Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The University of Alaska Southeast and UAA will collaborate on Project LEAF, the Literacy Equity for Alaskan Families.
Dr. Lisa Richardson, coordinator of the UAS Reading Specialist Master of Education Program will partner with UAA faculty on a federal grant to support teacher professional learning and graduate work.
The School of Education at UAA received a $3 million federal professional development grant, Project LEAF, through the Office of English Language Acquisition.
Dr. Richardson, Ph.D., associate professor of education at UAS, who coordinates the Reading Specialist M.Ed. program, is collaborating with Dr. Cathy Coulter and Dr. John-Shields of UAA to design and teach courses for this graduate certificate program.
“I am so thrilled to be working in collaboration with my colleagues at UAA to design this robust and essential professional learning opportunity to support teachers across the state. We have worked to align indigenous epistemologies, effective literacy and language acquisition practices, and to create courses that allow teachers to immediately put into practice what they are learning,” said Dr. Richardson, “Our first courses this summer made it clear that we are working and learning with passionate educators in Alaska, and I can’t wait to see how this work continues as candidates move through the program.”
The grant aims to improve the effectiveness of teachers to meet the needs of students who are English language learners in the State of Alaska. The first cohort of teachers includes those who are working in more urban districts, as well as those who are working with a wide range of indigenous students across the state.