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Our Mission: To advocate for children and youth by assisting school boards in providing
quality public education, focused on student achievement, through effective local governance.
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  • 2021 Virtual Youth Leadership Institute Registration Open!
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  • Annual Conference Highlights
  • Allen Clendaniel - A Free AND Ordered Space
  • Ann Macfarlane - Jurassic Parliament
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  • STEPS Spotlight
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Giving Thanks
Lon Garrison, AASB Executive Director

Sometimes it can be a real chore to find the space in our lives to give thanks. Lately, I know that has been the case for me. Every day seems to present a new and unexpected challenge. I have struggled to find the right message for this month’s article, and then it hit me with gratitude and thankfulness.

It has been a very long 20 months of pandemic shenanigans, and just like many of you, I sometimes wonder why all this is happening and when will it end? It can often feel overwhelming. Many folks talk about self-care, and for me, that has been a topic that often feels out of reach because of the responsibilities I feel committed to uphold. I am sure many of you feel the same. As school board members who are leaders in your communities, this has never been more challenging. For superintendents and staff, the effort to keep children safe and learning is such a formidable task every day. However, we do not do this work alone, and for that, I am so very thankful.

Tips for Successful Board Meetings
Timi Tullis, AASB Associate Executive Director

Do you feel as a school board member you are doing one of three things: preparing for, attending, or following up on a meeting?

Board members dedicate a lot of their time to meetings. You have meetings for decision-making, problem solving, planning and evaluating! If you or your board are struggling with your meeting, here are a few tips to improve upon it.

AASB’s Annual Conference Wrap-Up!
Jenni Lefing, AASB School Climate and Conference Coordinator
It was so good to be in person with so many of you at this year’s Annual Conference! Forty-two school districts and over 200 school board members, district leaders, and statewide partners were in attendance.
Throughout the four days, attendees reconnected while learning, networking, and sharing insights. AASB’s Annual Conference began on Thursday, November 4th, with two pre-conference opportunities: Ready Set Govern and the Experienced Board Member Academy.

Are Alaska’s students ready for life after high school? The evidence says no. Here’s what we can do about it.
Emily Ferry, STEPS Collective Impact Coordinator

Since time immemorial, Alaskans have taught their children the skills needed to survive and thrive in our unique environments. Those skills may look different in modern society, but research indicates that connecting to culture, family, and community values is a powerful way to motivate students to pursue training and education.

Janelle Vanasse is the superintendent of Mount Edgecumbe High School and previously a longtime school administrator in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region. She has been examining the disconnect between the bright, motivated high school students she has worked with and the low numbers graduating from college or career and technical training.

AASB is offering three conferences during the month of December:

  • Executive Administrative Assistants Training, Dec. 9-10
  • School Law & Equity Day, Dec 10-11
  • Virtual Youth Leadership Institute, Dec. 3-5

Plan to attend these informative events! Descriptions and registration links below.
Executive Administrative
Assistants Training
December 9-10

This training is an opportunity for Executive Administrative Asisstants to connect and share ideas with colleagues from around the state.
  • Topics include:
  • Role of Board Secretary
  • Onboarding New School Board Members
  • Taking Minutes
  • Robert’s Rules of Order
  • New Laws & Regulations, and more! 

Registration is now open. Fee: $400 per person.
School Law & Equity Day
December 10-11

This year’s School Law Day is focused on A Free and Ordered Space 

Schools – possibly more than any other public or private entities – embody this tension between freedom and order. Schools bring together an incredibly diverse group of people each of whom want and expect the freedom to express themselves. On the other hand, schools must have sufficient order in the school community to be able to effectively and successfully deliver the level of education the next generation requires and deserves. This is a tall order made only more difficult over the last few years by the pandemic, societal discord, social media, and political polarization.

School Law Day topics include: 
  • The Free and Ordered Space for District Staff and Virtual Communications Outside the School House Gates- Monica Southworth 
  • Student Freedom and Its Impact on School Order and the Delivery of Quality Education. Luke Almon, Anchorage School District 
  • Freedom to Interact and Boundaries that Cannot Be Crossed- Clint Campion 
  • A Free and Ordered School Board Meeting In Two Parts: (1) Public Comment and (2) Disciplining Board Member Who Overstep Their Bounds- John Sedor 
  • A Free and Ordered Space in the Board/Superintendent Relationship

This year’s Equity Day is focused on “Reaching Every Student.” Topics include:
  • Equity and Policy
  • Teacher Retention
  • Superintendent Evaluations, and more!

Registration is now open. Fee: $400 per person.

Registration requirements for AASB’s School Law & Equity Day and Executive Administrative Assistants Training conferences will require one of the following three items:

  • Proof of a COVID vaccination (presentation of your actual vaccination card or a legible photo) or:
  • Proof of a negative COVID test (PCR) within three (3) days of the start of the AASB event or:
  • A health care provider’s documentation that you have had COVID within the last 90-days and are free from symptoms, including no fever within 24 hours of fever-reducing medications, has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared, and are not contagious for the virus but may test positive. If you cannot produce the proof listed above, you will not be admitted until the documentation is provided to AASB staff.

In addition, all attendees are required to follow AASB’s COVID-19 mitigation plan, which includes wearing a mask throughout the conference.
A Free AND Ordered Space: School’s discipline for off-campus social media speech?

Allen Clendaniel of Sedor, Wendlandt, Evans & Filippi, LLC
During class, a high school student gets caught saying “F*** Principal Smith. She’s a racist Karen!” Clearly, the student can be disciplined. Now, on Saturday night from his bed room, the student posts a video to his Instagram story where he dances and sings “F*** Principal Smith…..She’s a racist Karen.” Can the student be disciplined for the off-campus social media post?

Allen Clendaniel
2022 School Climate & Connectedness Survey (SCCS) Registration Open!
Each year, the majority of Alaska school districts collect and use school climate data to improve and strengthen school environments, relationships, and connections between students, staff, & families.
SCCS is a research-backed survey that collects valid and reliable perception data to better understand and build a positive school climate in your school district.

This year districts choose a five-week window between January 17- March 26 for students and staff to take the survey.

SCCS’s interactive survey platform through Panorama Education makes survey administration, reporting, and analysis interactive and user-friendly. Participating districts also receive:
  • Free webinars and ongoing training support to oversee survey administration, and how to use the interactive platform.
  • Support on how to use survey results that includes on-site workshops or virtual conferences led by AASB staff.
For more information, please reach out to Jenni Lefing.
Calling all Trauma Engaged School Champions
to Spread the Word!

AASB, in partnership with the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, is proud to launch Trauma Engaged Schools social media resources.

Through these 23 simple, visually appealing messages we strive to build awareness and support for Trauma Engaged best practices among Alaskan educators and schools.

Download and share these messages:
  • On your social media page
  • On your schools message board
  • In direct messages to those you work with

Check out other Trauma Engaged Schools Resources:
AASB also provides a suite of Transforming Schools resources to help Alaska schools and communities integrate trauma-engaged practices and policies into their everyday activities. Transforming Schools offers a framework, toolkit, video library, e-modules, and milestone guides.
Apply for AASB’s 31st Annual June Nelson Scholarship Competition 

Winners receive a
$1,500 scholarship!

The Association of Alaska School Boards is proud to announce its 31st Annual Scholarship Award Competition! The June Nelson Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of the late June Nelson, a longtime school board member from Kotzebue. June contributed much to the cause of education and is remembered for her outstanding service on behalf of Alaska’s children.

This 2021-2022 school year, AASB will award fifteen graduating seniors each with a $1,500 scholarship to apply toward their post-secondary education. The scholarship may be applied toward the student’s choice of a business, trade, or college institution.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm
AASB January Webinar Series
Don't miss these three informative noontime webinars coming your way in January 2022!

Hosted by AASB staff, these presentations are designed to
inform and educate.

Politics: The Art of Compromise
Norm Wooten
January 13, Noon – 1:00 pm

Alaska’s Trauma-Engaged Resources: Transforming Our Schools During the Pandemic and Beyond
Heather Coulehan & Lisa Worl
January 20, Noon – 1:00 pm

Board Conduct: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Timi Tullis & Tiffany Jackson
January 27, Noon – 1:00 pm
Over 200 attendees representing forty two school districts and a more than a dozen sponsors gathered at the Anchorage Hilton for AASB's first in person Annual Conference since 2019. In addition, many more board members from across Alaska joined virtual sessions that were streamed live via Zoom throughout the conference. We were humbled by the turnout and outpouring of support. Our thanks to all whose efforts and generosity helped to make it a safe and successful event!

We hope that those who attended this year, whether in person or virtually, gained new insights and ideas to support your role as a school board member. Please share your experiences and reflections with the rest of your board. For your reference, many of the slideshows, videos, handouts, and other resources can be accessed on the AASB website by clicking the button below.
AASB's 68th Annual Conference Convenes in Anchorage
AASB Annual Conference attendees gathered at the Anchorage Hilton Ballroom for a weekend of professional development designed to educate and inform school board members of all experience levels.
School board members, superintendents, and staff from districts across Alaska attended the conference in person, while dozens more tuned in from their home communities to participate in featured sessions that were streamed live over Zoom throughout the weekend.
Timi Tullis and Heather Coulehan filled in as servers to ensure attendees started their day with a hot and hearty breakfast!
AASB's administrative team, Laurie Miller, Stephanie Long and Heather Shaw, kept things organized and running smoothly.
Participants at Thursday's Experienced Board Members Academy pre-conference day received complimentary copies of the AASB publication, Stronger Together: The Power of School and Family Partnership in Alaska. School board members, community partners, parents and grandparents from across Alaska contributed to the book, which provides a roadmap and key milestones for family, student, and school partnerships.
Experienced Board Member Academy
FOCUS: Professional Boundaries
The day began with a question: How do we keep students safe? While boards have a legal requirement to keep students safe, most boards go above and beyond the legal requirements and put student safety policies and practices in place.

The most effective way to protect students and prevent abuse is
to stop abuse before it starts, Presenters throughout the day imparted stories, statistics, and strategies intended to educate board members on recognizing and preventing inappropriate boundary invasions by school staff, how a child is "groomed" by a sexual predator, and steps to take if an incident occurs.
An overview of The Alaska Safe Children’s Act, AS 14.30.355 (Erin’s Law) and AS 14.30.356 (Bree’s Law), information about state-developed curriculum, and other resources was provided by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. The mission of the Professional Teaching Practices Commission was explained, as well as its role in disciplining educators, and the complaint filing process.

APEI provided statistics on who perpetrators typically are in schools, and urged boards to adopt AASB Model Board Policy 5141.42 which provides general standards for maintaining professional boundaries, and AASB Model Administrative Regulation 5141.42 which provides specific examples for boundary invasions.

The law firm of Sedor, Wendlandt, Evans & Filippi provided an outline for how to conduct a professional boundaries investigation. Topics covered included hiring a private investigator, who to interview, records to review, disciplinary action, and board communication.

Lower Kuskokwim School District concluded the day with a presentation on implementing professional boundaries policy through audits that emphasized the importance of collective action to combat child sexual abuse in Alaska. Best practices to create institutional strength included the adoption of key policies and regulations, protecting students and staff, strengthening boundary training, and awareness of boundary invasions and sexual grooming.

AASB Executive Director Lon Garrison outlined the School Board's roles in curriculum and policy at Thursday's pre-conference session, Ready, Set, Govern!
Ready, Set, Govern!
The Ready, Set, Govern! track provided new board members with an overview of the many facets of school board service, as well as their key roles as board members. Knowledgeable presenters discussed a variety of need-to-know topics throughout the day-long event.
Some highlights included:
  • You’ve Been Elected to Your School Board, Now What? | AASB School Board Handbook
  • School Board’s Role in the Budget Process | Slides
  • School Board’s Role in Curriculum & Instruction | Slides
  • School Board’s Role in Policy | Slides | Policy & Governance Handout
  • Effective Board-Superintendent Relationships | Slides
  • Standing in Someone Else’s Shoes
  • Legal Rights & Responsibilities
  • Meaningful Meetings | Slides
General Session host AASB Past President Katie Oliver welcomes school board members to the first day of the 68th Annual Conference.
General Session
Friday's General Session kicked off with AASB immediate Past President Katie Oliver welcoming attendees to the first in-person annual conference AASB has hosted since 2019, a sentiment echoed by AASB Executive Director Lon Garrison in his welcoming remarks that followed. "I can't tell you how excited I am to see everybody in this room," Garrison said.

Margo Bellamy, AASB Board of Directors Secretary/Treasurer gave the land acknowledgment "to open a space with gratefulness and respect for the contributions, innovations, and contemporary perspectives of indigenous peoples."

"On behalf of the Anchorage School District and the Association of Alaska School Boards, I would like to take a moment to recognize and offer gratitude for the sacred ancestral lands of the Denaʼina people," Bellamy said.

DEED Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson began his remarks by saying, "Even in this mitigated space, it’s so good to see everyone and be together. As bad as it’s been, it makes us treasure being together more."

Dr. Johnson likened the past year of the pandemic to a hiking a mountain peak and thinking you're at the summit, only to realize after a few more steps that there's further to go. He said that experience has been almost harder, following heightened expectations last Spring and Summer of the virus subsiding.

"I don’t think we expected the disappointment we had this Fall," Johnson said. "But when we reach the crest of this COVID mountain, local control will not only have survived, but will come out stronger."

"When we get to the top and look at where we’ve been, locally governed schools got us to the top and will get us to the future," said Johnson. "And that’s you; school board members. You are essential for getting us to the future. Local control held in some of the most trying circumstances you’ve ever been in."

Johnson went on to praise AASB's collaborative partnership with DEED on the Trauma Informed Toolkit, and AASB's leadership on professional boundaries and culturally responsive schools.

General Session Video: Lon Garrison's opening remarks, Margo Bellamy's land acknowledgement, DEED Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson's remarks.
Katie Oliver, AASB Past President,
Kodiak Island Borough School District
Margo Bellamy, AASB Board of Directors Secretary/Treasurer, Anchorage School District
Lon Garrison, AASB Executive Director
Dr. Michael Johnson,
DEED Commissioner
Keynote: Heather Lende
Alaska State Writer Laureate and Author
Alaska State Writer Laureate Heather Lende is the author of four bestselling memoirs and many essays and stories. True to form, she punctuated her presentation with personal anecdotes
and poems.

"I now begin my day by turning my phone off for two hours," she said. "Instead of news to start my morning, I read poetry."

Lende drew upon her experiences of being on the local school board and living in a small community to recount stories that illustrated difficult decisions she was faced with as a board member.

"Without our stories we won’t have educational equity," said Lende. "The telling and listening of stories is important."
Heather Lende
She offered some tips that have helped her as a school board member:

  • I wrote at the top of my board meeting agenda: Be kind, be brave, be thankful.
  • Meet hostility with courtesy (don’t shout back). This doesn’t mean you’re a doormat. You have the power in that room, you get to vote.
  • We’ve been trained to see what’s wrong. It’s imperative to correct those things, but also important to show gratitude for things that are going right.
  • Our minds may not be changed by others with whom we disagree with, but I look forward to casual encounters with folks again, and finding common ground in mundane topics like the weather, cheering for the same sports team, etc.
  • A friend who is a nurse tells herself before walking in the door to work: "It’s good that I’m here," and then I makes it so.

Ms. Lende closed her presentation with a poem titled A Blessing For Leaders by Irish poet John O’Donahue. Here is a brief excerpt:

May you have the grace and wisdom to act kindly, learning to distinguish between what is personal and what is not.

May you act not from arrogance, but out of service.

May leadership be for you a true adventure of growth.

AASB President-Elect Pete Hoepfner of Cordova School District and Erin Morotti of Fairbanks North Star Borough School District presented a sectional titled, What's Bias Got to Do With It? The session included a demonstration, discussion and dialogue about implicit and unconscious bias, and how it can impact board decisions.
Breakout Sessions
Friday offerings included eight sectionals on a myriad of topical issues critical to the work of school boards. Presenters discussed legal issues, an update on Federal COVID relief funds, risk management, and tips on using Robert's Rules to run effective meetings. Links to some presenter slideshows, handouts, and video recordings are included below where noted.
Presenters Pete Hoepfner & Erin Morotti
Morning Breakout Sessions

Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  • School Board’s Role in Risk Management | Slides
  • What’s Bias Got to Do With It?
  • Robert’s Rules and Running Great Meetings (virtual option) | Slides | Video
  • Thriving, Not Just Surviving: How to Lift Up & Support LGBTQ2S+ Youth
Snapshot Sessions
Snapshot sessions provide an opportunity to learn about education programs, projects, initiatives, and strategies from across the state. The afternoon event allows attendees to sit in on any four of the 15-20 minute sessions offered.

This year's Snapshot topics included teacher retention, home internet access for students, clean energy programs, supporting students in reading, e-cigarettes in schools, and helping students plan for post-secondary success.
AASB’s Lori Grassgreen discusses Stronger Together - The Power of School and Family Partnership in Alaska during a Friday afternoon Snapshot session.
Attendees listen to a presentation by Tiffany Jackson of AASB on Engagement and Essential Conditions for Learning.
Southeast Regional Resource Center (SERRC) presented information about the Alaska Academic Decathlon & Pentathlon
Thanks for making the
June Nelson Auction a success!

Here are a few of the many items generously donated
by individuals, school districts, and organizations:
Caribou Mask from North Slope Borough School District.
Alaska Cribbage Board from Sitka Superintendent
Frank Hauser.
A colorful Kuspuk made by Doris Atchak from Kashunamiut School District.
Handmade pottery bowl from Sitka School District.
Walrus Bolo Tie made by
Ken Tikik of Kotzebue from Northwest Arctic School District.
Beaded dream catcher from Iditarod Area School District
The Friday evening June Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser is an annual AASB tradition. Proceeds from the auction are used fund scholarships that students can apply to their post-secondary education.

