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- Charter Schools Resource Journal
Krista James in the School of Education Special Education program has two articles published in the Charter Schools Resource Journal Vol. 11, No. 1.
- Culturally Responsive IEP Teaming: Collaboration with Indigenous Families
- Response to Intervention (RTI) and Culturally Responsive Practice
Editor David E. Whale, Ed.D. from Central Michigan University, wrote, "Krista James from the University of Alaska Anchorage has two interesting contributions this issue. She examined the little-studied population of indigenous families with children receiving special education services. This literature review will help special educators who work with Alaska Native and American Indian families. Krista’s second article explains how a vision to meet student academic, social, and cultural needs is not being realized in culturally and linguistically diverse learners."
- Munartet Project
Munartet is an Alutiiq word which means “artists.” The Munartet Project Grant is an initiative to increase the number and tenure of confident, competent K-12 teachers to teach in and through the arts and culture on Kodiak Island. The project provides specific strategies to support arts discipline-based, arts integration, and culturally relevant arts teaching methodologies for pre-service and new teachers. The project is a partnership between the Kodiak Island Borough School District, Kodiak College, Kodiak Arts Council and Alutiiq Museum, with support from the Alaska State Council on the Arts. For information about the Munartet Project please contact
Kathryn Ohle, PhD, faculty member in Early Childhood Education is working on multiple projects including:
Sharing the Wealth (with UAA Librarian Jennifer McKay): In the summer of 2017, two university faculty in the College of Education and UAA/APU Consortium Library helped facilitate an exchange of classroom libraries by collecting donated books from those leaving the field, sorting them, and then passing on carefully created collections to twelve new teachers. The exchange was created to provide new teachers with the instructional materials they need to help provide a literature- rich environment for their students while also providing scaffolding in setting up a strong and diverse classroom library. While these efforts are notable, the effects are yet to be seen. Thus, the aim of this upcoming research project is to investigate how the new teachers are using the books and which books are considered most valuable to them and their students.
Teachers' Use of Dual Language Books in Alaskan Communities: This qualitative study investigating how dual language digital books are used by early childhood teachers working with primarily Alaska Native children and families. In particular, there is a desire to know how the teachers use the dual language books in their classrooms and if the teachers use these resources to foster early literacy and/or to help teach and preserve native languages. The research was situated in six preschool classrooms where researchers observed the teachers and conducted semi-structured interviews to triangulate the data. Using the constant-comparison method of analysis, findings indicated that while the books were created to reinforce multiple languages, approximately thirty-three percent of the time, teachers used the books to introduce content either through whole group instruction or independent exploration time; in approximately sixty-six percent of the time, the books were used to emphasize home languages; and one hundred percent of the time, early literacy skills were reinforced. While the sample size is too small for generalizations, these results present implications for teachers and parents.
- Indigenous Education
School of Education faculty members Agatha John-Shields and Paul Ongtooguk are becoming involved in many courses as experts in Alaskan indigenous education. (More details coming soon.)