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Theme-Based Education Task Force Meeting in Barrow

Joint task force to hear from North Slope Borough School District & Community

Friday, December 2, 2011, Stony River, Alaska – A legislative task force created to study changes to Alaska’s educational system will meet in Barrow next week to hear about the North Slope Borough School District’s process to produce successful high school graduates.

The Joint Legislative Task Force on Theme-based Education will receive a presentation from the NSBSD on its changes, and from members of the community about its impacts. Members will also participate in a sample lesson, observe theme-based learning in classrooms and hear proposed next steps from the NSBSD.

The hearing will run two days, Thursday, Dec. 8, and Friday, Dec. 9 at the Iñupiat History, Language and Culture Center.

Stony River Representative Alan Dick chairs the task force, which was created by passage of last year’s Senate Bill 1. The group is to compile data and advise the legislature on the state’s public education curriculum, presenting their findings and recommendations to their peers before Jan. 1, 2012.

WHO:              Joint Legislative Task Force on Theme-Based Education

                        N. Slope Borough School District

                        Others

WHAT:            Field Hearing

WHEN:           Thursday, Dec. 8 – 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

                        Friday, Dec. 9 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:         The Iñupiat History, Language and Culture Center

                        5421 North Star Street, Barrow, AK

The task force met in October at the Anchorage LIO, with documents available at: http://www.housemajority.org/coms/tbe/tbe_background_27.php.

Rep. Dick’s opinion-editorial piece on theme-based and culturally-relevant education is available at: http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=dick20110826-266.

Senate Bill 1 can be viewed at: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/27/Bills/SB0001Z.PDF.

For more information contact Rep. Dick’s Juneau office at 907-465-4527.

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