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.
National Forum on At-Risk Youth
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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.
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.
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Why are students disengaged?
We need to start having a dialog about:
What defines success in our villages?
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.
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
Leadership & Participation
Community Leadership & Participation Electives
Classified Education Aide
Aviation ground school
Fisheries; USCG six-pack license
HELP Test (School Parapros)
Community Leadership & Participation
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
If we know this information, why don’t we identify these students early and then formulate a plan of support for these students?
The lack of teaching experience combined with the unfamiliarity of our Alaska Native cultures is adversely impacting student learning.
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