Alaska Resources

Alaska Resources

Federal Resources for Alaska

Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) State Network: Alaska

Established by the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, the Technical Assistance (TA) Center on PBIS is charged with providing schools capacity-building information and TA for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective schoolwide disciplinary practices. This page of the Center’s Web site includes contact information for Alaska’s PBIS coordinators and facilitators and its designated TA Center partner.

 

State Resources for Alaska

Advancement Project: Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track: Web Site and State Map

Advancement Project works at both the national level and with grassroots organizations nationwide to examine, expose, and reform practices that lead to the criminalization of students. It also works to build capacity for community-led work and build bridges among those working to end the school-to-prison pipeline. This map presents State-based activities, resources, and news related to the school-to-prison pipeline.


 


Alaska Department of Education & Early Development

The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development Web site provides information and resources for creating safe and supportive schools in Alaska.


  • School Safety

    This Web page provides information on school safety laws and regulations in Alaska and provides national and State school safety resources.

     
  • School Climate & Connectedness/Assets

    This Web page provides resources on school climate, including an introduction to school climate and connectedness developmental assets, information on school climate assessments and evaluations, links to school climate research, and other resources related to school climate (e.g., professional development, sample guidelines, parental involvement).

     
  • School Counseling/Behavioral Health

    This Web page provides information and resources about school counseling and behavioral health services.

     
  • Restorative Justice/Discipline

    This Web page provides several resources on restorative justice and discipline, including research and links to trainings, videos, Web sites, examples, samples, and guidelines.

     
  • Alaska Schoolwide Positive Behavior Supports

    This Web site provides schools and districts with resources related to the implementation of schoolwide positive behavior supports (SW PBS),  including resources related to the phases of implementation: Orientation, Readiness, Data Collection, and Implementation of Tiers.

     
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions  and Supports (PBIS) eLearning Course

    This Web-based, interactive training course supports Alaskan educators and parents. The PBIS eLearning course offers parents and educators the opportunity to become familiar with the purpose and history of PBIS and learn about the Universal Tier, where behavioral expectations are taught to all children in a school, early childhood, or agency program.


Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning: Collaborative Districts Initiative: Alaska (Anchorage):

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning’s (CASEL’s) Collaborating Districts Initiative is a national effort aimed at supporting districts’ capacities to promote social and emotional learning for all students. This effort recognizes that positive student outcomes depend on improving classrooms and schools, which in turn depends on improving districtwide capacities and conditions. To promote such systemic changes, CASEL has partnered with eight large urban school districts. This page provides links to information about this initiative in Anchorage, Alaska and other participating districts.


 


Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning: SEL in Your State

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the University of Illinois at Chicago Social Emotional Learning Research Group are conducting a review of educational standards related to social and emotional learning (SEL) from preschool to high school in all 50 States and the six Territories to understand whether and how States currently address SEL in their learning standards. This Web site presents the findings from the review by State and grade level. The preliminary findings from the first year of this 2-year project, State Scan of Social and Emotional Learning Standards, Preschool through High School, is also available for download.


 


Dignity in Schools Campaign: Resources on Your State: Alaska

This Web site includes resources, by State, that the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) has been collecting for stakeholders. For some States, the Web site includes information on suspension and the pipeline to prison, as well as parent advocacy guides related to student pushout.


 


National Center for School Engagement Truancy Program Registry

The National Center for School Engagement provides a registry of truancy reduction programs by State, and includes detailed information about each program including contact information and evidence of effectiveness. Searches can also be narrowed by keywords, grade level, evidence of effectiveness, and more.


 


National Center on Response to Intervention: RTI State Database: Alaska

Response to Intervention (RTI) integrates assessment and interventions to maximize student achievement and reduce behavior problems. This database provides locally-developed (by States, territories, or districts) resources on a number of topics related to RTI, including behavior management, disproportionality, and cultural and linguistic competence. The resources, which range from policy documents and briefs to trainings and tools, are provided in an effort to share examples and information across States. Site visitors can search the database by State, topic (e.g., disproportionality, cultural and linguistic diversity), grade level, resource type, and/or audience.


 


National School Climate Center: School Climate Policies and Laws Database: Alaska

This database contains information about laws and policies designed to address school climate and bullying prevention in each State. From this database, users can generate profiles of State policies for school climate and bullying prevention efforts, and view reports on State policies on these two issues. 


 


Project Ki’L

Project Ki’L (pronounced kul'uh—a Dena'ina word for boy) serves Alaska Native and American Indian boys in grades K–5. It seeks to (1) narrow the academic achievement gap for Native boys, (2) improve school attendance for Native boys, and (3) create a more culturally inclusive climate in project schools. The project also offers professional development for teachers and support staff and student activities designed to build the social and emotional skills of participating boys.

Local Resources for Alaska

Anchorage School District School Safety Resources
Student safety is of key importance to the district. Many of the policies and procedures regarding student safety are outlined in the elementary, middle, or high school student and activity manuals.

  • Climate and Connectedness Surveys
    These surveys provide educators and the community with information about students’ perceptions and experiences related to school climate and connectedness, which have been shown to be preconditions for learning.  Survey results can be used in setting school goals and redirecting resources. This Web page provides information about the surveys’ links to a copy of the 2013 survey for grades 3–4 and 5–12 as well as a survey brochure that provides additional information about the survey.
     
  • Social and Emotional Learning
    This Web site provides information about social and emotional learning (SEL) in the Anchorage School District, including its SEL benchmarks and standards. It also provides tools and resources for implementing SEL, including tools for teachers, SEL videos, and information about SEL and culturally responsive practices.
     
  • SEL Wiki
    The district hosts a Wiki on SEL that provides SEL tools and resources including teacher tools, SEL videos, and draft rubrics for standards-based assessment and reporting for SEL skills  for students in grades K–6.
     
  • Culturally Responsive Education
    Anchorage School District has adopted a continuum of goals and outcomes that promote culturally responsive education. These goals and outcomes address attitudes, environment, curriculum, teaching strategies, and family/community involvement. The district also provides information about culturally responsive teaching principles.

 

Educating Hearts: A Districtwide Initiative /to Teach How To Care
The George Lucas Educational Foundation has created two videos, which showcase SEL in the Anchorage School District: How to Teach Math as a Social Activity and Educating Hearts: A Districtwide Commitment to Teach How to Care.

 

Alaska Family Engagement Action Plan

ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION & EARLY DEVELOPMENT

The Alaska Family Engagement Plan is built around nationally recognized components critical to the goal of maximizing student success and achievement through family engagement. This action plan suggests steps that schools, parents, and community members can take to ensure that student success is a collaborative effort.

Association of Alaska School Boards' Initiative for Community Engagement (ICE)

The AASB is an organization representing school boards in Alaska. The AASB’s ICE advocates for children and youth by assisting school boards in providing quality public education focused on student achievement through effective local governance. ICE works on issues related to social and emotional learning and school climate.  


School Safety and Security Checklist

ALASKA PUBLIC ENTITY INSURANCE

This checklist is designed for school safety staff to evaluate the safety and security of their school and identify areas for improvement. 

Stone Soup Group’s Behavior Support

Stone Soup Group (SSG) is a statewide organization that provides information, support, training, and resources to assist families caring for children with special needs. SSG also provides training and technical assistance to Alaska school districts on schoolwide PBS implementation. This Web site outlines the process for supporting schools involved in PBS. 

University of Alaska Anchorage Alaska Justice Forum, Juvenile Justice and School Discipline Resources

The Alaska Justice Forum is a quarterly research journal focusing on justice and legal issues in Alaska. This Web page provides a bibliography of publications and other resources on school discipline in relationship to juvenile justice, with an emphasis on the "zero tolerance" policies that emerged from the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994.