ERIC Number: ED437252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat: The School of the People of Quinhagak. Case Study.
As part of a larger study of systemic educational reform in rural Alaska, this case study examines recent efforts by the people of Quinhagak to integrate Yup'ik language, values, and beliefs into school practices and policies. Quinhagak is a Yup'ik Eskimo community of 550 people on the southwest coast of Alaska. Nearly all residents can communicate in both Yup'ik and English. The K-12 school enrolls about 140 students. A brief history of the community and its schools is drawn from the experiences of an elder and her descendants. As a participant in Alaska Onward to Excellence (AOTE), a district-driven reform process implemented around the state, the Quinhagak community leadership team developed an AOTE action plan that encompassed 10 statements of values and beliefs, a mission statement, and one student learning goal of communicating more effectively in Yup'ik. With that, the team decided upon two areas of study: (1) community involvement in schooling decisions and (2) the contribution of Yup'ik proficiency to overall student achievement. The case study gathered information on school organization; elementary and secondary facilities, personnel, and curriculum; special education and discipline programs; parent and community involvement; and assessment. Evidence of changes and trends is listed. Final comments summarize factors contributing to community choices for its school, factors enabling the school to implement new and self-determined educational priorities and challenges to narrowing the school-community gap and approving achievement. Appendices include school district statistics, school documents, and related publications. (Contains 14 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Bilingual Education, Bilingualism, Case Studies, Community Involvement, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Eskimos, Improvement Programs, Indigenous Personnel, Language Maintenance, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Self Determination
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on the Education of At-Risk Students (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.; Alaska Univ., Fairbanks.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska