Governor Parnell Unveils Digital Teaching Initiative
October 24, 2013, Fairbanks, Alaska – In an address to the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention in Fairbanks, Governor Sean Parnell today announced a statewide education initiative to bring more of Alaska’s best teachers directly to Alaskan children.
The governor’s initiative will digitally link teachers, courses, and students from across Alaska in a shared goal of excellence.
“Every Alaskan child, including those in rural communities, deserves access to a world-class education,” Governor Parnell said. “It is time for bold solutions, and my administration is committed to going big into digital learning over the next five years to ensure all of Alaska’s children have access to the best teachers available. By using a small studio with cameras and computers in one location, and technology in a rural classroom, for example, teachers can deliver higher quality and more diverse classes to our students.”
Designed to bring more of Alaska’s best teachers directly to students through interactive, digital learning, the governor’s new education initiative will attract Alaska’s top educators and make them available to all Alaska students. The five-year project will utilize innovative digital and distance delivery models to maximize student engagement and learning opportunities, while also prioritizing middle and high school math and science courses.
Governor Parnell made the announcement during an interactive speech with students from Manokotak School.