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College of Education Amazing Stories
The Chevak Teacher Preparation Partnership, also known as “Cup’ik Dreams,” provides an example of a collaborative model to serve the needs of rural Alaska and Alaska Native students. One key feature of our program is the collaboration among Cup’ik teacher candidates and elders, teachers, local residents and University of Alaska Anchorage educators. Our partners focus on connecting UAA course content and teaching to Chevak’s subsistence way of life, history and culture. This model embraces partnership, inclusivity and teaching in ways that support culture, language, and place. The overall mission of this initiative is to provide students throughout Alaska the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certification for grades K-6. The program is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and distance classes. Traditional university schedules, timelines and other practices are adjusted to meet the needs of the students and the community. The content of the courses offered in this teacher education program prepares educators to teach in ways that create pathways for students to be successful not only in their communities, but also in the western educational system. This initiative is aligned with UAA’s 2017 strategic plan of serving the needs of students throughout rural Alaska.
~Professor Irasema Ortega recipient of the 2012 Selkregg Community Engagement & Service Learning Award
~CASE student Erin Kinavey Part C Coordinator, State of Alaska