The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) serves a highly diverse student population spread across a vast terrain. Based on DEED’s self-identified priorities, NWCC is providing high-impact support on the following initiatives:
Systems and Practices for School Improvement Statewide
DEED has embarked on two different but highly coordinated efforts to ensure an excellent education for every student every day: the Alaska Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan and Alaska’s Education Challenge. NWCC is supporting DEED as it develops cross-collaborative systems and practices to successfully implement these statewide school improvement initiatives. Areas of focus include effective communication with stakeholders, strategies to keep partners engaged and committed, support and resource alignment at all levels of the education system, and a process for monitoring and adjusting state and local efforts to ensure continuous improvement over time.
Regional Efforts to Improve American Indian and Alaska Native Education
Working with DEED and the Northwest’s four other state education agencies (SEAs), we build stakeholders’ capacity to meet the educational needs and support the strengths of Native students. We do this by facilitating a professional learning network among the SEAs’ Indian education coordinators so that they can share resources, promising practices, and lessons learned. In addition, we provide technical assistance to individual SEAs through state-level projects with regional impacts.
Rural Innovation and Student Engagement Network
In 2013, NWCC and our partners at Boston College created an educator network. The goal: Reduce isolation by connecting educators from some of the region’s most rural and remote districts. Today, the Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) Network convenes teachers and leaders from more than 30 districts in five states (including Denali Borough and Lower Kuskokwim school districts in Alaska), as well as SEA staff members, to collectively improve student outcomes and engagement across the region.