School board members from across the state attending AASB's Annual Conference brought with them many beautiful and handcrafted items from their regions to donate to the fundraiser.

This year's auction raised $11,500! On behalf of Alaska's students, our sincere thanks to the members, supporters, and winning bidders for their generosity!
Prospective buyers place their bids on silent auction items
Donations to the scholarship fund can still be made here:
Keynote: Nikkie Whaley
Equity Services Manager, Arizona School Boards Association
As Board Support and Equity Services Manager with the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA), Nikkie Whaley serves as a resource and thought leader in the area of equity.

Every child’s success is an individual journey. If we as school leaders want kids to achieve, we can’t push them into a “one size fits all” approach, Whaley said. Intent is not the same as results. To achieve positive student outcomes, school boards must move beyond intent to action.

She said ASBA’s commitment to equity is reflected in the association’s beliefs, goals, services and actions, which include:
Nikkie Whaley
  1. Student achievement and positive student outcomes must be the central focus of the work of school boards.
  2. Address the opportunity gaps that exist in every school and district.
  3. School boards are responsible for setting expectations and making decisions that support educators in closing opportunity gaps.
  4. School boards must build trusting and collaborative relationships with the many communities they serve to be successful in these endeavors and model this for district staff.
  5. Commit to the journey. Educational equity is an ongoing journey, not a fixed destination.

The Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) definition of educational equity: Educational equity is the fair allocation of resources, based on need, to address opportunity gaps and promote equitable outcomes for every student.

Ms. Whaley provided examples of what educational equity is, and isn't:
Equity Is...
  • Believing that each and every student is capable of success.'
  • Recognizing that students have different strengths and needs.
  • Acknowledging that opportunity gaps exist, and resulting achievement gaps exist.
  • Working to ensure every student has what they need to be successful.
Equity Isn't...
  • Believing that one group is innately "bad" or oppressive.
  • Watering down expectations for any group of students
  • Focused on blaming ir shaming.
  • Taking from some to give to others.
  • Punishing or penalizing White students/teachers/families.
Education increases earning potential and improves financial security, Whaley said. Poverty limits access to the components of success, and education helps to break this cycle. The work of education equity is critical to the prosperity of our communities and our country. We as school boards set student achievement expectations, she said, so
If not us, then who?

Zoom chat responses from virtual attendees:
What does student achievement mean to you?
  • Student achievement means student success. Also a student can recognize that it is okay to fail and learn how to move forward to success from that failure - Anne Titus, Yukon-Koyukuk
  • Completing each grade level to the best of their ability, nothing more, nothing less. We know they can succeed at their own pace - Wally Gust, New Stuyahok, Southwest Region
  • Providing equal opportunities for all students so they have skills to succeed. Also, being there, listening, guiding - Penny Vadla, Kenai Peninsula Borough
  • Learning to fail is key! Or — learning to recover from failing. Empowered to pursue their goals, dreams - Kelly Lessens, Anchorage
  • High quality education for every child no matter where they live, and families being involved and engaged - Shannon Johnson, Iliamna, Lake and Peninsula
  • Development and growth - Stu Mach, Kake City
  • A student making progress. A student beginning to gain confidence in themselves. As a teacher you know when they are beginning to understand an idea or a concept...A student just beginning to believe "they can do it" - Patti Truesdell, Kenai Peninsula Borough
  • Student achievement can be defined in so many different ways depending on district goals, school goals, and most importantly individual student goals - Jon Clouse, Southwest Region
Breakout Sessions
Saturday morning sectionals were largely focused on student success, well-being, and equity, and included a followup presentation and discussion by keynote presenter Nikkie Whaley.

Links to some presenter slideshows, handouts, and video recordings are included below where noted.
Breakout Sessions

  • Working Together to Prepare High School Students for a Career in Teaching Slides | Slides | Video

  • Keynote Follow-Up: Nikkie Whaley – Reclaiming Educational Equity for Alaska’s Students | Slides

  • Lessons Learned from COVID-19
Gene Stone, Superintendent of Lower Yukon School District and Kern McGinley of the Anchorage School District co-presented Working Together to Prepare High School Students for a Career in Teaching. The duo shared how their partnership has helped to prepare high school students for a career in teaching. They highlighted LYSD's residential component and ASD's middle college partnership with UAA.
Saturday afternoon Roundtables provided board members from across the state an opportunity to connect, share, and learn. Attendees joined members from other sites to participate in guided discussions that explored issues of importance to their districts and were relevant to their roles as school board members.
Awards Banquet
The AASB Awards Banquet is held each year to honor the outstanding service and achievements of school board members and superintendents. This year's award winners are listed below.
Photo: Superintendent of the Year Dr. Bridget Weiss of Juneau with members of the Juneau School Board.
Congratulations Award Winners!
2021 Outstanding Board of the Year

Yukon-Koyukuk School District Board of Education was named 2021 School Board of the Year by the Association of Alaska School Boards.

The Outstanding School Board Award honors a school board who uses their governance authority to effectively serve the students of the district to create our future leaders. 
Photo: (Left to right) Chrya Sanderson of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board presents Yukon-Koyukuk School Board members Ruth Folger, Gloria Patsy, and Superintendent Kerry Boyd with the 2021 Outstanding Board of the Year Award
2021 Carl Rose Governance Master Award Winners

Named after longtime AASB Executive Director Carl Rose, this award recognizes outstanding school board members for their contributions to Alaska’s students.

The following school board members are Master Level recipients of the 2021 Carl Rose Governance Award by the Association of Alaska School Boards:
Carl Rose
Master Level Award Recipients
Anchorage, Elisa Vakalis
Anchorage, Margo Bellamy
Anchorage, Pat Higgins
Bering Strait, Anthony Haugen, Sr.
Chugach, David Totemoff
Fairbanks, Chrya Sanderson
Kake, Stuart Mach
Kashunamiut Gregory Slats
Kashunamiut, Jeremy Tuluk
Lower Yukon, Matthew Kozevnikoff
Northwest Arctic, Cindy Fields
Northwest Arctic, Marie Greene
Unalaska, Fernando Barrera
More Award Winners!
for all Master, Experienced, & Basic levels
2021 MacKinnon Educational Excellence and Human Recognition Award

Clarence Daniel of Lower Kuskokwim School District was named 2021 recipient of the MacKinnon Award by the Alaska Superintendents Association.

The MacKinnon Award is presented each year to an Alaska school board member who has provided meritorious service to their school district and community.
Clarence Daniel
2021 Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Bridget Weiss, Superintendent of the Juneau School District, was named 2022 Alaska Superintendent of the year by the Alaska Superintendents Association.

The Alaska Superintendent of the Year Award is presented each year to an Alaska superintendent who exemplifies leadership for learning, strength in communication, professionalism, and community involvement.
Dr. Bridget Weiss
Delegate Assembly
The Delegate Assembly is the one time each year that the membership of AASB comes together to act on issues vitally important to the entire association.

One of these key issues is the adoption of our resolutions for the coming year. These agreed-upon statements serve to define the positions of the association and its members on a range of issues, and is critical for our advocacy work.

This year delegates debated resolutions pertaining to teacher education loans, power cost equalization, medical insurance, a new teacher incentive program, development of an Alaska Native language program, and support for proposed ESSA priorities, among other topics.

The Delegate Assembly also voted to appoint candidates nominated to serve on the association's board of directors. The 2021-22 AASB Board members elected this year are listed below.
A computer screen shows how virtual attendees experienced this year's Delegate Assembly, which was streamed live on Zoom. The first-ever interactive broadcast of the proceedings provided board members participating remotely the opportunity to offer amendments and comment on resolutions in real time from their home communities.
2021-22 AASB Board of Directors
Welcome New and Returning AASB Board Members!

The 2021-22 AASB Board of Directors are (Back row, left to right) John Mark, Lower Kuskokwim; Dana Mock, Delta/Greely; Margo Bellamy, Anchorage, Secretary/Treasurer; Pete Hoepfner, Cordova, President; Katie Oliver, Kodiak, Past President; Kasaŋnaaluk, Marie Greene, Northwest Arctic Borough, President-Elect; Tim Doran, Fairbanks North Star Borough. (Front row, left to right) Chrya Sanderson, Fairbanks North Star Borough; Diane Gubatayao, Ketchikan; Penny Vadla, Kenai; Clarence Daniel, Lower Kuskokwim; Dr. Barbara Amarok, Nome; Brian Holst, Juneau. Not pictured: Andy Holleman, Anchorage; Michael Swain Jr., Bristol Bay.

Each November at AASB's Annual Conference the membership elects individuals to serve on the AASB Board of Directors. These school board members were elected to the following terms on the AASB Board this year:

  • 1 year term - Andy Holleman, Anchorage School District
  • 3 year term - Dana Mock, Delta/Greely School District
  • 3 year term - Tim Doran, Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board
  • 3 year term - Diane Gubatayao, Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District
  • 3 year term - Katie Oliver, Kodiak Island Borough School District
  • 3 year term - Clarence Daniel, Lower Kuskokwim School District
AASB greatly appreciates the generous support of the organizations and businesses that helped to make this year's Annual Conference a success.

Supporting AASB through sponsorship provides expanded statewide professional development opportunities for school governance leaders who work on behalf of Alaska’s students.

Lost the vote? Don’t sabotage the council’s action
Ann Macfarlane, Professional Parliamentarian
We’ve had inquiries recently about elected officials who lost a vote, and then actively worked against the outcome. This amounts to trying to sabotage the council. It is wrong, wrong, wrong.

Q: What is the Consent Agenda process?
A: If your board uses Robert’s Rules of Order here is the preferred method that honors the idea of the “board decides:"
1. The Board Chair asks board members if there are any items on the Consent Agenda they wish to pull for separate consideration. Any member may do this, it requires no second and the member does not need to state a reason.

2. When the board is finished pulling items the Chair states: “I would entertain a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.”

3. A board member makes the following motion: “I move to approve the Consent Agenda consisting of items XX to XX.” Another member seconds.

4. The Board Chair asks for any discussion. If there is none (and there usually isn’t) the chair moves to the vote.

5. The chair asks “Is there objection?” After a pause, if there is none, the Chair declares “The Consent Agenda is approved without objection.” If someone does object, do a roll call vote.

This process maintains the balance of power and rights, and yet still creates expediency in dealing with usual, repeated business.

Read more answers to frequently asked questions at Ask AASB
Got a question? Email Timi Tullis or Tiffany Jackson.
Articles in this section are excerpted from the AASB STEPS Alaska Promise Neighborhood Newsletter that focuses on the work in progress among the Supporting Transitions and Educational Promise Southeast Alaska (STEPS Alaska) grant regional partners, who are striving to improve outcomes for Southeast Alaska’s youth.
Tips for Tribal-School Partnerships
Tribes and schools have not always had an easy relationship; local politics, competition for resources, the traumatic legacy left by boarding schools and policies promoting assimilation can make it difficult to partner. 

Despite this challenging history, tribal governments and other Alaska native-serving organizations are finding new ways to work together toward the shared goal of improving the well-being of Alaska Native children and families. Several tribal partners shared their tips for partnering with schools.

Hoonah students toured fishing vessels as part of their dual enrollment Fisheries Technology course developed in partnership with the Hoonah Indian Association. Photo courtesy of Sean Williams, hia-env.org
Culturally Responsive Teaching and Tribal-District Partnership
Our schools and classrooms are microcosms of our communities. And our communities are essential to the support of educating our students. 

With that in mind, and recognizing that Southeast Alaska’s original people of the land are the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian, it stands that our tribes can and should be natural partners in place-based, culturally responsive teaching.
Zaretta Hammond with STEPS participants for an online book study of her Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain. Photo courtesy of Lisa Worl
Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, suggests that we not think of culturally responsive teaching not as prescriptive (how to) as much as a mindset. Culturally Responsive teaching is “a way of thinking about and organizing instruction to allow for great flexibility in teaching...it helps teachers understand the brain-based principles...so that we can stimulate underperforming students’ cognitive development and grow self-directed learners.”

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Now more than ever, access to the Internet and digital technologies are critical to enabling online learning tools and access to quality education. The FCC’s E-rate program makes telecommunications and internet access more obtainable for schools across the nation. E-rate has become an essential funding source for schools, but the process of applying, eligibility, and supported technology has raised questions from districts.

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The discussion will feature:
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  • Natasha Boler, USF Program Compliance Director, GCI
  • Moderator: Jason Tomberlin, Senior Director of Education, GCI

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Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) is a temporary federal program that launched on May 12, 2021 to help eligible households pay for internet service during the pandemic.

For students whose families are struggling to afford their monthly internet service, this program may be able to help. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) administers the EBB Program under the direction of the FCC.

For more information visit GetEmergencyBroadband.org.
This Alaskan town is finally getting high-speed internet, thanks to the pandemic
Greg Kim, KYUK
Akiak sits along the Kuskokwim River, which transforms into a frozen highway in the winter. The only other way to get there is on a four-seater plane.

The village's remote location has made high-speed internet, which is typically delivered through cables, a fantasy for its 460-some residents. Now, it's about to become a reality in Akiak and rural communities around the nation, thanks in part to the pandemic.
Technicians and engineers install antennae receivers on Lena Foss' home in Akiak, Alaska. Internet speeds will double in the town when it gains access to broadband internet. Photo: Katie Basile
For Shawna Williams, getting broadband will mean being able to see her teachers and classmates. During the pandemic, Williams decided to get her college degree, while holding down her full-time job as a childcare worker, and raising five kids. She has the fastest internet plan available in Akiak, but she says it can't handle video all the time, which means she attends her remote classes by phone.

Historic Infrastructure Package Heading to President’s Desk
Senator Lisa Murkowski
Big Wins for Alaska in Infrastructure Bill that will Create Jobs & Boost our Economy

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) applauded the House passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, legislation she and a bipartisan group of ten Senators worked for months to negotiate, draft, and pass through the full Senate.
Senator Murkowski
The bipartisan bill will upgrade and modernize our core infrastructure—making critical investments in roads, bridges, rail, ferries, ports, airports, energy, water systems, and broadband. The landmark legislation also strengthens electric grid resiliency and minerals supply chains (including for clean energy technologies), while reforming the permitting process and providing for wildfire mitigation. In total, it provides $550 billion in new spending over five years, without raising taxes, and will grow America’s economy, create jobs, and push against inflation.

Senator Sullivan's Statement on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package
Senator Dan Sullivan
“Alaska is a resource rich, but infrastructure poor state. Getting more infrastructure built in our state, so we can unlock our full potential, has been one of my top priorities since I was elected,” said Senator Sullivan. “While flawed in a number of ways, this bill addresses Alaska’s historic deficit in infrastructure in a way that I believe will be important for our state.
Senator Sullivan
It has very significant funding for Alaska roads, water systems, ports, airports, our ferry system, bridges, and Coast Guard infrastructure. It also contains historic funding for broadband build-out in Alaska, which will help our fellow Alaskans in terms of education, telehealth, and small business opportunities, and it has billions of dollars in federal loan guarantees for the Alaska natural gasline—a step toward unlocking our massive reserves of natural gas for the benefit of Alaskans, our country, and our allies overseas.

Statement by Alaska Rep. Don Young on why he voted for the infrastructure bill
Representative Don Young
Alaska is unlike any other state in the union. Our unique, often harsh terrain means we have very different infrastructure needs than the Lower 48. I am very pleased by the historic investments this legislation makes in Alaska. The bipartisan infrastructure bill authorizes $3.5 billion in federal Highway funding for Alaska over five years. This means we can rebuild, maintain, and construct new roads and highways to better serve Alaskans and keep them safe.
Representative Young
The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is an integral part of Southeast’s transportation portfolio, and I have been a long-time supporter of their operations. In fact, it was my own legislation that made it possible for the AMHS to qualify as a “highway” for the purposes of federal funding in the first place. This bipartisan infrastructure bill builds on this progress by providing $1 billion for essential ferry service to rural Alaskan communities. Additionally, it provides $73 million for the construction of new ferries for Alaska, while providing funding for an electric ferry pilot program to help our fleet run cleaner. Finally, for the very first time, the AMHS, will be eligible to receive future federal Highway aid funds for operation and repair. To say that this bill is a game-changer for Southeast is an understatement -- this is a once-in-a-generation investment opportunity for Southeast Alaska’s families and economy.

In conjunction with hard infrastructure, this bipartisan bill will fund projects of great importance to Alaska. The COVID-19 pandemic shined a spotlight on the need for fast and reliable broadband access. I welcome the bill’s investments in our state’s rural broadband connectivity, and I am confident that students, businesses, and families will benefit greatly from this broadband funding.

Alaska redistricting board approves new political borders, but legal challenges are expected
James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News
The five-member board in charge of redrawing Alaska’s legislative districts has approved a new map of the state’s 40 House districts, including Anchorage boundaries that were opposed by some Republicans.

The board has been working since August on the once-a-decade job of adjusting political boundaries to account for changes in population. The new map could affect election results, funding for local projects, and control of the state House and Senate.

Alaska Redistricting Board member Nicole Borromeo raises a concern to members of the board as they work to finalize Anchorage legislative district boundaries. Photo: Emily Mesner
Alaska Logistics is leaving two barges to freeze in the Kuskokwim River
Greg Kim, KYUK
In late October, a barge called the Madison Rose was heading to Eek. It was supposed to be the last barge delivery of the year for Alaska Logistics. General Manager Allyn Long said that the weather changed suddenly once the barge entered the Eek River.

