Sealaska Heritage Institute to hold Cultural Education Conference

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Sealaska Heritage Institute announced Tuesday it will sponsor its fourth education conference for teachers and administrators in Southeast Alaska in an effort to promote culturally responsive pedagogy in schools.

    The three-day event will be held virtually again due to the COVID-19 virus.

    The aim is to provide participants with an understanding of culturally responsive education and equip them to transform their classrooms, pedagogy, and curriculum to fully support all students’ success.

    Conference organizer and educator David Sheakley-Early said “When the classes and conference are combined, that helps give teachers and administrators the confidence to incorporate place-based curriculum and resources centered around Native Alaskan culture and heritage languages into schools,” noting teachers who have not taken the training are also welcome to attend the event.

    In the three-day event, Our Cultural Landscape: Culturally Responsive Education Conference, is open to educators from across Southeast Alaska and to students enrolled in the University of Alaska Southeast Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools program and UAS’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.

    The conference is scheduled Aug. 5-7 in Juneau.

    A pre-conference scheduled Aug. 2-4 will provide additional opportunities for educators to explore and participate in extended topics.

    Sealaska Heritage Institute will post a registration form and call for presenters for breakout sessions soon.

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