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Centering Communities for Sustainable Change

Even as the year winds down, the Region 16 Comprehensive Center Advisory Board Program keeps moving ahead at full speed. The focus remains on the topics that have been discussed at previous gatherings. This time, there was a greater emphasis on whole group discussion than there has typically been. Centering on the entire group changes the dynamic. Using the topics …

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Gathering with a Purpose

When extraordinary people come together, unprecedented changes are bound to happen. The Region 16 Comprehensive Center (R16CC) Advisory Board aims to be such a group. R16CC’s Advisory Board Program members first gathered in September to discuss topics in education that our region could come together around in order to transform educational outcomes for students in our region. They gathered again …

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Van Wyhe Begins as New Alaska State Director

Well done group projects require every team member to buy into them and give them plenty of focus. That’s how the new Region 16 Comprehensive Center Alaskan Director Tamara Van Wyhe sees things. Or, as she puts it, “we’re better together.” Van Whye took over her new leadership position on July 19, 2021. She brings over 25 years of education …

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Region 16 Welcomes New Alaska State Principal

A familiar face has ascended to a new place at SERRC. On July 1, 2021, Julie Staley became the new Executive Director of said educational resource center. She will also be joining the Region 16 Comprehensive Center as the Alaska State Principal. Staley brings 30 years of experience working directly for SERRC to the positions. She spent the previous 14 …

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Alaskan Science Curriculum Topic Study Recap

Investing in education means investing in the teachers themselves. More than just spending money on professional development opportunities, this includes ensuring that teachers are getting the support they need to implement new ideas and concepts into their daily teaching. The Region 16 Comprehensive Center works to improve the quality and equity of education throughout Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. Training for …

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Unpacking Priorities: A Community Conversation Recap

The pandemic has presented many financial challenges across Alaskan school districts. One such challenge will be a boon in the coming years. On March 31, the Region 16 Comprehensive Center hosted Unpacking Priorities, a community forum for Alaska education officials. The idea for the conference was to bring them together to share thoughts and gather more information on the newly …

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Alaska’s Path to Progress: Workshop Recap

“What will we sustain and sunset in the upcoming school year?” was the tagline for the recent Alaska’s Path to Progress webinar. The Region 16 Comprehensive Center and AK DEED hosted an event focused on the challenges and benefits of the past school year. There’s no denying the 2020 – 2021 school year was a turbulent one for educators and …

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Future-Focused Educators’ Summit

July 26–29, 2021 Educators and leaders faced both challenges and opportunities for growth over the past year. Current systems and practices may not be as effective as they once were, and learning environments have changed significantly. It is time to strategically plan for the upcoming school year while connecting with other experienced educators. The Future-Focused Educators Summit will help all school …

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Meet Emi Behan

“I really love organizing things. I like to check things off lists. I like seeing what we start with at the beginning, where we’re going to end up, and how to get there. That’s just the way my brain works.” This is the attitude that Emi Behan is bringing to the Region 16 Comprehensive Center as one of their new …

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Meet Amber Schneider

There is always an air of excitement when someone new joins the team. Please welcome Amber Schneider, whose infectious enthusiasm is sure to brighten your day instantly. She joined the Region 16 Comprehensive Center as one of the two new Operations Project Managers on April 26. “I’m really passionate about education and the change that it can make in people’s …