Sealaska Heritage Institute curriculum
Goals: Promoting the use of Tlingit
language and academic success of Tlingit students.
Population: varies with the project (see
Program Summary: Three projects will be
K-2 curriculum development for a partial
Tlingit language immersion camp for teachers,
teaching assistants working in partial immersion
classrooms, or for parents. Two 10-day retreats - one
at Dog Point Fish Camp near Sitka and one at Glacier
Funding: SHI received 3 substantial federal
Contact: Roy Iutzi-Mitchell
Goals: Culturally-based classroom,
increased academic success, increased school readiness.
Population: K-3 students, mostly Tlingit or
other Alaska Native, American Indian
Program Summary: Started in 2000 with 18
students in grades K-1. Has grown to 45 students in two
classrooms (K-1 and 2-3). Classroom teacher partners with
a cultural specialist (Nancy Douglas) - both have spent
considerable time and energy on curriculum development.
Classroom has an elder/fluent Tlingit speaker who visits
regularly. Program shows success - engaged students,
engaged families, students meeting core requirements.
Funding: Grant was not renewed; JSD has picked
up support for the program
Goal: The GEAR UP grant offers our
district additional funding to promote post-secondary
opportunities and increase achievement
Population: Low-income middle school students
(85% of our Juneau participants also have minority
Program Summary: The GEAR UP acronym stands for
"Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate
Programs." This school year's activities include career
exploration and informational-gathering field trips to
the university and to attend the college/career fair.
Students and parents will also be invited to evening
events where counselors explain postsecondary education
programs and financial aid opportunities.
Funding: This federal grant funding will
continue through next school year, ending June of
Kimberly Homme, GEARUP Grant Coordinator
Juneau School District [mail: 10014 Crazy Horse
463-1700 ext 330
Goal: Increased awareness of science
and/or math career options. Improve academic success of
Alaska Native students.
Population: Middle school students in the
Juneau School District (both Native and non-Native)
Camp WATER is a summer science/culture camp.
A - Adventure
T - Traditions
E - Explorations
R - Research
Funding: It has been run under various grants
for a total of five summers. Grant was not renewed - may
have enough carry forward funds to offer camp one more
Goals: partnerships w/families, assist
families to improve nutrition, attendance, and improve
behavior while in school, staff development on equity,
early adolescent development, and expanded strategies,
and provide support for families as students transition
between grade levels and schools.
Population: Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School,
Floyd Dryden Middle School and Riverbend Elementary
Grant has funded: breakfast program at DZ and RB,
afterschool tutoring and activity buses at RB, purchased
planners for each student at DZ, purchased school
supplies for each student on free/reduced lunch at DZ,
support for Tlingit language class, Alaska Native art
class at DZ, staff development - teachers attended TRIBES
Funding: Next year grant will fund only the
VISTA volunteer position.
Contact: Les Morse
South East Regional Resource Center
ANSWER Camp provides a series of two-week summer
retreats to meet the need for culturally relevant science
and math enrichment for 7th and 8th grade students living
in rural Alaska Native villages and communities.
ANSWER Camp makes math and science instruction more
meaningful by connecting local values, cultures, and
concerns to western scientific principles.
Traditional Native ways are honored and scientific
concepts are explored in the context of village life.
Alaska Native students are better prepared to enter
village high schools and to meet the challenges of a
rapidly changing world as a result of their participation
in ANSWER Camp.
Linking western science applications to real life
village experiences makes education come alive and
motivates students to continue their education: I see
science all around me. ANSWER Camp helped me learn that I
can put Western and Native science together (Ruby, ANSWER
Project goals and outcomes are measurable:
GOAL ONE: Alaska Native middle school students will
demonstrate improved skills and attitudes regarding
school and science as a result of participation in summer
camp that focuses on culturally appropriate,
community-based science and math enrichment.
Objective One: Campers will demonstrate a 20% increase
in school attendance.
Objective Two: 95% of students will indicate
significantly improved attitudes about science and
mathematics as a result of participation in ANSWER Camp
Objective Three: All students will meet or exceed
performance standards established for culturally based
science and mathematics units of study implemented during
Objective Four: 95% of students will indicate
increased aspirations for the future, including student
plans to finish high school and go to college.
Objective Five: 25% of Campers will demonstrate
improved semester science grades in the semester
immediately following ANSWER Camp.