The Lower Kuskokwim School District said that even if materials are delayed, it would not slow down construction of a new school in Eek. However, new teacher housing units in Scammon Bay would be delayed by several months for the Lower Yukon School District.

Alaska Logistics' barge, the Madison Rose, frozen into the Eek River. Photo: John Foster
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The Associated Press

A federal mediator is expected to help resolve differences over key terms of contracts for Anchorage teachers after the union and the state’s largest school district declared an impasse.
“We’ve been able to resolve quite a few issues, but at this time, both sides feel like a mediator would be a worthwhile endeavor,” Corey Aist, president of the Anchorage Education Association, told the Anchorage Daily News. Teachers have been working under a three-year contract that expired in June.
Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News

The Anchorage schools superintendent said the district is expanding virus testing and released more details on expected COVID-19 vaccine clinics targeted for children ages 5 to 11, but said the vaccines are optional and won't be required for students to attend school. The district has more than 21,000 children in the 5- to 11-year-old age group and is expected to offer evening and weekend clinics at the district's Education Building and high schools in order to make the shots more convenient for families, Superintendent Deena Bishop said in a letter to families.
Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media

The Anchorage School Board announced that Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop will retire next June. Bishop, 52, has been superintendent of the state’s largest school district since 2016. She previously worked as superintendent of the Mat-Su Borough School District for five years, and before that as a teacher and principal. In a letter to the school board, Bishop wrote “from the most tragic times as evidenced by the 7.1 earthquake in 2018 to the continuing global pandemic, our community has overcome obstacles, learned, and grown.” Her letter did not say why she’s stepping down as superintendent. But the Anchorage Daily News reported that she wants to spend more time with her 1-year-old grandson, Clay. School board officials say they will work with Bishop during her transition. Her last day with the district will be June 30, 2022.
Tim Ellis, KUAC, Fairbanks

Tok Transportation co-owner Gerald Blackard likes to joke that his electric-powered school bus is very reliable — even during a pandemic. “It has not missed a single day of school,” he said in a recent interview. “COVID didn’t slow it down at all. It is COVID-resistant, I guess you could call it.” The bus is Alaska’s first and so far only electric-powered school bus. It’s in its second year of service for the school district.
Zachary Snowdon Smith, The Cordova Times

Gov. Mike Dunleavy met with school and city officials at a public roundtable at the Cordova Center during a single-day visit by the governor to attend the Electrify Alaska! Conference. During the 30-minute discussion, Dunleavy quizzed community leaders on Cordova’s demographics and its available resources, and heard their concerns about falling city revenues, a lack of affordable housing and limited access to early education.
Kendra Kapotak, KDLG Dillingham

The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation is partnering with the Dillingham Public Health Center, the City of Dillingham, and the Dillingham City School District to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 - 11. The Public Health Center will also provide flu vaccines for people 6 months and older at the clinic. Health experts say it is safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the flu shot.
Amanda Bohman, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Public employee salaries at the school district have gone up as revenues have declined, and the district is in a full-blown financial crisis, according to Chief Operating Officer Andy DeGraw.
Amanda Bohman, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

The official enrollment at Fairbanks North Star Borough public schools is 12,292 students, according to Yumi McCulloch, director of public relations for the school district. “We are up 1,000 students from last year, but still 1,000 down from pre-pandemic levels,” reads an email from McCulloch. State funding, the school district’s largest source of financial support, is tied to the number of students. A task force is looking at the potential for saving money by closing a school.
Amanda Bohman, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Jennifer Luke is the new president of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Board of Education. Karen Melin agreed to stay on as superintendent for another year and the word “interim” was dropped from her title. The board took votes advancing the two education leaders at separate meetings.
Dana Zigmund, Juneau Empire

Juneau’s overall COVID-19 vaccination rate is ticking up, and new case numbers are moving down. The combination has city officials looking at the data with an eye on the city’s mitigation plans and considering if it’s time to make changes. According to Robert Barr, deputy city manager for the City and Borough of Juneau, an announcement about citywide mitigation level changes could come as early as next week.
KINY, Juneau

The Juneau Board of Education received a COVID-19 report from the district Superintendent and also adopted educational standards for an Alaska Native program in the district. During her Superintendent report, Dr. Weiss said that due to the board's recent move to require weekly testing COVID testing for any employee who has not been vaccinated, that set the district in motion to start verifying vaccination status from employees. "We are highly vaccinated as an employee group. Given all information that we have right now, we are at least 93% to 94% vaccinated," she said. "So that's every single person that we employ, we're about between 93 and 94% vaccinated."
Bridget Dowd, KTOO, Juneau

Juneau’s board of education has approved new oral narrative standards for its Tlingit Culture, Language, and Literacy program. These are the first oral narrative standards to be developed for Lingít language to be taught to school children. The literacy program is available to kindergartners through fifth graders in the Juneau School District. It requires an application and acceptance through a lottery process. The school district has been working with community partners like Sealaska Heritage Institute, the Douglas Indian Association, and Goldbelt Heritage Foundation to foster the revitalization of Lingít language.
Ashlyn O'Hara, Homer News

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District needs substitutes and is trying to make it easier for people to apply. “(We’re) doing what we can to get as many subs as quickly as we can,” KPBSD Director of Human Resources Nate Crabtree told the Board of Education during an Oct. 4 work session. As a lack of substitutes continues to be felt throughout the district, KPBSD is rolling out changes to how substitutes are hired and recruited that they hope will attract new talent.
Ashlyn O'Hara, Homer News

The Kenai Peninsula Borough would use some funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act for capital projects under legislation that will be up for a public hearing on Dec. 7. Of the roughly $11.4 million the borough received through ARPA, about $3.4 million was allocated for “pay-go” infrastructure projects. The proposed projects include $2.2 million for the Homer High School Roof Replacement, $700,000 for the construction of a new exterior side on a portion of West Homer Elementary and $500,000 to fund “critical bridge infrastructure” in the borough.
Eric Stone, KRBD Ketchikan

