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Announcing our 2024 Professional Book Study series

Get ready to join change-makers in learning about systemic barriers to student success and working toward more equitable outcomes for students, families, and communities in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. 

Our Professional Book Study series allows educators, administrators, parents, and community leaders to learn together about pressing issues facing our region’s educational landscape. This community of action is a great way to deepen your knowledge, exchange ideas and practices, and build a network of leaders dedicated to improving educational outcomes for students in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington.

The books chosen for this year’s series center the experiences, creativity, and expertise of those historically underserved by our education system — including Indigenous families and communities. Participants will explore approaches to systems change and work to shift the conditions that create inequitable outcomes for students and their communities.


just schools: building equitable collaborations with Families and communities

Indigenous Children's Survivance cover
Just Schools cover

Author: Leilani Sabzalian
Facilitators: Leilani Sabzalian and Angie Morrill
Dates: Tuesdays, January 16 – February 20
Time: 3:45 – 5:15 pm AKT / 4:45 – 6:15 pm PT
Location: Zoom
Priority Registration Deadline: January 1, 2024
Registration Closes: January 15, 2024

This book examines the cultural, social, and political terrain of Indigenous education. Through a series of survivance stories, Sabzalian features a range of approaches to supporting Indigenous students in public schools. By documenting the nuanced intelligence, courage, artfulness, and survivance of Native students, families, and educators, the book counters deficit framings of Indigenous students and communities.

Apply for the Indigenous Children’s Survivance book study

Author: Ann Ishimaru
Facilitators: Melia LaCour and John Lenssen
Dates: Wednesdays, January 31 – March 6
Time: 3:45 – 5:15 pm AKT / 4:45 – 6:15 pm PT
Location: Zoom
Priority Registration Deadline: January 12, 2024
Registration Closes: January 29, 2024

This book examines how equitable collaboration entails beginning with families and communities, transforming power, building reciprocity, and fostering collective decision-making. These processes offer possibilities for improving student learning, transforming education systems, and developing partnerships that build on the expertise of communities historically excluded from educational leadership. 

Apply for the Just Schools book study

Know someone who might benefit from this series? Invite your colleagues to join you on this learning journey. We welcome and encourage both individuals and teams to participate in our Professional Book Study series.

The books featured in this series were proposed by members of our Advisory Board Program. Our Advisory Board includes leaders from Nations and Tribes, state education agencies, local education agencies, higher education institutions, and businesses and organizations. Their knowledge, experience, and perspectives help guide our regional project and priorities.

All book studies include: 

  • A free copy of the book
  • Optional clock hours or continuing education credits for educators*
  • Six virtual sessions with colleagues, leaders, and change-makers from across the region
  • One author keynote 

All book studies occur for six consecutive weeks, meeting for 1.5 hours per week. We hope you’ll join us!

*For questions about clock hours or credit, contact 

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