Future Educators of Alaska (FEA): FEA is a statewide collaborative effort to inspire and support Alaska Native K-12 students to go into the education profession. The fostering of prospective Alaska Native teachers and administrators involves a partnership among teachers, communities, school districts, University of Alaska campuses and more. Funded by the Department of Education since 2003, FEA has worked with eighteen partner and affiliate school districts and schools to establish over 50 FEA clubs across Alaska. Most recently, our program name has changed from Future Teachers of Alaska to Future Educators of Alaska to be more encompassing to the many careers in education.
Alaska Statewide Mentor Project (ASMP): The Alaska Statewide Mentor Project exists to lift up and support the profession of teaching in Alaska. The project provides individualized support to first- and second-year teachers, developing an effective teaching force that is responsive to the diverse academic needs and cultural backgrounds of all students.
Preparing Responsive Educators using Place-based Authentic Research in Earth Systems (PREPARES) seeks to expand, implement, and conduct research on a framework for providing indigenous students with the skills and knowledge needed for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. PREPARES includes culturally-relevant climate science instruction for Yup'ik and Native Hawaiian middle-school students and teachers.
Raising Educational Achievement through Cultural Heritage (REACH) seeks to provide Native students and their teachers with accurate, culturally-relevant science curriculum, that improves student achievement on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) assessments, and trains Native youth to propose solutions to local climate change problems.
Additional Education Advancement Opportunities
What other ways can the University of Alaska and K-12 schools work together for their mutual benefit?
- Use the insights of the mentor teachers and their experiences with beginning teachers to offer targeted professional development conferences and seminars.
- Provide an online comprehensive clearinghouse for youth activities that are sponsored by the University and its campuses.
- Develop comprehensive pathways to support FEA students as they enter UA campuses.
- Develop a component of the mentoring program that includes a focus on Alaskan Native culture.
Giving to K-12 Outreach
The office of K-12 Outreach is proud to support schools, students, teachers, and educators through Alaska K-12 Outreach Foundation Fund. To give to K-12 Outreach contact Kathryn Berry Bertram at 907.450.8403. Donations support high needs rural areas and first year teachers with special classroom requests for students.