COE Faculty member Dr. Kathryn Ohle has been selected as one of the Alaska Center for the Book’s winners for the 2016 Contributions to Literacy in Alaska (CLIA) awards! 

Over the past 23 years, Alaska Center for the Book has presented CLIA awards to more than 75 people and agencies who have made significant contributions to literacy, the literary arts, and preservation of the spoken and written word in Alaska. Winners have included teachers, librarians, authors, tutors, organizations and others dedicated to making the world a better place through the gift of language. The selection committee was impressed by the program Kathryn led to provide children’s books in Alaska Native languages via Unite for Literacy. As one committee member said, “She saw the need and created the project and steered it to success.  That’s the kind of thinking and initiative we want to honor.”

CLIA Award

The College of Education is involved in a wide variety of community projects, research, and state partnerships. Click an option below to view a recent example.

  • Special Education Service Learning Projects

    Krista James in the College of Education Special Education program has incorporated service learning into many of her courses. Students in EDSE 212 painted faces at the Anchorage Walk for Autism and students in EDSE 212 and EDSE 635 served as "buddies" for the contestants in the Alaska Miss Amazing Pageant. In addition, students in EDSE 635 participated in a service learning project where they captioned videos for local non-profits.

    Miss Amazing Pagent

    Miss Amazing

  • Project LEAP

    Project LEAP (Language, Equity and Academic Performance) is an ESL endorsement for Alaska certified K-6 Teachers in partnership with the Anchorage School District, Juneau School District, and Mat-Su School District. This program has 80% subsidized tuition through grant funding. Students learn how to foster English language proficiency and academic achievement for the English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classroom with a concentration on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).

    The grant ends in December 2017. We are currently in the final cohort and not accepting applications.

    Through this program students learn to:

    • Foster English language proficiency and academic achievement for the English Language Learners (ELLs) in your classroom.
    • Integrate English language skills into Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) curriculum.
    • Support ELLs with interrupted schooling.
    • Promote strong literacy skills for ELLs.
    • Create a classroom culture that supports ELLs.
    • Strengthen family involvement by creating school-community

    The Graduate Certificate in Language Education is still available for enrollment.

  • Research and Alaska Native Education

    The Research and Alaska Native Education initiative is dedicated to the belief that a better future for Alaska Native peoples requires a transformation of current educational systems. Alaska Native cultures, societies, organizations and peoples bring thousands of years of knowledge, insights and understandings about the lands, waters, and dynamics of Alaska.  A transformation of the educational systems for Alaska Native students requires an integration of Alaska Native cultures and languages from preschool to graduate school.  

  • Online Tutoring partnership with Lake and Peninsula School District

    The College of Education at UAA is proud to be partnering with Lake and Peninsula School District for online tutoring of K12 students. UAA COE’s course, EDFN 210 Data-Informed Instruction: Online Tutoring, focuses on culturally responsive pedagogy and application of assessment data to inform lesson planning for tutoring sessions. Online tutoring sessions are delivered one-on-one via Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing twice a week for a half hour. Based on the data provided on their student, our tutors develop lesson plans and activities which they then load into Collaborate to give the students a chance to interact with the material using the tools in Collaborate. 

    Lake and Pen's tutoring coordinator, Linda Richter, works closely with teachers in her district to identify students in need of one-on-one tutoring and collects data about the students to provide to our tutors. The process of matching university tutors with K12 students is a complicated process of fitting tutor strengths with student needs and teacher's classroom time with our tutor's availability. Throughout the semester, our tutors communicate with the K12 teacher of their student and Lake and Pen tutoring coordinator regularly. 

    Through this course and partnership, our hope is to begin to build a pathway to teaching in rural Alaska. Many other districts have expressed interest in getting involved once we have enough tutors. In addition to EDFN 210, some College of Education faculty are offering online tutoring as an option in their courses. Students in this program shared a little about their experience on the Online Tutoring ePortfolio.

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