The Alaska Rural Innovation & Student Engagement Network (AKRISE) will hold their first face-to-face gathering on January 24th in Anchorage, at the Dena’ina Center. The convening will bring together teachers from across rural Alaska to:
- Engage in joint work and collaborative learning about authentic questions that matter to teachers working in rural Alaska and their students
- Benefit from sustained collaboration with their job-alike peers through both in-person and virtual gatherings
- Build collective capacity through sharing expertise and the cross-pollination of ideas and effective practices
- Collaborate using strategies such as action research, lesson study, co-curricular projects and video reflection.
AKRISE was designed as a blended professional learning network by a steering committee of Alaskan educators with support from Education Northwest and Marzano Research to bring together educators from small, rural schools across Alaska to collaborate and connect to improve teaching and learning.
Teachers in the network will collaboratively work together face-to-face in job-alike groups to share strategies for tackling contextual challenges and share impactful instructional practices. Job-alike groups allow rural teachers who are often the only teacher at their grade-level, subject or school to collaborate with other teachers at their grade-level or subject area to deepen their practice and share their work. Teachers will work together in job-alike groups to design learning experiences for students or engage in collaborative inquiry. After face-to-face convenings, teachers continue to collaborate virtually.
Please register by January 1st using this registration form. There is no cost.
This is an independent, teacher-led project that is separate from ASDN. We are posting this to help get the word out about this excellent opportunity for rural teachers!