Status of Current Grant ProjectsPlease note that many of these grants are also listed under the Programs Menu > Grants and/or have other websites dedicated to them. The purpose of having them also listed here is to help facilitate communication about where each grant is in process, and also ensure that they are included in our list of current projects.Updated: 10/7/16
The Sitka 21st Century Learning Centers (CCLC) Program is designed to serve students from the Sitka School District who are at risk for academic achievement and/or live in homes that are economically disadvantaged. This “at risk” status is determined through numerous indicators, including standardized test scores, eligibility for free or reduced lunch, and academic indicators from report cards. There are four (4) sites aimed at improving academic development and providing academic enrichment opportunities targeting Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), the arts, culture, fitness, and family engagement for these students. Each site will be staffed by at least one certified teacher with assistants as needed for a 10:1 ratio.
Baranof Elementary: (gr. K-1, serving 40 students) “ACES” (After Class Educational Support) Academic instruction and small group tutoring for early literacy and numeracy skill acquisition, fitness activities, and family events.
Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary: (gr. 2-5, serving 60 students) “GLO” (Growing & Learning Opportunities) Academic instruction in Math, Science, and Language Arts, Academic enrichment in STEM activities, fitness, and family events.
Blatchley Middle School: (gr. 6-8, serving 60 students) “BLAST” (Blatchley After School Time) Academic instruction in Math, homework help in core subjects, social skills group, academic enrichment, fitness, community service projects, and parental engagement.
Pacific High School: (gr. 9-12, serving 15 students) “LEAP” (Learning Extensions & Alternatives Program) Academic tutoring & assistance for course completion, credit recovery, career exploration, high stakes test preparation, and parental engagement.
Budget: $317,079 annuallyAmeriCorps members come from all over the country to offer a year of service (1700+hrs) in Sitka. AmeriCorps members serve at a variety of sites throughout the Sitka School District and in supported community partners agencies for twelve month service terms.Budget: $317,079 annually
CRESEL is an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant in partnership with the Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB) and 6 other school districts around Alaska. The purpose of CRESEL is to support district and school personnel in helping students effectively master Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills in ways consistent with their cultural context. SEL skills include:
Anticipated outcomes include:
- social awareness
- relationship building
Budget: TBD annuallyThe Sitka School District has partnered with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp and the University of Alaska Southeast on work that is supported by a series of MACF grants. The MACF grants are designed to support the implementation and extension of our Arts, Culture, and Technology (ACT) Standards and Curriculum work by supporting new-to-district/profession and pre-service teachers participate in systemic training in the area of arts and culture. Additionally, the grants allow us to hire an ACT Curriculum Expert to support teachers as they integrate the ACT standards in their daily work with students.Budget: $150,000 annuallyAlaska State Council on the Arts grant designed to cultivate a systemic and sustainable arts education program in the Sitka School District. The major goals for our New Visions project for the 2013-14 school year are as follows:
- improved academic achievement
- fewer behavioral problems
- increased student engagement
- improved school climate and cultural connectedness
- reinforcement of SEL in after-school, families, and the community
See http://sitkaschools.org/Page/2278 for related information.Total Budget: $45,000PASSAGES for Academic Success is an Alaska Native Education Program (ANEP) grant written and coordinated by SERRC: Alaska's Educational Resource Center. Through the PASSAGES activities, Sitka School District will partner with seven other SE Alaska school districts, local Alaska Native community leaders, Sealaska Heritage Institute, Modern Teacher, and Teaching Channel to bring professional learning with a culturally proficient mindset to teachers. PASSAGES is built around the following assumptions:
- To develop Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) standards that are adopted by the Sitka School District’s (SSD) School Board
- To provide SSD students with opportunities to interact with Teaching Artists
Budget: TBD annuallyOn-site, district-employed social worker to support low-level behavioral, social-emotional, and mental health needs of students at Pacific High School (PHS), while continuing to refer students with high-level needs to outside agencies. The goal is for all PHS students to accrue credit and graduate ready for employment or further education.Budget: $98,051 in FY17, $100,627 in FY18, and $103,557 in FY19
- Cultural standards/indicators are the single most important catalyst to teaching and learning in diverse classrooms and communities
- Culturally responsive instruction motivates and engages students from diverse backgrounds
- Professional development in culturally responsive instruction helps teachers connect curricular content with students’ lives
- Teachers need easy access to cultural resources if they are to create culturally responsive instruction