Gov. Mike Dunleavy has closed public schools through the rest of the school year.

For the 9,606 high school seniors across the state who make up the class of 2020 that means final sport seasons have been cut short and proms and graduation ceremonies have been postponed at best or canceled at worst.

But despite such an abrupt end to a highly anticipated school year, some seniors are taking these transitions in stride.

For kids who’ve never cooked, smoking their own salmon might seem out of reach. But a teacher at Juneau’s Floyd Dryden Middle School wants his students to know it’s just another life skill they can master — and shows them how to do it.

Aaron Walker and Andy Hall are two teachers of about 45 from Southeast Ohio visiting Alaska.

The contingent of educators hopes to learn more about the history of the 49th state, and bring those lessons back to their classrooms.

Alaska’s rural schools could get a boost in internet speed

Apr 29, 2019

For the past five years, the state has helped Alaska schools pay for faster internet — up to a point. As technology has advanced, some say it’s time to raise the bar. A pair of bills before the Legislature would do just that.

Alaska faces a digital divide. Within the state, rural areas lag behind the larger cities when it comes to internet access.

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Our Guests this morning on Our Community: Educator Alicia Besch-Barber and student Willa Pruner chat about the Shakespearean Circus, a fundraiser for Winterberry Charter Schools 8th grade trip.  

Besch-Barber says the students begin fundraising for the trip starting in 5th grade, and each spring a carnival or circus is put hosted in addition to other events. This year's theme - Shakespearian Circus, includes  Pruner adds that the trip is something all the students look forward to, and the destination is Synergia Ranch - an outdoor education experience in California.  

Valerie Baalerud

Tuesday's guest  on Morning Line: Alaska's winner of the Milken Educator Award Valerie Baalerud talks about making history fun in her Eagle River High School classroom.  

As Heard on Morning Line: Thread Book Party in the Park

Aug 8, 2017
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For several years, an Alaskan nonprofit organization has been hosting gatherings that promote literacy.

Thread, (later referenced in this article in lowercase, as the organization prefers) is a statewide organization that has many programs in communities across Alaska focused on Early Childhood care and Education. 

This Thursday is thread’s 11th Annual Book Party in the Park from 4-7pm, rain or shine.    

By Johanna Eurich, Independent Producer

Alaska Natives have been struggling with the failure of public education in their villages for a long time. Today, we look at two communities taking control of their schools.

By Johanna Eurich, Independent Producer

Many if not most of Alaska's rural schools are not working.  Low student performance and high teacher turnover are just two of more obvious indicators of problems in these mostly Native school districts. Those working in the schools say it's time for radical changes.

Paul Berg has taught in Alaska for more than 40 years -- ten of them in villages.

By the Associated Press

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is considering granting pardons to the Fairbanks Four, who have been serving time for the 1997 death of a teenager. The pardon would be the first issued in nearly a decade.  Under state law, the governor is required to first notify the state parole board for investigative work. The board also notifies victims of certain crimes, such as domestic violence and first-degree arson.


Alaska high school graduation rates among the lowest in the nation