Educator camp helps teachers integrate Bering Strait culture into classrooms

Chip Sharpe tosses a fish back into the river while seining for silvers at Educator Cultural Camp. Sharpe is the new principal at Nome Beltz. (Photo by Laura Kraegel, KNOM)

Before they go back to school later this month, teachers and administrators have to go camping.

Organized by Nome’s Northwest Campus and funded through a grant, Educator Cultural Camp is for teachers with Nome Public Schools and the Bering Strait School District. Tom and BeeJay Gray hosted this summer’s cultural orientation — which gives teachers university credit to apply to their certifications — during the last week of August at their fish camp on the Niukluk River. Read more here.

ACT College & Career Readiness Campaign – Application Period Open!

ACTThe ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign is currently under way in your state. The campaign recognizes those who are making a positive impact in their communities by exemplifying or advancing college and career readiness in four categories: high school seniors, high schools, community colleges, and employers. ACT developed the Campaign to shine a light on students, institutions, and companies who are doing more with less, overcoming obstacles, and serving as examples to others. Beyond their recognition, the student exemplar in each state will also receive at least a $500 nonrenewable scholarship, payable to the higher education institution of his or her choice.

We are seeking your help in identifying candidates for Alaska exemplars in all four categories. All information and forms relating to the Campaign can be found on our website, On the site, you, potential exemplar applicants, and other interested parties can learn About the Campaign. The Applications and Deadlines tab provides links to the exemplar applications for the four categories. Students will also have to print out and physically sign a PDF release form and return a scan of it via email (the preferred method) or a hardcopy via regular mail.

Please direct candidates to the Applications and Deadlines section of our website before Friday, November 13. For additional questions, feel free to contact or your district manager

August Alaska Economic Trends

August Trends’ profile of tourism’s impact on Southeast Alaska is the first of its kind. As there’s no official “tourism industry,” we looked at a variety of industries and occupations to estimate tourism employment and wages. We also describe how tourism was born in Southeast, the gateway to the rest of Alaska – steamships ushered it in but its true growth began and continues with the rise of large cruise ships.

Also this month is an analysis of the demographics of newcomers to Alaska and how these new residents change the state’s makeup. Finally, the August issue gives a brief summary of four of Alaska’s largest rental markets, based on the latest results of our annual rental survey.


LAW E-Alert: America’s College Promise Bills Introduced in the House and Senate

ACCT Latest Action in Washington

July 8, 2015 – Today, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) announced they will introduce legislation in the House and Senate on the Administration’s America’s College Promise proposal. The bills, which have been endorsed by ACCT, are largely similar to the President’s initial proposal at a cost of $80 billion over 10 years. ACCT has created a fact sheet on the America’s College Promise Act of 2015, which may be viewed here:

ACCT encourages community college leaders to support these bills, and contact their Members of Congress requesting support:

Additionally, ACCT has sent the following letters of support to both Senator Baldwin and Ranking Member Scott:


The U.S. Department of Education will soon release a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for a new income-driven repayment plan, Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE). The proposed rules also expand the circumstances under which an institution may challenge or appeal a draft or official cohort default rate calculation based on the institution’s participation rate index (PRI), make it easier for FFEL loan holders to identify borrowers’ active duty military status, clarify guaranty agencies’ responsibilities related to loan rehabilitation and active duty servicemembers’ interest rates, and extend the definition of “qualifying payments” for the PSLF program to included Department of Defense lump payments. The NPRM will soon be available via the federal register. Comments are due 30 days after the NPRM is published. ACCT has prepared the following fact sheet based on an embargoed copy of the NPRM:


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