Program

Learning in a Diverse Landscape December 5 & 6, 2019
Learning in a Diverse Landscape
BP Energy Center
900 E. Benson Boulevard, Anchorage, AK

Subject to change

DAY 1 | THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019
8:00-8:45 AM Registration / Breakfast / Network
8:00 AM-4:00 PM Vendor Trade Show
8:30-8:45 AM Opening Remarks / Welcome / Announce Vendor Raffle Prize
8:45-9:50 AM Presentation #1: Keynote Speaker
Dr. Page Dettmann is an award-winning educator and architect of globally-recognized high impact learning designs. For more than 30 years, Dr. Dettmann has refined her thinking and implementation of the principles of dynamic, collaborative inquiry. She specializes in connecting high impact instructional practices with elevated levels of engagement, achievement, retention, and attendance. Her foremost dedication is enabling engaged, interested, curious, and inquiring students.
9:50-10:00 AM Presentation #2: Senator Lisa Murkowski
A video message from Senator Murkowski regarding educational policy from a national perspective.
10:00-10:15 AM Break and Vendor Visits
10:15-11:15 AM Presentation #3a: Kusilvak Career Academy
A program that brings students from the Lower Yukon School District in Western Alaska to Anchorage in order to take career and technical education classes at ASD’s King Tech High School. LYSD purchased and renovated an old hotel building in Spenard which now houses up to 80 students.
10:15-11:15 AM Presentation #3b: Earthquake Lessons Learned
The effect on school buildings, solutions for the future and understanding FEMA recovery assistance and regulations. Includes a brief historical look at the 1964 earthquake and future expectations.
11:15 AM-12:15 PM Presentation #4: Should the Alaska Chapter join the Canadian Region or stay with the Pacific Northwest?
Information and discussion of the pros and cons of aligning with either Region led by Larry Morris, Alaska A4LE Governor and representative to A4LE International and John Ramsey, A4LE CEO. The presentation is intended to inform members prior voting on this question on Friday during the lunch time business meeting.
 
12:15-1:15 PM Lunch
DEED – State of the State
Len Mackler Award Submittal Presentations
20U40 and Scholarship Recipient Presentations
 
1:15-2:15 PM Presentation #5a: Alaska DEED Current Space Allocation Standards for School Design
Presentation of current standards and discussion of possible improvements. Session is in conjunction with the State BRGR Committee.
1:15-2:15 PM Presentation #5b
2:15-3:15 PM Presentation #6: State of Educational Funding in Alaska
An informative discussion of state funding of public education in Alaska today and for the foreseeable future. Topics will include reimbursement, forward funding etc.
3:15-3:30 PM Vendor Trade Show Presentations (3 minutes per vendor) Various Vendors
3:30-5:00 PM School Tour: West HS IMC and Mech Spaces
5:30-8:30 PM Conference Reception
7:30-9:00 PM Strategic Planning and Board Meeting
DAY 2 | FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019
8:00-8:30 AM Breakfast / Network / Welcome Back Remarks
8:00 AM-4:00 PM Vendor Trade Show
8:30-9:50 AM Presentation #7: Secure, Safe Schools
A presentation of improved school and site security design; incident prevention and intervention; school reaction during an incident, building hardening, natural and electronic surveillance and access control.
9:50-10:00 AM Vendor Trade Show Presentations (3 minutes per vendor) Various Vendors
10:00-11:00 AM Presentation #8: Commissioning in Rural Schools
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Presentation #9a: The Chickaloon Community School
Teaching of cultural values in a diverse, small community. How the school building and natural setting compliment traditional village values.
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Presentation #9b: Mass Timber
12:00-12:50 PM Lunch
Len Mackler Award Announcement
PNW Regional Conference Update – Portland, April 2020
A4LE Business Meeting; Vote on measures put forth from Board Meeting, Secretary Position, Alaska Chapter Alignment – Canada or PNW
12:50-1:00 PM Transformation Grant Presentation
Bear Valley ES
 
1:00-2:30 PM Presentation #10: Principals – Diversity in Alaska Schools: Strengths and Challenges
Alaska has some of the most diverse student populations in the nation. Diversity in schools offers both cultural opportunities for learning as well as challenges to ensure appropriate levels of support and development. This presentation will highlight how Alaska schools are meeting these opportunities and challenges and how school design can effectively support educators in schools with diverse student populations.
2:30-2:40 PM Break
2:40-3:40 PM Presentation #11a: Earthquake Recovery
FEMA recovery assistance and regulations.
2:40-3:40 PM Presentation #11b: Energy Modeling
3:40-4:40 PM Presentation #12: School Options in Today’s Educational Environment
Today there are many alternative educational delivery options. Parents and students can consider charter schools, optional schools, homeschooling, their neighborhood school and many others. This panel discussion will focus on the benefits and effects that all these choices are having on public education.
 
4:40-5:00 PM Raffle Drawing
5:00 PM Closing Remarks
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