This project is funded by an Alaska Native Education Program grant from the US Department of Education. The grantee is the Native Village of Unalakleet.
The Bering Strait School District (BSSD), Native Village of Unalakleet, Alaska Council of School Administrators/Alaska Staff Development Network (ASDN) and RGI Research Corporation have come together to create a partnership to address four areas of identified educational needs of Alaska Native students. The identified needs are academic/learning loss, social emotional wellness, cultural belonging, identity and language, and preparation for postsecondary education.
Sites: 15 village school sites in BSSD: Aniguiin, Anthony A. Andrews, Brevig Mission, Diomede, Gambell, Hogarth Kingeekuk Sr., James C. Isabell, Koyuk-Malimiut, Martin L. Olson, Shaktoolik, Shishmaref, Tukurngailnguq, Unalakleet, Wales, White Mountain. The project will serve 1,708 students.
1. To support students to achieve academic success.
2. To increase the school climate and social-emotional wellness of students.
3. To increase student cultural awareness, self-identity and Inupiat/Yup’ik Language skills.
4. To increase the percentage of students enrolling into postsecondary education.
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Activities: Summer School, Project Lead the Way, Alaska Native Science and Engineering, Professional Development, Social Emotional Learning, Second Step, SEL Counselors, Developing Yup’ik Curriculum, Cultural Gatherings, Elders Storytelling, Exploring Self-Identity, College Readiness Assessments, College Awareness Events, College Campus Visits, Academic Planning & Advising, College Planning/Financial Aid, College Planning/Admissions.