Upcoming Events & Important Dates

For more information on UAA Events, Dates, & Deadlines, please visit the UAA Master Calendar.

  • May 18 - Summer Session Instruction Begins 
  • May 25- Memorial Day  - No Class
  • June 22 - 1st 5 week session ends
  • June 23 & 24 - No Classes for 10 week session
  • June 25 - Grades due for 1st 5-week session
  • June 25 - 2nd 5 week session begins
  • July 2nd - No Class for 10 week session and 2nd 5 week session
  • August 1- 10 week session ends 
  • August 1 - 2nd 5 week session ends
  • Grades due for 10 week session and 2nd- 5 week session
  • August 9 - New faculty orientation 




College of Education Amazing Stories

Cup'ik Dreams

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.

Partnership Qualities

Working toward the redistribution of power among members to ensure each has an equal voice.
Creating ongoing opportunities for dialogue.
Building on the strength of the community.
Creating place-based curriculum which strengthens UAA methods courses.
Supporting 12 paraprofessionals as they work toward their goal of earning a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.
Celebrating six Cup’ik Dreams members as they earn their associate of arts degrees by the summer of 2014.

Identifying Local Resources & Expertise…

Chevak resident and educator, Lilian Olson, has accepted the new position of school-university liaison to support Cup’ik Dreams. Ms. Olson provides cohort support in multiple ways, including identifying tutors and creating opportunities for teacher candidates to access support from the school and community. She addresses issues pertaining to university procedures, deadlines, and financial aid.

Cumikllutin Pay Attention

The Bilingual Multicultural Education and Equity Conference is being held in Anchorage from November 20-22, 2013. Join our partners, Naqucin Flora Ayuluk and Dr. Irasema Ortega, as they present the opening keynote on November 20th at 8:30AM at the Sheraton Hotel.

Cup’ik Dreams will have an article in the new journal Transforming the University:  Alaska Native Studies in the 21st Century published November 2013.

Recent News

Smithsonian Spotlight: In the Scheme of All Matters Iñupiaq
The Smithsonian Spotlight lecture series features Alaska Native artists, scholars and researchers on the first Thursday of each month. Hosted by the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum.