• Status of Current Grant Projects
     
    Please 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: 7/19/18

     
    AmeriCorps: Grant Period 2013-2018
     
    AmeriCorps 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
     

     
    Culturally Responsive Embedded Social & Emotional Learning (CRESEL): Grant Period 2016-2019
    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:
    • self-awareness
    • self-management
    • social awareness
    • relationship building
    • decision-making
     Anticipated outcomes include:
    • 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
    Budget: TBD annually

     
    Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (MACF): Grant Period 2016-2018
    The 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 annually

     
    New Visions: Grant Period - annually
     
    Alaska 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 are as follows:

    1. To develop Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) standards that are adopted by the Sitka School District’s (SSD) School Board
    2. To provide SSD students with opportunities to interact with Teaching Artists
     
    Total Budget: $5,000
     

     
    PASSAGES for Academic Success: Grant Period 2015-2018
    PASSAGES 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: 
    1. Cultural standards/indicators are the single most important catalyst to teaching and learning in diverse classrooms and communities
    2. Culturally responsive instruction motivates and engages students from diverse backgrounds
    3. Professional development in culturally responsive instruction helps teachers connect curricular content with students’ lives
    4. Teachers need easy access to cultural resources if they are to create culturally responsive instruction
    Budget: TBD annually
     

     
    Social Work at Pacific High School: Grant period 2016-2019
     
    On-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