  700
Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA) and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus (UAF BBC) designed the Preserving Alaska Native Culture and Empowering Communities in Bristol Bay project to address the education needs of youth and adults in the Bristol Bay region.  This project will enable individuals in Bristol Bay to enhance their cultural knowledge through participation in a number of Yup’ik language activities, traditional arts and crafts, and immersion camps.  In addition to preserving Alaska Native cultural knowledge, the project activities will focus on improving Alaska Native students’ educational success by providing dual credit for high school students (concurrent high school-college credit) toward graduation and postsecondary attainment.  It will also provide access to and training in cutting edge technologies and build entrepreneurship skills to increase meaningful employment opportunities and promote the sustainability of the Bristol Bay region.
Partner:  University of Alaska Bristol Bay Campus

Name of Applicant:  Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (S356A140022)
Number of Students Served:  286
The RurAL CAP Parents as Teachers™ (PAT) Program aims to provide parents with the resources, information, and personal support they need for improved parenting practices and increased parent knowledge of early childhood development; provide children with health and development screenings; increase parent engagement in child development activities, leading to increased early literacy and school readiness skills for Alaska Native children 0-3; and provide local PAT staff with personal development plans, training opportunities, and reflective supervision, leading to strengthened capacity of early education professionals in rural Alaska.
Partner: Association of Village Council Presidents, the Copper River Native Association, Organized Village of Kake, and the Native Village of Kluti-Kaah

Name of Applicant:  University of Alaska Southeast (S356A140048)       
Number of Students Served:  190
The University of Alaska Southeast proposal is for the preparation and advancement of Native Teacher education and has four primary goals:  provide financial aid (scholarships) to increase the number of Alaska Native teachers and administrators in Alaska Schools; provide professional development for Alaska Native Educators including but not limited to place-based education opportunities that incorporate Alaska Native knowledge; target approaches to prepare culturally competent educators; and create pathways for Alaska Native high school students who have an interest in teaching.  The program will support students through strengthening skills in math and English and providing support for PRAXIS I preparation.
Partner: Sealaska Heritage Foundation

Name of Applicant:  University of Alaska Fairbanks (S356A140018)
Number of Students Served:  1600
Learning through Cultural Connections: The Northern Lightswill provide culturally relevant, science-based educational resources for Alaska’s Inupiaq residents.  The project’s overarching goal is to improve access to place-based, culturally relevant education in Alaska’s underserved rural communities and to heighten cultural awareness/understanding of science concepts for learners of all ages and ethnicities.The supporting goals of this project are to create education resources, including science instructional kits, that help preserve Inuit culture and Inupiaq languages; increase knowledge of Inupiaq legends, songs and dances; and to increase Northern Lights-related science content knowledge of program participants.  Objectives aligned with these goals include both quantitative and qualitative measures.  The resources will be reviewed to ensure they are place-based and culturally relevant and will contain Inuit culture-bearers speaking Inupiaq and sharing in traditional communication methods.
Partners:  Geophysical Institute, Native Village of Barrow, Inupiat Heritage Center, Carrie M.  McLain, Memorial Museum, Alaska Native Language Center, North Slope Borough School District and Northwest Artic Borough School District

Name of Applicant:  Bering Strait School District (S356A140017)
Number of Students Served:  200
The Strategies for Alaska Native Student Success project will provide Yup'ik language materials and elder interchanges for use in classroom cultural and core academics instruction; assist the district in the selection/development of core math and language arts materials that best serve the needs of Native students and engage in three years of scientifically–based, comprehensive, high–quality professional development on best practices in using these materials; and train staff in ways to increase attendance and graduation rates through the provision of positive behavioral supports.
Partners:  Kawerak, Inc. and Alaska Staff Development Network

Name of Applicant:
  Annette Island School District (S356A140033)                                
Number of Students Served:  900
This project is designed to increase achievement and strengthen and preserve the language and culture of Tsimshian Indian children ages three through 12th grade.  It will utilize Native Arts taught in Tsimshian as a means to strengthen and promote the language and the culture of the people served by the district.  It is designed to increase parental and community participation in the Dual Language Immersion Montessori program with the Annette Island School District.  The curriculum will focus on developing literacy in both English and Tsimshian language and in developing cultural literacy.
Partners:  Tsimshian Tribe of Annette Island

Name of Applicant:  Kuspuk School District (S356A140034)
Number of Students Served:  350
The EXCEL Alaska project proposes to meet the needs of Alaska Native students through intensive, short-term, residential programs focused on college and career readiness, graduation, and healthy life choices.  The program will consist of a multiple EXCEL Alaska Intensive skills-building sessions and a series of career-readiness Camps in Anchorage and in Aniak.  Project EXCEL Intensives will help students develop decision-making skills and personal characteristics required for success in the workplace and in post-secondary educational environments.  The Intensives and the Camps will provide important transition and job shadowing experiences that expand participants’ frames of reference, help them to identify connections between school and work, and communicate high expectations.  The EXCEL Alaska project expects to serve 350 secondary students per year from 53 rural Alaska schools across six partner school districts.
Partners: Kuskokwim Coporation, Calista Heritage Foundation, University of Alaska Anchorage, Donlin Gold, Kashunaumiut School District, Kuspuk School District, Lower Kuskokwim School District, Lower Yukon School District, St. Mary's School District and Yupiit School District

Name of Applicant:  Nenana City School District (S356A140036)                        
Number of Students Served:  200
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Academic and Career Excellence (STEM ACE) program has been collaboratively designed to significantly boost STEM achievement and interest among all K-12 students attending Nenana City School.  The goals of the STEM ACE initiative are to enhance the educational services provided to Alaska Native students; improve the academic performance of Alaska Native students; and increase the readiness of Nenana City School students to pursue STEM careers.
Partners: Tana Chiefs Conference, the Nenana Native Council, the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program, Idaho National Laboratory, Project Lead the Way,  University of Alaska School of Career & Technical Education, University of Alaska Statewide, Goephysical Institute at University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Post-Secondary Access & Completion Team, Medallion Foundation, and Proflite of Alaska, LLC

Name of Applicant:  Goldbelt Heritage Foundation (S356A140024)
Number of Students Served:  180
This project—titled Haa Tlaagu, Haa Yoo X’atangi: Our Stories and Our Language for Our Children—is designed to increase the percentage of Alaska Native students who are school ready and  meet or exceed State proficiency standards for reading, mathematics, and science.  The program supports students who graduate from high school in four years, utilizing Tlingit culture and language via school and parent partnerships. The program will meet its goal by carrying out the following objectives: establish and implement Tlingit Language Immersion Programs to serve 190 Pre-K through 12th grade students in seven school sites including two Head Start preschools, two elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools inclusive of family learning in school/community settings; provide language teacher training in connection to curriculum development; develop, field-test, print and disseminate Tlingit Curricula Materials; and develop and implement Summer Academy Tlingit Language Immersion Program to serve 120 people—families with children Grades  Pre-K through 12.
Partner:  Juneau School District

Name of Applicant:  Northwest Arctic Borough School District (S356A140028)
Number of Students Served: 300
The STAR of the Northwest Magnet School (STAR) is a state approved (2013) residential magnet school located in Kotzebue, Alaska.  The school services high school and postsecondary students in residential and non-residential settings to support increased graduation rates and prepare students for successful employment within the region.  High School students participate in required and elective courses as well as Career and Technical Education (CTE) coursework.  Postsecondary students focus on CTE.  The instructional topics include preparation for careers in education, process technology, health care services and culinary arts. 
Partner:  Maniilaq Association

Name of Applicant:  Chugach School District (S356A140050)
Number of Students Served:  445
The Chugach School District Voyage to Excellenceprogram proposes to leverage and combine several highly successful programs in a new way to help students explore and train for high-earning jobs in the computer technology industry sector.  The STEM of VTEproject will identify four cohorts of 25 students and provide them with training and experiences on the pathway to employment in the computer technology sector.  The project goals are: introduce students to careers in the technology industry and provide them with employability skills; prepare students for employment in the technology industry with an industry recognized certification by high school graduation; and prepare students to transition from high school to postsecondary education by graduation.
Partners: Kuspuk School District, Yupiit School District, Iditarod Area School District, the Kenai Peninsula Grads Programs, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, and Chugachmiut

Name of Applicant:  Sealaska Heritage Institute (S356A140021)
Number of Students Served:  330
Sealaska Heritage Institute will directly serve 330 Alaska Native students in grades four to eight in four Juneau elementary schools and two middle schools in order to improve student engagement, academic performance in language arts and student attitudes toward school and self through the production and public performance of plays based on traditional knowledge and stories; actively engage 60 Native families per year in multi-generational performances at the Walter A. Soboleff Center and schools; produce 40 digital stories and sets of illustrated storybooks based on traditional knowledge;  produce a Digital Storytelling Handbook for use in Language Arts classes for grades K–8; and train 60 elementary and secondary teachers on strategies to integrate visual and performing arts into classroom instruction on regular basis.
Partners:  Alaska Arts Education Consortium, University of Alaska Southeast Juneau Campus, Juneau School District,

Name of Applicant:  Southeast Island School District (S356A140058)
Number of Students Served:  900
The CARE program will motivate and engage some of Alaska's most at-risk students toward higher achievement and graduation.  The CARE program will involve approximately 900 students in grades 7-12 in 28 schools.  As the lead organization, Southeast Island School District Will work with its consortium partners to provide new pathways for students in schools that have historically been challenged to prepare all students for work or college.  Beginning in grades 7-12, CARE will, through raising their awareness and capacity to take action, assist Alaska Native students in establishing connections with caring supportive adults who will develop and foster resiliency, strengthen academic success, and provide the necessary guidance and direction for students to obtain a high school diploma.
Partners:  World Wide IDEA, Chugachmiut, Ketchikan Indian Community; Hydaburg City School District, Southeast Island School District, Project Grad Kenai Peninsula, Yukon-Koyukuk School District, and Galena City School District

Name of Applicant:  Arctic Slope Community Foundation, Inc. (S356A140004)
Number of Students Served:  340
Project Learn is designed to engage young people in academics, encourage them to succeed in school and help them to become lifelong learners.  The Boys and Girls Club will implement Project Learn at 17 clubs that serve Alaska Native youth with a focus on grades four through eight, reaching 340 youth each year.  Project Learn has five major components: high-yield learning activities; homework help and tutoring; school collaboration; parental involvement and incentives.
Partner:  Boys and Girls Clubs of Alaska

Name of Applicant:  Saint Mary’s City School District (S356A140008)
Number of Students Served:  202
Saint Mary’s School District, in collaboration with the Algaaciq Tribal Government and the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) proposes to develop and implement an education program that addresses the changing environmental influence on subsistence activities and cultural practices.  By using place‐based learning and project‐based instruction, students will conduct science experiments in the environment while incorporating the Yup’ik culture and language.  The project will serve 202 students in the two adjacent schools in St. Mary’s.  The project goals are improve student achievement, acquisition of Yup’ik language skills by teachers and students, incorporation of Yup’ik language and culture into instruction, increased understanding of subsistence activities, job skills for students, increased post-secondary enrollment, student engagement in relevant activities, increased kindergarten readiness, increased family and elder involvement, and increased resources to support culturally relevant instruction.
Partners:  Algaaciq Tribal Government and Association of Village Council Presidents

Name of Applicant:  Alaska Humanities Forum (S356A140049)
Number of Students Served:  60
The Creating Cultural Competency for Early Career Teachers(C3-ECT2) Project will address two pervasive problems in rural Alaska education: high teacher turnover rate and early career teachers new to Alaska that are culturally unprepared for life in rural villages, leading to high teacher workforce turnover.  The project will serve 60 early career teachers new to Alaska, and has the potential to impact the student achievement of 5,567 Alaska Native students.  The project includes summer cultural immersion orientation and debriefings for new teachers, village elders, and students in Kiana or Umkumiut.  The project goals are to improve new teacher preparation for living and teaching in rural Alaska and increase teacher retention through a combination of cultural induction and mentoring and to increase student achievement in persistently low-achieving schools in two rural Alaska school districts.
Partners: Lower Kuskokwim School District, Northwest Arctic Borough School District, University of Alaska Office of K-12 Outreach, Maniilaq Association and Calista Heritage Foundation

