Project Ki’L empowers Alaska Native students for success in school through the project’s strong emphasis on cultural responsiveness, social-emotional learning (SEL), and effective teaching strategies. Project services span from elementary through middle school and will build in an academic focus, while preserving and furthering Native cultural elements and effective student engagement. For teachers and school staff, the project provides professional development designed by experts in Native culture and languages, SEL, and gender-based teaching strategies, to meet the unique needs and learning styles of Native youth. Funding for Project Ki'L is provided through the Alaska Native Education Program and is available at the following school locations: Begich Middle School, College Gate, Lake Otis, Muldoon, Scenic Park, and Susitna Elmentary schools.
Project Ki'L is focused on six milestones:
Promoting strong academic identity and achievement while retaining strong cultural ties for all Native youth
Supporting all Native youth to be on track in the completion of algebra by 8th grade
Encouraging all Native students in attending school daily
Ensuring all Native youth have a positive cultural identity
Supporting educators with culturally responsive and gender specific strategies to improve Native youth academic outcomes
Ensuring all Native youth exhibit strong social-emotional skills.
NEWS & EVENTS
The Alaska Native Cultural Identity and School Success Survey (ANCIS)
Students in grades 5-8
This is an online survey given to Alaska Native Students to help the district understand the impact of the U.S. Department of Education funded cultural enrichment programs. The survey results will be used by the ASD’s Title VII Indian Education program to support a positive cultural identity for Alaska Native Students and increase success in school. After the results are analyzed reports are provided to the director of ASD’s Indian Education program and used in annual reports to the U.S. Department of Education to track success of the ASD program that if funds. Results for individual students are never reported.
Under Alaska law, AS 14.03.110, and School Board policy:
Parental permission is required for surveys that inquire into personal or private family affairs of the student not a matter of public record or subject to public observation.
· Parents/guardians may provide annual permission for their student to participate in anonymous surveys requiring parental consent.
For all surveys requiring permission parents will be provided notice and a survey opportunity to review the survey at least two weeks in advance of the administration of the survey. The ANCIS survey can be viewed here and will be administered the week of June 19th during the Title VII Summer Programs.
Camp K'isaani registration is now open!
We are excited to begin accepting applications for Camp K'isaani 2017! Camp K'isaani is a three-week day camp hosted by Project Ki'L. Proejct Ki'L is a program designed to meet the unique educational needs of Alaska Native youth, but the program is open to all Native boys and girls who attend project schools. We aim to create a camp like setting for our students that features cultural activities, field trips, and guest artists.
Alaska Native and American Indian students first through eighth grade who attend project schools (Begich, College Gate, Lake Otis, Muldoon, Scenic Park, and Sustina) will be given registration priority. Students attending non-project schools are welcome to register and will be placed on a wait list. The program is free and lunch and transportation are provided.
Register for Camp K'isaani here