School Year Conferences and Institutes

Communicating Across Cultures with Fr. Michael Oleksa (Anchorage) Fall 2017

September 20, 22 and 23 – BP Energy Center, Anchorage

Join the Rev. Dr. Michael Oleksa, a leader in the development of cross-cultural communication in Alaska and student of Native cultures for Communicating Across Cultures, a three-credit, 500-level multicultural education course this fall. This is a blending learning class and online follow up work is required. This course meets Alaska Department of Education and Early Development requirements for teacher certification and re-certification.  This course has been approved by the Alaska Board of Nursing for continuing education credits.  It has been approved on MLP by the Anchorage School District. The Wednesday and Friday sessions are evening sessions.  Saturday is a a full-day class. Over a thousand Alaskan educators have participated in Father Oleksa’s classes over the last fifteen years.

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Communicating Across Cultures with Rev. Dr. Michael Oleksa (Sitka) Fall 2017

October 19, 20, 21 – Sitka, UAS Campus – Online follow up work due by December 10, 2017

Join the Rev. Dr. Michael Oleksa, a leader in the development of cross-cultural communication in Alaska and student of Native cultures for Communicating Across Cultures, a three-credit, 500-level multicultural education course this fall. This is a blending learning class and online follow up work is required. This course meets Alaska Department of Education and Early Development requirements for teacher certification and re-certification.  This course has been approved by the Alaska Board of Nursing for continuing education credits.  It has been approved on MLP by the Anchorage School District. Over a thousand Alaskan educators have participated in Father Oleksa’s classes over the last fifteen years.

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Alaska Alive with Fr. Michael Oleksa (Anchorage) Fall 2017

November 2-4, 2017 – Anchorage, BP Energy Center

with online follow up work due by December 14.

In Alaska Alive! you will learn about Alaska’s history and the history of education in the state from one of Alaska’s most dynamic presenters. Explore the culture of the Native peoples of Alaska and the connections between the environment and emigrationsThis is a blended learning course. The class begins with three face-to-face sessions with Father Oleksa in Anchorage at the BP Energy Center and is completed online with instructor Sharon Bandle. This course meets the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development requirements for teacher certification in Alaska History and re-certification (APU EDUC 59500, 3 credits) and has been approved in the Anchorage School District’s MLP system. 

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2018 RTI/MTSS Effective Instruction Conference

January 27-28, 2018 Dena’ina Center, Anchorage

Maximize your impact on student learning – with a focus on personalized learning, effective instruction, and evidence-based practices.

Featured Topics:

  • Micheal Horn and Heather Staker, the authors of Blended, will provide the Why and How of using blended learning to improve personalization and build a more student-centered school. They will provide inspiration and practical implementation guidance for educators seeking to incorporate online learning with traditional classroom time.
  • Dr. Doug Fisher and Anita Archer will focus on using explicit instruction and lessons from Visible Learning for Literacy (Fisher, Frey and Hattie).
  • Math and RTI experts Dr. Doug Clements and Dr. Karen Karp will explore the latest research in the building blocks of early mathematics and how to support struggling students in Math.
  • Using Hattie’s Visible Learning research as a base, Dr. Peter DeWitt and Domonique Smith will explore the most impactful strategies for teachers and school leaders to improve school climate and teacher-student relationships. Dr. Chris Blodgett will talk about how to move from ACES to action — what trauma-informed practice really looks like in the classroom, based on his work in Washington State.
  • Jenni Donohoo will explore the research behind collective teacher efficacy, Hattie’s number one factor that influences student achievement, and how to foster collective efficacy in your school and district.

Save the dates and join your colleagues from around the state for the best professional learning opportunity of the year. Over 1,000 educators from 37 districts attended the conference last year. A full-day pre-conference for small schools will take place on Friday, January 26. The conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday, January 27 & 28.

More information and online registration coming soon.