GOAL TWO: Parents, mentors and teachers of Alaska
Native middle school students will be involved in science
and math enrichment programs through the participation
with students in activities provided by the Parent/Mentor
Objective One: 80% of parents or mentors of ANSWER
Camp students will help their child excel in science and
mathematics through hands-on activities, video viewing
and discussion and participation in
Objective Two: Before ANSWER Camp, all campers'
parents, mentors and science teachers will be
individually informed regarding the goals, objectives,
and outcomes for Camper participation.
Objective Three: 80% of parents, mentors and teachers
will attend and participate in local Science Olympiads
organized by campers and science teachers.
Objective Four: 100% of village-based middle school
science teachers will provide individualized assistance
to students and their families leading to excel in
science and mathematics.
ANSWER Camp is a proven summer enrichment project
designed to provide cultural relevance and cultivate high
interest in math and science, increase academic success,
build parent support skills, and have a positive impact
on the educational aspirations of rural Native middle
To receive more information regarding ANSWER Camp
contact Sheryl Weinberg at (907)586-6806 or Patrick Henry
South East Regional Resource Center
210 Ferry Way
Juneau, AK 99801
Southeast Alaska Native
Population: Students in
grades 6-12 enrolled in southeast Alaskan school
Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School
10014 Crazy Horse Dr.
Juneau, AK 99801
Early Scholars Program
Goals: Increase the number of Alaska
Native students attending college; provide academic
support for those students
Population: 36 Alaska Native students in grades
9-12 at JDHS; recommended by a teacher; maintain a 2.0
GPA or higher
Program Summary: Students take a college trip
every year. The ESP is supported by a strong parent
group. Very successful - most students do go on to
attend college or some other post-secondary training.
Funding: Program is funded jointly between JSD
Contact: Paula Dybdahl
I Am Salmon project
Population: Middle School students in Southeast
Funding: Seattle-based organization One
Reel. Grant is exhausted - looking for new
Curriculum project - Study of local watershed around
the Pacific Rim - looking at the cultural significance of
salmon in various regions
Teachers Teaching Tlingit - Dick Dauenhauer
Goal: Incorporate Tlingit language instruction
into Juneau school district classrooms; familiarize
teachers with Tlingit pronunciation and orthography
Population: K-12 certified teachers in the
Juneau School District
Program Summary: Over the past five years the
Dauenhauers have taught JSD teachers about the Tlingit
language and assisted with curriculum projects. Many of
these projects are available on the JSD website.
Supported by the JSD. Question for this year: start with
a new cadre of teachers or continue on with the original
cohort to build and expand the curriculum?
Contact: Peggy Cowan
Salmon Subsistence curriculum
A preliminary proposal for funding has been
submitted to the Southeast Sustainable Salmon Fund (SSSF)
to develop an interactive, place-based curriculum and
resource materials on subsistence salmon. The proposed
curriculum will provide a multicultural understanding of
the importance, history, science, management, issues,
harvest and processing patterns, and distribution methods
of Southeast Alaska subsistence salmon fisheries. The
project will include curriculum modules with educational
activities, resources and background information; 2-4
page informational sheets on specific topics; multi-media
learning kits; an oral and visual salmon lexicon in
English, northern and southern Tlingit, Haida, and
Tsimpsian; a multi-media, interactive website; video
clips to be used in the website and learning kits; and
teacher training to be conducted both on-site in selected
communities and as a university accredited workshop in
Juneau. A searchable database of traditional ecological
knowledge on salmon, being developed through another
research grant, will be incorporated into the curriculum.
This project will involve a major collaboration between
the Alaska Department of Fish and Game; Dzantik'I Heeni
Middle School teachers, Native elders and educators;
Alyeska Central School and others to provide culturally
and regionally appropriate educational materials on
Funds were requested for three years for this project.
During the first year, a collaborative relationship with
selected communities and organizations will be developed
to assess what is already being accomplished concerning
salmon and subsistence education in these communities,
consult with Native "clan mothers" and video record their
thoughts on salmon subsistence, determine the details
concerning the curriculum modules, resource materials,
website, and learning kits and begin to create the
resource materials. The draft modules and multi-media
material s will be created and pilot tested in three
communities during the second year. The third year will
accomplish teacher training, on-site dissemination to
selected communities, evaluation of the curriculum and
materials, and incorporation of necessary revisions; and
final production and distribution. Alyeska Central School
would be responsible for ongoing dissemination of
curriculum materials and maintenance of the website. The
cost to develop the curriculum was estimated to be
$400,000 over the three years. The educational working
group of SSSF met on October 23, 2002 to identify their
goals and objectives and have not yet discussed the
subsistence salmon curriculum proposal.
Juneau Indian Studies
Population: K-12 students in the Juneau School