ALANS: Accelerating Learning for Alaska Native Students

The Accelerating Learning for Alaska Native Students (ALANS)  project serves 27 rural schools in the Lower Kuskokwim School District.  The student population of these schools is 94% Alaska Native. ALANS is in its second year of implementation.

The overall goal of the LKSD ALANS Project is to improve academic achievement, instructional leadership, classroom instruction and school climate/connectedness. To accomplish these goals,the ALANS Project is supporting the implementation of the LKSD Instructional Framework.

LKSD’s Instructional Framework includes three main initiatives, which are Response to Intervention (RTI), Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP), and Improving School Climate/Connectedness.

The implementation of the LKSD Instructional Framework is supported through a series of professional learning, coaching and technical assistance activities provided by the ALANS Instructional Team of Dan Walker, Carlton Khuns, Lexie Domaradzki, Gary Whiteley, Shelby Skaanes, Karl Schleich and Hank Overturff.  Partner Organizations are the Lower Kuskokwim School District, the Alaska Staff Development Network, and the Association of Village Council Presidents.


Many thanks to GCI SchoolAccess for partnering with ASDN and LKSD for this project.

GCI SchoolAccess supports professional learning for rural educators through VTC access and technical support at no cost to the project.


Project funding from the US Department of Education, Alaska Native Education Program –  Award #S356A120024.