A shortage of drivers is reportedly causing delays along some of Ketchikan’s school bus routes. District officials say it’s a symptom of larger staffing challenges throughout the school district, some of which are tied to the pandemic. Ketchikan’s interim superintendent, Melissa Johnson, says the private bus company First Student called Tuesday evening to say that five of its bus drivers were out. They were either in quarantine or positive for COVID-19.
Eric Stone, KRBD Ketchikan

A 5-2 vote by Ketchikan’s school board has effectively loosened the school district’s mask rules going forward. The school board’s action followed nearly two hours of testimony from state public health officials and medical professionals who argued that masks, vaccines and other precautions are needed to keep COVID-19 numbers down in the community.
Jack Barnwell, Kodiak Daily Mirror

School district officials say community partnerships will be instrumental as Kodiak emerges from nearly two years of living life in a pandemic. “As we talk about re-engagement and attempting to get kids back to school and higher activity levels, … community organizations become more critical than they ever have been before because we are looking to reconnect in general,” said Kim Saunders, Kodiak Island Borough School District’s director of special services.
Jack Barnwell, Kodiak Daily Mirror

Kodiak Island Borough School District hit its enrollment projection of 2,304 students for the current school year, according to Superintendent Larry LeDoux. Kodiak school enrollment has remained relatively flat during the past three fiscal years (2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22), but the island’s overall student population has been dropping for the past decade.
Jack Barnwell, Kodiak Daily Mirror

Families with children in the Kodiak Island Borough School District may have an alternative to having students quarantining at home in the event of receiving a COVID close contact notification. The school district rolled out a new option labeled Test to Stay. Available for students whose parents provide the district with a consent form, it would keep students in the classroom if they were a close contact at school.
Julia Lerner, Nome Nugget

COVID-19 cases in Nome are slowly beginning to decrease, but several villages see a rise in infections, according to the Norton Sound Health Corporation. Over the weekend, the Bering Strait School District hosted the annual wrestling and cheerleading tournament in Unalakleet. Since then, several attendees have tested positive for COVID-19, though NSHC medical director Dr. Mark Peterson says the spread has been minimal.
Angela Denning, KFSK Petersburg

Petersburg’s third COVID-19 outbreak is on its way to becoming its worst, and it’s stressing the school district and local medical center. The Petersburg School District is dealing with staff pressure says Superintendent, Erica Kludt-Painter. “They are tired,” she said. “When these cases rise it creates a lot of extra work. It adds a huge layer of stress on everyone.” Kludt-Painter says a lot of staff are pulling extra shifts and taking over different classes. Some students are quarantining at home and attending school virtually, so teachers are tasked with hybrid classrooms both online and in-person. She says she’s not sure how much longer they can sustain the extra load.
Maggie Nelson & Hope McKenney, KUCB Unalaska

The Unalaska City School District says Superintendent Robbie Swint Jr. committed no wrongdoing following a complaint filed by a former elementary school principal who departed abruptly after a few months on the job. That comes after the district released details to the public about its investigation into an internal complaint made by former principal LaVettra Clayton, who left the district last month after being put on paid administrative leave.
Sage Smiley, KSTK

Wrangell schools’ superintendent says that even with the strict mitigation measures in place at Wrangell’s public schools, the current COVID outbreak has hit the student population, which is affecting attendance. “We have more students out currently than we have had for some time,” says superintendent Bill Burr. But he says the district doesn’t closely track the number of students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are quarantining due to close contact.
Sage Smiley, KSTK

Wrangell’s first COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 will take place this Thursday (November 11) and it’s already full, according to the local Emergency Operations Center. The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Wrangell’s health provider, has plans for more clinics.
Olivia Ebertz, KYUK

A teacher from Akiachak pleaded not guilty to 10 felony counts of sexual abuse and assault of a minor. The defendant, John Mark Hammonds, is a sixth-grade teacher who began working at the Yupiit School District in 2017. The alleged abuse of a student began occurring in Akiachak over the summer, according to an affidavit from Alaska State Troopers.If convicted, Hammonds faces up to 99 years imprisonment per count.
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Klas Stolpe, KINY Juneau

The Juneau District Rifle Team shot their highest score of the season last week in the National Air Rifle League, registering a 1002.5 to defeat Stafford, Virginia’s American Legion Post 290 who put up a total of 984.0. With their second win in a row the JDRT is in 20th place overall and fifth place within their 'Junior Rifle Club' co-ed conference. They currently have a 4 - 1 record.
Raegan Miller, Ketchikan Daily News

Ketchikan High School's academic decathlon team will be the only Alaska school participating in the Irving Independent School District Invitational Academic Decathlon meet. The Irving, Texas-based school district is the host of the meet, and schools from Ohio, Arizona, Wisconsin and Georgia are signed on to compete.
Elyssa Loughlin, KYUK Bethel

The Bethel Regional High School volleyball team finished their season on Friday, Nov. 12 when they were knocked out of the 3A State Championships. The Lady Warriors traveled to Anchorage after winning regionals the week prior, becoming the first Bethel team in 14 years to make it to the state tournament. After overcoming the shock of making it to the state bracket, the Bethel athletes had to get used to playing in such a large arena: the Alaska Airlines Center.
Greg Kim, KYUK Bethel

Hooper Bay’s high school wrestling coach was turned over to Bethel police this weekend after the coach allegedly sent inappropriate messages to students. The coach has since been fired. Superintendent Gene Stone said that early on the morning of Nov. 13, a female chaperone allegedly discovered the male head coach of the Hooper Bay team had sent inappropriate messages to a student wrestler via social media, and to at least one other student as well.
Sage Smiley, KSTK

Wrangell’s unvaccinated student-athletes will still need to quarantine and test when returning from away-games. That’s despite a formal request from the school district for leniency from the assembly’s travel-testing policy. Wrangell’s travel testing ordinance requires unvaccinated travelers to either test before entering the community, or test upon arrival and isolate until receiving results. It doesn’t carry a fine. Last month, the school superintendent requested an amendment to the ordinance that would let the school district follow its own testing protocols.
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