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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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Job Opening: Empowerment Specialist

Are you or have you been a public school teacher in Alaska? Do you want to support school improvement and student achievement in schools statewide? We’re looking for five contractors just like you to join our growing team! Learn more about this opening below, and read the full description and apply at bit.ly/r16ccempowermentspecialist. The empowerment specialists will work with Region 16 …

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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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Science Curriculum Topic Study Makers Workshop

6-class series begins Feb. 11, 2021 Join Science Curriculum Topic Study authors Page Keeley and Joyce Tugel for six interactive sessions. Together, participants will develop a shared bank of applied science lessons aligned to Alaska Science Standards and designed to engage students in content and concepts related to science and engineering. Register by Jan. 20, 2021 to receive a free …

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Teaching Early Literacy Remotely

6-part series begins Jan. 11, 2021 How do you teach a K-3 student to read remotely? Join the experts from REL Northwest to learn about implementing evidence-based early literacy practices in a remote learning environment. This series will cover five topics designed to help educators engage students and provide support to early learners: Jan. 11 – Increasing Instructional Intensity Jan. 25 …

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New Leadership

Alaska taps longtime educator and leader Bernie Sorenson as new director The Region 16 Comprehensive Center, serving Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, has new leadership. Bernie Sorenson, of Alaska, joined the Center in July as director, joining co-directors Jeneen Hartley in Oregon and Beth Geiger in Washington. Sorenson most recently served as a program coordinator for the Alaska Department of Education …