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Indian Studies Program

4 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 classrooms

We Advocate

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


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 2018-2019, 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 Attainment 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

4 months ago

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

Dinah Hobson
Cultural Specialist

Riverbend Elementary School

Andra Martin
Cultural Specialist

Sayéik: Gastineau Elementary School

Ruby Hughes
Cultural Specialist

• Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School
• Juneau-Douglas High School
907-796-5800 (DZMS)
907-523-1501 (JDHS)

Paul Marks II
Cultural Specialist

Glacier Valley Elementary, Sít' Eetí Shaanáx

John Smith III
Cultural Specialist

Yaakoosgé Daakahídi Alternative High School

John Smith III works with Montessori Borealis on a request-basis.

Rose Willard
Cultural Specialist

Mendenhall River Elementary

Patricia "Patty" McNeil
Cultural Specialist


Tamira Potdevin
Cultural Specialist (Part-Time)

Auke Bay Elementary

Kyle Worl

Cultural Specialist

Floyd Dryden Middle School & 
Thunder Mountain High School
907-227-4998 Cell

Tiffany LaRue
Administrative Assistant

Juneau, Alaska
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