Join us for a Kodiak Community conversation to discuss how we can effectively bring culture and traditional values into our schools to support children’s success.
Wednesday, April 19 – 5 pm at Main Elementary or Thursday, April 20 – 6 pm at North Star Elementary.
“We have known for thousands of years that Alaska Native kids thrive when they feel strong and secure in their identity, know their contributions are valued and important, and feel connected to and supported by their culture.” FAI dialogue participant.
The Alaska Association of School Boards, Kodiak Island Borough School District and First Alaskans Institute have joined together to advance the conversation on how to improve educational outcomes for our students, guided by traditional values and built with community support. We recognize that the classroom content is only part of a child’s education, learning about local culture and history is just as vital, if not more so, than classroom instruction in determining student success.
We invite parents, families, community members, culture bearers, educators, school board members and all interested to this community conversation to inform how we work together to co-create and advance a local education model that brings together the strengths from both Native and western education ideologies to benefit Kodiak’s children. This an opportunity to both envision schools that honor and respect Native cultures, and to start laying the foundation for strong partnerships that allow us to embed local culture and history in our schools. Light refreshments and drinks will be available. We look forward to seeing you this week. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org