ASDN a Partner in New ANEP Grant Projects

ASDN is proud to announce that we are a partner in two new Alaska Native Education Program grant projects starting in the fall of 2014.

The Strategies for Alaska Native Student Success (SANSS) project, a collaboration with Bering Strait School District and Kawerak Inc., will a) provide indigenous language materials and elder interchanges for use in classroom cultural and core academics instruction, b) assist the district in the selection/development of core math and language arts materials that best serve the needs of Native students, and engage in three years of scientificallybased, comprehensive, highquality professional development on best practices in using these materials, and c) train staff in ways to increase attendance and graduation rates through the provision of positive behavioral supports. ASDN will provide professional development and project management.


  1. Build Cultural Connections for Student Success
  2. Improve Math and Language Arts Achievement
  3. Increase Positive School Behaviors, Attendance and Graduation Success.

The Yuuyaramek Elitnaurutkat: Teaching Ways of Being Yup’ik  will a) provide Yup’ik language materials for use in classroom dual language, cultural and core academics instruction, plus, b) engage in three yearsof scientifically–based, comprehensive, high–quality professional development on best practices in the classroom to use these materials effectively.  This project is primarily a collaboration between the Lower Kuskokwim School District, the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) and ASDN.  ASDN will provide professional development and project management. Lower Yukon, Yupiit and Southwest Region School Districts are also partners and their educators will have access to resources and professional learning opportunities.


  1. Increase the Numbers of Yup’ik Language Resources
  2. Organize and Digitize Yup’ik language Resources to Increase Access and Use By Students, Parents and Teachers
  3. Integrate New Yup’ik Language Resources Into Core Academic Curricula
  4. Train Teachers in Effective Ways to Use Yup’ik Language Materials to Boost Cultural Knowledge and Academic Success.