ERIC Number: ED443603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov-30
Reference Count: N/A
Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative: Year Three Annual Progress Report, December 1, 1997-November 30, 1998.
Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Alaska Native Knowledge Network.
The Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative (AKRSI) was established in 1994 to develop pedagogical practices that incorporate the indigenous knowledge systems of Alaska Native peoples into formal educational programs. The statewide project is organized around five initiatives, each of which is implemented in one Native cultural region at a time on a rotational schedule over 5 years. A sixth initiative focuses on developing a statewide educational telecommunications infrastructure. This report addresses questions associated with the following six "drivers": (1) implementation of comprehensive, standards-based curricula, including assessment, in every classroom and learning experience provided through AKRSI; (2) provision of high quality mathematics and science education and preparation and support of teachers; (3) convergence of all resources that support science and mathematics education into a focused, continuously improving program; (4) generation of parent and community support for the program based on presentations, evidence, and critical discussions; (5) accumulation of evidence that the program is enhancing student achievement in science and mathematics; and (6) improvement in the achievement of all students, including those historically underserved. During the first 3 years of implementation, AKRSI schools showed a net gain relative to non-AKRSI schools in mathematics achievement scores and dropout rates. (TD)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Change Strategies, Community Involvement, Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Indigenous Knowledge, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Partnerships in Education, Rural Education, School Community Relationship, Science Education, State Standards
Full text at Web site: http://www.ankn.uaf.edu/YearThreeReport.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alaska Federation of Natives, Anchorage.; National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Alaska Native Knowledge Network.