Dr. Edna MacLean and Deborah Edwardson from Barrow Won 2015 Contribution to Literacy in Alaska
State and NSBSD educational standards rigorously monitor the daily academic progress of our students. Efforts to improve reading, writing and math proficiency levels are top priorities in the daily routine of students and teachers alike. Monitoring systems are designed to identify skills that need improvement and intervention activities are applied to raise proficiency levels. Instruction is being enhanced by the “Understanding By Design “ system of lesson development, which is built on essential questions and understandings derived from student background knowledge and Alaska academic standards. Of utmost importance, the Inupiat Language Initiative, or ILF, will incorporate Inupiat values and local background knowledge to make learning relevant and applicable to the North Slope.
Our collaborative goals are that attendance rates, academic rigor and increasing parental/cultural involvement and support of education will continue to improve. We look forward to working with parents in partnership, so students have a solid academic and vocational foundation for a successful future.