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GAINS. Graduation and Academic Improvement for Native Students. National Forum on At-Risk Youth Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. GAINS. Presentation Team : Kelly Tonsmeire, Director Alaska Staff Development Network Carl White, Assistant to the Superintendent Bering Strait School District.

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GAINS

  • Graduation and Academic Improvement for Native Students

National Forum on At-Risk Youth

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


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  • Presentation Team:

  • Kelly Tonsmeire, Director

  • Alaska Staff Development Network

  • Carl White, Assistant to the Superintendent

  • Bering Strait School District


Mission of the Bering Strait School District:

The Bering Strait School District will educate our children to become self-sufficient and contributing citizens through quality programs that reflect our children’s heritage.


  • The Bering Strait School District, in northwest Alaska, serves fifteen isolated villages on the Seward Peninsula, on the eastern end of Norton Sound and on two islands in the Bering Sea. Current enrollment is approximately 1800 students and is almost 100% Alaskan Native Inupiat, Yu'pik or Siberian Yu'pik Eskimo.


Although the number of students served is relatively small, the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.


BSSD School Board Goals the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

  • Increase Parent Involvement

  • Increase Graduation Rate

  • Decrease Dropout Rate

  • Emphasize Health and Wellness

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Alaska Basics - The Great Land the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

  • Alaska’s size is misleading

    • Most areas are roadless

    • Only “highway” is two lane blacktop road

    • 656,424 square miles


School Districts the Size of States the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

  • Bering Strait School District

    • Roughly the size of Great Britain


Definitions of Isolated Frontier Area the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

  • Most use “6 persons per square mile”

  • ISER Report: Alaska under 1 per square mile

  • Census Bureau: 1.1 person per square mile


We’re Called the Bering Strait School District... the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.


Diomede - Now THIS is Rural... the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.


You CAN See Russia - Click for Panorama! the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

http://go.bssd.org/russia


Ski Racing on the International Dateline the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.


School & Teacher Housing the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.


GAINS - Dropout Prevention Strategies the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

The Problem:

  • Students don’t feel enthusiastic about school

  • Students are bored at school

  • Our Alaska Native Students are disengaged


GAINS - Dropout Prevention Strategies the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

Why are students disengaged?

  • Learning lacks meaning and purpose

  • Students don’t see the value in school learning

  • The belief that school is not providing them with skills for adult life

  • A school climate that is not inviting

We need to start having a dialog about:

What defines success in our villages?


Bering Strait School District the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

High School Graduation Paths

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The vision of John Apangalook School is to create successful life-long learners who contribute to their community and culture.

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Disconnect the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

10% - 15% of BSSD graduates go to college

Less than 5% of the UA system graduates

are Alaska Native

70% students say they are going to college after graduating


BSSD High School the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

Diploma

Pathways

Community

Leadership & Participation

Career/Technical

College

Relevance

Rigor

Choices


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Community Leadership & Participation Electives

First Aid

Cultural Classes

Art/Business

NACTEC Sessions

Advanced Excel

Advanced Microsoft

Hospitality Industry

Arctic Survival

Local Energy

Water Treatment

Community Leadership

Classified Education Aide

Building Maintenance

School Employee

Personal Finance

Housing Maintenance

Hunter Safety

Aviation ground school

Fisheries; USCG six-pack license

Food Handler

HELP Test (School Parapros)

Small Engine

Grant Writers

Head Start

Fisheries

Boiler Repair

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Community Leadership & Participation


Dropout early warning intervention system dewis
Dropout Early Warning Intervention System: the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.dewis

Research says that the students have a higher chance of dropping out of school if they meet two of the following criteria...

The student is behind in READING

The student is behind in MATH

The student has poorATTENDANCE

The student has been SUSPENDED


SO... the question is: the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

If we know this information, why don’t we identify these students early and then formulate a plan of support for these students?


The Keys are: the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

  • Early Identification

  • Assessing where the student is academically and behaviorally

  • Coming up with a plan that addresses the deficit

  • Monitoring the plan

  • Redefining the plan


DEWIS is helping us take a deeper look at our students! the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.


GAINS Cultural Competency Plan the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

The Problem:

The lack of teaching experience combined with the unfamiliarity of our Alaska Native cultures is adversely impacting student learning.


The Facts: the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

  • Our teacher turnover rate is around 35% every year

  • Most schools have new teachers, but the same high need students remain

  • New teachers have limited experience and knowledge of the local Alaska Native Cultures

  • New teachers to Alaska are unaware of the Alaska Native learning styles and the cultural dynamics of teaching in our small villages

  • Students are unable to establish lasting relationships with teachers, who could become mentors and role models

  • 48% of our teachers have less than 2 years of teaching experience

  • 15% of our teachers have 3-5 years experience

  • 63% of our teachers have less than 5 years of teaching experience

  • Most teachers come from outside Alaska


Building instructional capacity through professional learning
Building Instructional Capacity through the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.professional learning

In Progress


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GAINS the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

  • U.S. Department of Education Alaska Native Education Grant

  • 3-Year Project

    • 15 Small, Remote, Rural Schools in the Bering Strait School District (BSSD)

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  • Individualized Dropout Intervention Strategies the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

  • Dropout Early Warning Intervention System (DEWIS)

  • Enhancing Cultural Competency

  • Building Instructional Capacity:

    • Response to Intervention

    • Positive Behavior Management

    • Explicit Instruction

    • Assessment

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Teacher’s Years of Experience the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.


Building district office capacity
building District office capacity the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

  • Instructional Leadership

  • Implementing a Comprehensive Assessment System

  • Understanding how to use data to make instructional decisions

  • Coordination between district initiatives for coherence


Building district office capacity1
building District office capacity the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

  • District Office trainings

  • - On-site (4 days)

  • Co-training with District Office staff

    • - On-site, regional building trainings (four, two-day sessions per region)

  • Supported the development of an RTI Manual, Problem Solving Model and AIMSweb Resource Guide

  • Resource


Building staff instructional capacity
building staff instructional capacity the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

  • Delivering explicit, systematic instruction

    • Implementing a Comprehensive Assessment System

  • Understanding how to use data to make instructional decisions

  • Delivering rigorous reading instruction that encompasses all 5 essential components of reading


  • Building staff instructional capacity1
    building staff instructional capacity the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

    • Explicit Instruction

      • Behavioral Response to Intervention

  • Alaska RTI Conference

  • Literacy professional development for para-educators and teachers

  • RTI training for all staff


  • Comprehensive assessment system
    comprehensive assessment system the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

    • Regional professional development for all staff:

      • AIMsweb Administration

      • AIMsweb Data Management System

      • Using AIMsweb data to impact instruction

  • Data Analysis and Data driven meetings


  • Using technology to enhance professional learning
    Using Technology to enhance professional learning the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.


    28 Webinar Series the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

    119 Webinar Sessions


    Training of trainers
    training of trainers the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

    • Explicit Instruction (Anita Archer)

    • CHAMPS Behavior Management (Randy Sprick)

    In Progress


    Festival of ideas best practices
    Festival Of Ideas the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.Best Practices

    • Alignment of instructional practices with Explicit Instruction

    • Development of early warning dropout prevention system (DEWIS)

    • Integrating Native art and culture

    • Deep curriculum alignment process

    • Career pathways

    In Progress


    Questions
    questions? the area served covers approximately 80,000 square miles. Most of the schools are accessible only by small bush aircraft.

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