Juneau School District - Indian Studies Program

8 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 2020-2021, 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

7 months ago

Barbara Cadiente-Nelson

K-12 Native Student Success Coordinator and Grant Administrator for Title VI

Dinah Hobson
Cultural Specialist

Harborview Elementary School


Cultural Specialist

Yakoosge Daakahidi Alternative School


Louise Kadake

Cultural Specialist

Riverbend Elementary School




Cultural Specialist

Thunder Mountain High School, Floyd Dryden Middle School

Rose Willard
Cultural Specialist


Glacier Valley Elementary School

Patrice DeAsis

Cultural Specialist

Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé

Tanessa Ashenfelter
Cultural Specialist

Auke Bay Elementary School

Rochelle Smallwood

Cultural Specialist

Sayeik: Gastineau Elementary School

Andra Martin
Cultural Specialist

Mendenhall River Community School

David Doyle

Administrative Assistant

District Office


8 months ago

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“Every student deserves the opportunity to learn in a world-class educational setting that is respectful and free from bias. The Board champions the dignity and worth of all people and recognizes that identification and removal of systemic barriers are essential to achieving equity in education.”—JSD Equity Policy 1265

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Juneau School District Strategic Plan 2021-2025

MISSION: In Juneau, we partner to provide each student with meaningful, relevant, and rigorous learning experiences in order to graduate diverse, engaged citizens ready for a changing world.

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