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Indian Studies Program

3 months ago

We Serve

Nearly 1 in 4 students within our district is Alaska Native or American Indian

We Educate

Our Cultural Specialists bring cultural-relevancy into the classroom

We Advocate

Our goal is to advocate for our children in the Juneau School District

ABOUT THE INDIAN STUDIES PROGRAM 

This program is designed to address the unique education & culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students (including PK), so that these students can achieve to the same challenging state performance standards expected of all students.

The program is the Department's principal vehicle for addressing the particular needs of Indian children. The Indian Education Formula Grant provides funding to support local/educational agencies in their efforts to reform elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students.

The programs funding is based on challenging State content standards & student performance used for all students & is designed to assist Indian students to meet those standards. 


Our project objectives for the school year 2017-2018, include:

  1. Increase Parent Participation
  2. Increase School Readiness
  3. Increase Knowledge of Cultural Identity and Awareness
  4. Increase Academic Achievement
  5. Increase Graduation Rate
  6. Increase College Enrollment
  7. Increase School Attendance Rate
  8. Increase Native American / Alaska Native Language Instruction Programs
  9. Decrease School Dropout Rate
  10. Enhance Problem Solving and Cognitive Skills Development and Directly Support Skills Development of State Standards



Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Cultural Specialist:

Maintain attendance, discipline, and academic progress data; present and instruct cultural information in collaboration with classroom teachers; implement extracurricular activities according to parameters of grant; assist with Indian Education after school activities and cultural presentations; provide instructional resource materials requested by teachers; assist in planning and production of staff development; advocate for ISP among students, parents, administration, and the community; maintain a summary of students served and activities on monthly, quarterly, and annual basis; maintain enrollment forms; perform related duties as required. 

ISP Staff

23 days ago




Barbara Cadiente-Nelson
K-12 Native Student Success Coordinator and Grant Administrator for Title VII




Dinah Hobson
Cultural Specialist


Riverbend Elementary School

dinah.hobson@juneauschools.org
907-796-5700





Andra Martin
Cultural Specialist


Gastineau Elementary School

andra.martin@juneauschools.org
907-796-5075




Ruby Hughes
Cultural Specialist


• Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School
• Juneau-Douglas High School
ruby.hughes@juneauschools.org
907-796-5800 (DZMS)
907-523-1501 (JDHS)






Paul Marks II
Cultural Specialist


Mendenhall River Elementary School




John Smith III
Cultural Specialist


Yaakoosgé Daakahídi Alternative High School





Mark "Hans" Chester
Cultural Specialist | Tlingit Language Teacher


Glacier Valley Elementary
hans.chester@juneauschools.org
907-780-1400




Patricia "Patty" McNeil
Cultural Specialist


907-523-1850





Tamira Potdevin
Cultural Specialist (Part-Time)


Auke Bay Elementary
907-796-5275






Angelo Katasse
Cultural Specialist


Floyd Dryden Middle School &
Thunder Mountain High School
907-463-1850 FD
907-780-1900 TM






Tiffany LaRue
Administrative Assistant (Part-Time)

Juneau, Alaska
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