Mission: The mission of aasb is to advocate for children and youth by assisting school boards in providing quality public education, focused on student achievement, through effective local governance.
Programs: Aasb received the investing in innovation (i-3) grant for culturally responsive and embedded social and emotional learning (cresel). Aasb was required to secure a fifteen percent match, which it did through funding from twelve outside agencies in support of our project. Aasb partnered with six of our member districts. The framework for culturally responsive embedded social emotional learning (cresel) is a tool for alaskan school districts infusing social and emotional learning into their district and school-wide infrastructure and student and family services. The five elements in the framework - learning environment, policies, content and pedagogy, family partnerships, and professional development - are drawn from extensive research around the components of culturally responsive education.
core support services program - aasb provided conferences and workshops during 2017 to assist school districts throughout the state of alaska on a wide variety of issues including the following:conferences & training: annual conference with 253 school board members, superintendents, administrators, others and 83 students and chaperones. This gathering brings together most of the education leaders and school board members in the state providing them exposure to renowned speakers and education clinics; leadership conference with 81 school board members, superintendents, administrators and 38 students and chaperones attending. This meeting helps board presidents and officers develop communication skills to become a more effective and productive leader; legislative fly-in: 43 school board members, superintendents and administrators and 2 students attending. This meeting assists school board members and superintendents to understand the basics of the legislative process. Boardsmanship academies: 68 school board members and superintendents attended. Topics included: school law, school finance, policy development and curriculum as well as workshops to improve knowledge of issues effecting schools in alaska. Customized workshops: 21 districts served. Aasb provides in-district workshops on topics such as teamwork, board/superintendent relations, school board self-evaluation and goal setting.
services include school climate & connectedness survey (sccs), policy development, superintendent search, strategic planning, community engagement and consortium for digital learning (cdl). School climate & connectedness survey: 27 districts and 2 agencies participated. This is a useful tool for schools looking to strengthen their overall climate and connectedness, improve their approach to increasing student achievement, and help kids succeed beyond the classroom. Policy development: aasb provides assistance with questions and sample policies, as well as expert consultations when reviewing or revising school district manuals. Aasb also offers policy online services to convert policy manuals to an online reference tool complete with links to legal references. Aasb facilitated policy reviews for 2 districts, 24 districts participated in the policy update service, 5 districts published their policy on-line for the first time and 25 districts renewed their policy on-line service. Superintendent search: aasb facilitated searches for 6 districts. Aasb provides expert facilitation of the entire search process including identifying the needs of the school district, recruiting candidates, background checks, facilitating the interviews and contract negotiation. Strategic planning: aasb facilitated workshops for 3 districts to help boards establish a mission and vision for the district and develop specific action plans that benefit student learning in measurable ways. Community engagement: aasb worked with 7 districts on community engagement activities/services. Consortium for digital learning (cdl): aasb is working with 3 districts to provide it support/review. Cdl offers a full menu of services to school districts in project management, professional development and development of digital resources and other services which support the needed critical factors of digital learning environments which help assure student success.