Name of Applicant:  Lower Kuskokwim School District (S356A140013)
Number of Students Served:  4,296
The Lower Kuskokwim School District (LKSD) will provide Yup'ik language materials for use in classroom dual language, cultural and core academics instruction; and engage teachers in three years of scientifically–based, comprehensive, high–quality professional development on best practices in the classroom to use these materials effectively.  The project has four objectives: increase the numbers of quality Yup'ik language resources by rediscovering neglected materials and producing new ones; increase access to Yup'ik materials through cataloging, digitizing and publishing them; integrate the Yup'ik materials into both the academic and cultural curriculum; and train LKSD and three Partner district teachers in ways to use the materials effectively.
Partners:  Calista Elders Council, Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP), Alaska Staff Development Network, and Southwest Region School District

Name of Applicant:  Alaska Native Heritage Center (S356A140053)
Number of Students Served:  90
The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC), a 501(c)(3) educational and cultural center located in Anchorage, Alaska proposes an Alaska Native cultural education and career preparation program designed to engage youth ages 14-24 in activities that simultaneously accomplish cultural preservation and acquisition of valuable job skills they can use in future employment.  The Future Culture Bearers Program capitalizes on evidence that culturally-based education helps Alaska Native youth in constructing healthy foundations for success in academics, employment, and within their personal lives.  The program will leverage the resources available statewide in the form of elders and tradition bearers who are willing to pass on the endangered knowledge they possess.  Finally, the program will prevent culture loss by providing Alaska Native youth with the opportunity to take on the knowledge possessed by elders and tradition bearers as well as the responsibility to continue cultural preservation as they become the elders and tradition bearers themselves.  The project will offer a culturally-based paid Internship program for 90 Alaska Native youth ages 14-24 over three years. The program will include training to the interns in basic customer service skills, office equipment, and point-of-sale systems.
Partners:  First Alaskan Institute, Cook Inlet Tribal Council and Anchorage School District

Name of Applicant:  Yuut Elitanaurviat Inc.  (S356A140015)
Number of Students Served:  40
The Yuut Elitnaurviat GED Works Program has been designed to reengage students in the educational system.  GED Works will link individuals pursuing their GED to entry level certifications and job training programs with the intention of keeping students engaged and motivated with milestones that are tangible and achievable.  Additional educational resources and training opportunities will be provided to participants so that they take the GED and keep moving forward.  The project goal is to offer GED students and recent graduates job and life skills training along with expanded GED tutoring and testing.
Partners:  Alaska National Guard, Association of Village Council Presidents; Association of Village Council Presidents Regional Housing Authority, Bethel Community Services Foundation, Calista Corporation, City of Bethel, Orutsararmuit Native Council, Lower Kuskokwim School District, University of Alaska Fairbanks-Kuskokwim Campus and Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation

Name of Applicant: Sealaska Heritage Foundation (S356A140060)
Number of Students Served:  50
This project, Raven Reading, supports literacy development at the very foundation-- in early childhood—with the power of translating cultural strengths into home literacy practices, to prepare children for greater success in kindergarten.  This project aligns with the mission of Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI), which is “to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimpsian cultures.”  SHI intends to develop trainings and support groups in language and literacy development as well as books and posters that reflect cultural values, life experiences of Native families, and promote positive self-concepts with the goal of motivating parents and guardians to read books and talk with their children.  This project supports kindergarten readiness by supporting parents, grandparents, teachers and day care providers in learning how to weave oral language development throughout the day into fun language activities; such as singing and talking; support listening and speaking skills; enhancing responsive conversations as part of daily routine; learning opportunities to increase oral language abilities; collaboration with family members.
Partners: Juneau School District and Tribal Head Start

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