ERIC Number: ED453006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Education Looks to a Bright Future in the New Millennium: A Report on the Alaska Rural Education Leadership Retreat.
Sharing Our Pathways: A Newsletter of the Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative, v4 n2 p1-3 Mar-Apr 1999
A 3-day retreat on rural education leadership in Alaska focused on how the Alaska Department of Education, the University of Alaska, rural communities, and school districts can better cooperate to address the long-term educational needs of rural communities. Recommendations were formulated in three focal areas. First, developing an Alaskan rural education action plan for the next 20 years involves adopting standards for culturally responsive schools; defining and achieving local control; developing a clearinghouse to network reform initiatives; engaging elders, families, and communities; stabilizing the rural workforce with a viable economic base; keeping village schools open, regardless of size; and reviewing and revising content standards to insure they address the needs of all Alaska students and communities. Second, developing a rural teacher preparation action plan for HEA, Title II funds includes designating the regional Native Educators Associations as key players in shaping rural teacher education initiatives, increasing the number of Alaska Native teachers and administrators in rural schools, supporting aides and associate teachers who aspire to be licensed teachers, paying interns to teach under the supervision of mentors, providing cultural orientation for new teachers, creating a cross-cultural specialist endorsement for teachers, and assuring funding for research. Third, developing an agenda for a statewide conference on rural education includes showcasing promising reform initiatives, inviting all stakeholders, and producing a video of the proceedings. (TD)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Change Strategies, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Cooperation, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Indigenous Personnel, Rural American Indians, Rural Education, School Community Relationship, Teacher Education
For full text: http://www.ankn.uaf.edu/sop/SOPv4i2.pdf.
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA. Office of Systemic Reform.
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Alaska Native Knowledge Network.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska