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New CEAAC leadership elected

The CEAAC fall meeting in Fairbanks October 1 was our busiest ever, including electing new officers to our Executive Committee. (more)

CEAAC projects receive grant funding

CEAAC’s recent success in receiving grants has allowed us to fund our work with only half of our revenue coming from member dues. (more)

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Educator Quality and Quantity Project milestone

Jerry Covey and Dr. Barbara Adams presented their six-month research project on improving the quality and quantity of Alaska teachers, specialists and principals, speaking over dinner to an open session of three dozen superintendents and other education stakeholders in Fairbanks on October 1. (more)

Ed Connector roll-out plan

Ed Connector Director Lora Jorgensen spent time talking with superintendents across the state over the past two weeks and, after getting their feedback, CEAAC has decided to modify its roll out plan for Ed Connector. (more)

New member joins; and time to renew

Welcome to CEAAC’s newest member, Denali Borough School District. (more)

Fall meeting in Fairbanks October 1

Our fall board meeting will take place Wednesday, October 1, at the Westmark Fairbanks. (more)

CEAAC’s first full-time staff person on board

Lora Jorgensen, Ed Connector Director

Lora Jorgensen is on staff as the director of the Ed Connector, CEAAC’s program to help district administrators with access to resources and collaboration among districts. (more)

Legislative program development

CEAAC is now in the process of establishing its Legislative priorities for the coming year. (more)

Moore agreement signed for Ed Connector

An amendment to the Moore settlement agreement will allocate $450,000 to CEAAC for the Ed Connector project. (more)

Covey and Adams studying teacher quantity and quality

Jerry Covey and Dr. Barbara Adams are working hard over the summer on a study to find root causes for Alaska’s failure to turn more of our own students into teachers. (more)

Membership, fall meeting, elections

CEEAC’s fall board meeting will be held in Fairbanks on October 1, time to be announced. (more)

Contract renewals and new team members

The CEAAC Executive Board met on June 11, renewing contracts for the executive director, Charles Wohlforth, and government relations director, Tom Begich. (more)

Ed Connector developing web portal

The Ed Connector is our service to add capacity to districts’ administrators by connecting them to resources and other districts. (more)

Moore program changes

The Moore Collaborative Committee met on May 19 and adopted new policies and discussed allocation of future grant funds. (more)

CEAAC thanks Norm Eck for his leadership

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Pictured from left: Charles Wohlforth, Joe Beckford, Todd Poage, Mike Abbott,
Kerry Boyd, and Norm Eck. (more)

Board meeting, financial report, budget and milestones

The CEAAC board approved an annual budget, heard a financial report, received a two-year audit, and reviewed milestones on our legislative program and three-year plan at the April 10 meeting in Anchorage. (more)

Ed Connector to be funded through Moore Settlement

The CEEAC board voted April 10 to support changing the Moore settlement to direct $450,000 to our Ed Connector project, spreading the funds over six years. (more)

Covey completes RLC Project, begins TQQ Project

The Regional Learning Center Project led for CEAAC and Cook Inlet Tribal Council by Jerry Covey has been completed with all goals attained: legislation allowing districts to create regional, variable-length programs; an increase in funding to cover all boarding and travel costs; and legislation requiring an annual application period for new programs. (more)

CEAAC 2014 legislative report released

Read Government Relations Director Tom Begich's full report here

Scholarship Winners Announced

The judges of the Spike Jorgensen Scholarship today announced the two winners for 2014. They were Kvichak Aspelund of Naknek and Paige McConnell of Kotzebue. (more)

Spring board meeting Thursday in Anchorage

All CEAAC members are invited to participate in our spring meeting, Thursday, April 10, at 3:30pm, in Sheraton Anchorage Board Room 308. (more)

Legislative action and emergency meeting

CEAAC called an emergency meeting April 3 to address the House education bill, HB 278 CS, which made several questionable changes, including altering the school funding formula to give a large new advantage to Anchorage. (more)

Moore Committee Grants approved

The Moore Collaborative Committee approved nearly all grant requests at its meeting at the UAA College of Education on March 31, 2014. (more)

HSGQE Remediation Program to close out

One of the four programs created by the Moore settlement was the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam Remediation Reimbursement Program. (more)

Reallocation of Moore settlement dollars

After more than two years, most of the Moore settlement has been committed to grants for rural schools (although most grant activities are only just getting started). (more)

Ed Connector (formerly ERSI)

Our steering committee and contractor continued work on this program to support small district administrators with resources, capacity, and collaborative relationships. (more)

Scholarship applications

We received 26 valid applications for the Spike Jorgensen Scholarship by the deadline this year. (more)

Proposed change to the Moore Settlement

The Executive Committee on February 26 and voted to move forward with the first step of a plan to amend the Moore Settlement agreement to reallocate some of the funds. (more)

Juneau activity

CEAAC has taken a very active role in Juneau this year. As previously noted, our legislation to increase the stipend for our RLC project was included in Governor Parnell’s education bill. (more)

Moore applications and program changes

By the February 7 deadline the Moore Collaborative Committee received 7 applications for Targeted Resources, 36 applications for Teacher Retention, and 9 for two-year-kindergarten. (more)

Spring board meeting April 10 in Anchorage

The CEAAC Board of Directors will meet in Anchorage Thursday, April 10, at 3:30, the day before Alaska Teacher Placement’s spring Job Fair. (more)

Moore grant deadline Friday and a new chairperson

February 7, 2014: Moore grant applications due February 7, 2014 for Targeted Resources, Teacher Retention, Teacher Retention continuation, and Early Learning. (more)

Scholarship deadline and a new CEAAC aide

Deadline is March 3, 2014 for the Spike Jorgensen Scholarship. (more)

Responding to the Governor’s bill

CEAAC is taking a leadership role in working with interested groups and Commissioner Hanley in finding a positive outcome to the “Education Session” of the Alaska legislature. (more)

Progress on our project to help district administrators

CEAAC’s project to create a new institution to link and support Alaska school districts and build administrative capacity—which we have called the ERSI project—took a major step forward with the completion of our Phase 1 report studying the problems of small district administrators and the best ways to help. (more)

Partnership releases survey report

A Northern Economics survey of all Alaska teachers and 750 parents released in January contains a wealth of information about school challenges and how they are perceived from each side of the schoolhouse door. (more)

Important deadlines:

February 7, 2014: Moore grant applications due February 7, 2014 for Targeted Resources, Teacher Retention, Teacher Retention continuation, and Early Learning. http://ceaac.net/Moore_Clearinghouse_Page.html

March 3, 2014: Spike Jorgensen Scholarship. http://spikescholarship.org/ (more)

CEAAC accomplishments during 2013

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Scholarship awareness—new URL

After receiving many late applications for our scholarship last year, we are making a push to publicize the scholarship this year. (more)

Survey results

Thank you to superintendents. The response to our ERSI survey was terrific, seeking information for setting up a resource portal to assist your districts. (more)

Project plan, steering committee

In March, 2013, CEAAC contracted with Sarah Sledge for a Phase 1 ERSI report to investigate existing resources and district needs and recommend a course of action. (more)

Amended legislative program

To the board from our Government Relations Director, Tom Begich:

Transition of ERSI project

Our project to bring additional capacity to rural school administrations, led by Sarah Sledge, will transition to a new phase with a new leader, Lora Jorgensen (no relation to Spike). (more)

Legislative program

Government Relations director Tom Begich has completed the legislative program, which we are posting on the CEAAC website today. (more)

Work on basic funding

As a leader in a large coalition of groups advocating for basic school support, called the Partnership for Public Education, CEAAC has taken the role of pushing for a specific ask to increase the Base Student Allocation and the state’s funding of pre-K programs. (more)

Annual meeting accomplishments

Here are highlights from CEAAC’s fall board meeting, which was our best attended in my memory: (more)

New partnerships and outreach

In addition to adding members to CEAAC, we have taken a leading role in convening all Alaska education groups and attracting business and community groups to support basic education funding and resist attacks on education in the legislature. (more)

Working with AASB and AASA

We reached out to the Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB) and the Alaska Association of School Administrators (AASA) to create more effective working relationships. (more)

ERSI Project moves to next stage

In the spring the board initiated a study to look at how to build capacity for school improvement in district administration offices. (more)

Stipend increase presented to governor’s staff

After the success of the Residential Learning Center project spearheaded by CEAAC consultant Jerry Cover in the 2013 legislature, Jerry is continuing to work on important implementation steps. (more)

NEA-Alaska joins CEAAC

Our director, Charles Wohlforth, recently met with NEA-Alaska President Ron Fuhrer and ED Lydia Garcia on the many common goals and interests of our organizations, and their organization has decided to join CEAAC as a dues-paying member. (more)

Elections, updates, and strategy at fall meeting

CEAAC’s fall board meeting is Wednesday, September 25, at 4:30 pm in the Voyager Room at the Hotel Captain Cook. (more)

CEAAC causes bulge in school construction funding

The Anchorage Daily News ran an article recently, reprinted from the Alaska Journal of Commerce, noting that state school construction funding had risen 18% this year despite a 20% decrease in the overall state capital budget. (more)

CEAAC annual membership meeting

CEAAC will hold its annual membership meeting on Wednesday, September 25, at 4:30 pm in the Voyager Room at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. (more)

New academic year

CEAAC closed out the year with a small budget surplus and a long list of successful initiatives over the last 12 months. (more)

Membership renewals

Invoices have gone out for membership dues. (more)

Teacher training

The third of the three major initiatives in our three-year plan is to improve the number and quality of teachers trained in Alaska. (more)

Finishing up the year

Districts are in their summer schedules of maintenance, vacations and planning, with some transitions of superintendents to new jobs. (more)

Membership dues amounts and invoices

We will be sending out invoices for next year’s membership dues shortly. (more)

Moore Grant results, budget, timeline

The dust has settled from this year’s Moore Settlement grant process. I will never forget the challenge of setting up this program and getting the money out to districts. (more)

New list of 40 schools

The list of 40 schools addressed by the Moore Settlement has changed. The settlement focuses on the 40 schools with the lowest performance, as measured by the EED’s modified index score. (more)

RLC continuation and access for districts

The Residential Learning Center project, pursued on our behalf by Jerry Covey, moves into a new phase thanks to our success in the legislature, covered in last month’s reports, which are on the website. (more)

Legislative success

As noted by our leader for the Regional Learning Center project, Jerry Covey, we went in a single year from an idea to legislation enacted into law. (more)

Moore grants approved, denied

The Moore Collaborative Committee met Thursday, April 11, to review grant applications for Targeted Resources and Teacher Retention grants. (more)

2013 Spike Jorgensen Scholarship winners announced

From the judges:

The winners of the 2013 scholarship are:

1) Christine Rene from St. Mary's School District
2) Jacinta Matthias from Kotlik - Lower Yukon School District
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Board meeting April 11

All school district members of CEAAC have a voting seat on our board of directors. (more)

Legislative action

Tom Begich, Jerry Covey, and a number of our members have been working hard in Juneau on our most ambitious package of legislation in years. (more)

Important upcoming dates

April 5: Announcement of the winners of the Spike Jorgensen Scholarships.

April 11, noon: Moore Collaborative Committee meets (more)

April 11, 3:30pm: CEAAC Board Meeting, Hotel Captain Cook, Adventure Room.

May 1: Applications due to DEED for HSGQE Remediation Reimbursement. (more)

Time and room set for upcoming board meeting

The next CEAAC Board meeting is in the Adventure Room at the Hotel Captain Cook, April 11, 3:30 - 5pm. (more)

Big round of Moore grant applications

The deadline Monday for three of the four Moore grant programs brought in a flood of applications. (more)

Project approved for Education Research and Support Institute

The CEAAC Executive Board today approved a proposal from Sarah Sledge for phase 1 of a project to study the need for a research and support organization. (more)

Legislative Update

Tom Begich and Jerry Covey have made significant progress with our initiatives for the RLC project and fixing the REAA school construction fund mechanism. (more)

Upcoming board meeting

Our spring board meeting will again coincide with the Alaska Teacher Placement job fair in Anchorage, April 12-13 at the Captain Cook. (more)

Many deadlines

The following deadlines are critical for CEAAC members. Most of these will be annual deadlines, and the committee has not approved any late applications so far. (more)

School construction legislation

Political Director Tom Begich is working hard on our priorities, which are outlined here. (more)

RLC project

The benefit of coordination also can back up our work with Jerry Covey’s RLC project. (more)

BSA

Finally, I know many superintendents are looking anxiously at the legislature’s intent on the BSA. (more)

Teacher housing update

CEAAC successfully sponsored a pre-screened proposal to the Moore Committee to use settlement money for teacher housing for schools with high turn-over and low achievement. (more)

Prepare for Moore Pre-K and other funds

It is time for districts to apply for the pre-k funding we fought for through the Moore litigation. (more)

Teacher housing

We have brought on consultants to help districts manage the process for building teacher housing with minimal cost or administrative overhead. (more)

RLC project

CEAAC is advancing legislation in the 2013 session and regulations with DEED to implement the Residential Learning Center project Jerry Covey has pursued on our behalf for the last six months. (more)

Our meeting schedule

We have decided to minimize CEAAC board meetings but increase personal contact with superintendents. (more)

Spike Jorgensen Scholarship

Don’t forget to tell your students about our Spike Jorgensen Scholarship! Deadline March 1! (more)

Additional Moore grants approved

Three CEAAC districts won approval of Teacher Retention grants from the Moore Collaborative Committee December 7. (more)

Scholarship update and other new web material

We are in the process of updating material all over the CEAAC website. (more)

Additional round for vendor pre-screened proposals

CEAAC and the State of Alaska December 6 issued a Request for Information to vendors and agencies interested in providing services for districts with Moore settlement funds. (more)

Meeting with Governor Parnell

Three representatives of CEAAC met with Governor Parnell and his top education and budget people on November 13 to discuss funding of school construction and our legislation to resolve problems with how Kasayulie settlement funding relates to funding through the so-called REAA construction funding mechanism. (more)

RRLC Project advances and setbacks

Jerry Covey presented our project for Rural Residential Learning Centers to the State Board of Education on December 6. (more)

Committee approves $2.3 million in grants, postpones others

Four districts were unanimously approved for Targeted Assistance Grants by the Moore Collaborative Committee on Monday, November 1, totaling about $2.3 million over the next three years (more)

Help for districts to access money

CEAAC has retained an experienced retired superintendent and grants expert, Lee Clune (also one of CEAAC’s original founders) to help member districts obtain money from the Moore Settlement. (more)

Trickey and legal team honored

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Members of CEAAC's Executive Board present Howard Trickey with the resolution creating the $300,000 Howard S. Trickey Constitutional Defense Fund. From left: Member-at-Large Mike Abbott, Member-at-Large Todd Poage, Vice-President Kerry Boyd, Trickey, and President Norm Eck. (more)

AFN endorses CEAAC’s RRLC project

The project led by Jerry Covey promoting Regional Residential Learning Centers has moved into high gear, with a major endorsement from the membership of the Alaska Federation of Natives. (more)

Deadline extended for HSGQE remediation

Districts now have until May 1 to apply for funds for remediation expenses for students who failed the HSGQE, and reimbursement will cover eligible expenses from January 19, 2012, onward. (more)

Executive committee actions

The Executive Committee met October 26 to give direction on investing CEAAC funds and to extend the Executive Director’s contract (more)

Grant funds under-used

The October 1 deadline for round two of the Moore Settlement grant programs passed with a shortage of requests from districts for the money. (more)

Trickey to be honored

At our fall meeting, the CEAAC board voted to honor Attorney Howard Trickey by naming our $300,000 legal fund “The Howard S. Trickey Esq. Constitutional Defense Fund.” (more)

Covey RRLC project update

At our fall board meeting in Valdez, Jerry Covey gave a full report on the Regional Residential Learning Center project he has been pursuing over the summer on CEAAC’s behalf. (more)

Fall meeting notes

Our fall meeting in Valdez on September 26 was busy and well attended. (more)

Fall meeting scheduled

CEAAC will hold a general membership meeting on Wednesday, September 26, at 7:30, in Valdez. (more)

Moore grant process and pre-screened proposals

Notice went out to districts last week for the current round of grants for Moore Settlement Funds. (more)

Regional Residential Learning Centers

Jerry Covey is continuing to work on the RRLC concept for us. In the last month he made a trip to Tok to meet community members and educators in the Alaska Gateway School District. (more)

First Moore grant approved

The Northwest Arctic Borough School District received funding as the only applicant in the first round of Targeted Resources Grants available through the Moore v State settlement. (more)

Membership dues

Notices of dues went out mid-month, and a number of districts have already paid their dues to CEAAC. Our largest member, Anchorage School District, was the first to pay. (more)

Scholarships awarded

The Spike Jorgensen Scholarships have been awarded and paid to university registrars for three students. We received 18 applications for the two new and one renewing scholarship. (more)

Help needed to study regional centers

Our project, led by Jerry Covey, to study creation of Regional Residential Learning Centers, is moving forward toward completion of a report in the fall that will help us advocate for additional state funding to give village students an opportunity to study at comprehensive high schools and vocational facilities in hub communities. (more)

First round of Moore grant applications

Considerable behind-the-scenes work by CEAAC, DEED and the Moore Collaborative Committee got the Moore settlement programs off the ground during June. (more)

HSGQE reimbursement instructions

Instructions and a simple, one-page form, created with CEAAC input, were released by DEED for the HSGQE remediation reimbursement program under the Moore settlement. (more)

Call for vendors for pre-screened grants

With CEAAC’s support, DEED will issue a call for vendors and agencies hoping to provide products or services to districts through pre-screened Moore settlement grants. (more)

Spike Jorgensen Scholarship

We received an impressive volume of applications for the two Spike Jorgensen Scholarships by the June 15 deadline. (more)

Membership renewal

With the conclusion of the fiscal year comes the time for renewal of your CEAAC membership. (more)

Moore Collaborative Committee releases dates, amounts

The committee called for in the Moore Settlement has formed and held its initial three meetings, including an all-day worksession in Anchorage on May 29 that established important parameters on the settlement’s programs to serve struggling schools. (more)

Additional support for Regional Residential Learning Center project

Our project has received more funding to study, design and advocate for regional residential learning centers: (more)

State pays CEAAC $500,000

Through our law firm, JDO, CEAAC has received legal fees payment from the State of Alaska for $500,000, covering litigation that occurred many years ago in the Kasayulie case. (more)

Legislative success reported

Political Director Tom Begich’s full report on the legislative session is attached. (more)

Moore program implementation going forward

A joint letter from our executive director and Commissioner Mike Hanley will be going out to districts soon laying out the process for convening the Moore Collaborative Committee and for creating the first round of programs for schools. (more)

CEAAC adopts three-year plan

Our spring CEAAC board meeting, April 12, saw adoption of a Three-Year Plan covering our priorities for how we hope to transform education in Alaska. (more)

Partnership supporting Regional Residential Learning Center project

Our first new priority under the Three-Year Plan is to study, design and advocate for regional residential learning centers. (more)

Budget adopted, windfall allocated

The board adopted a budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year. (more)

Spike Jorgensen Scholarship

The scholarship was created in 2011 to honor the contributions of former CEAAC executive director Spike Jorgensen, and now the board has expanded it to serve more students and to serve them longer. (more)

BREAKING NEWS – Governor signs appropriations for settlements

Yesterday Governor Parnell signed the supplemental appropriation bill that allocates $18 million to the Moore settlement programs and $500,000 to CEAAC to compensate us for our legal expenses in the Kasayulie settlement. (more)

CEAAC spring meeting notice/strategic planning

We are meeting Thursday, April 12, at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. (more)

Legislative successes

Political Director Tom Begich reports success so far in reversing proposed cuts to programs critical to CEAAC. (more)

Kasayulie update

We are continuing to work on the issue I highlighted in last month’s update regarding the funding source for the school construction promised in the Kasayulie settlement agreement. (more)

Intervention legislation

Bills in the House and Senate to change the state’s policy for intervening in low-performing school districts are lodged in the Finance Committee of each body and are not expected to move. We will update members if the committees move those bills.

Meeting notice

CEAAC will meet before the Statewide Job Fair in Anchorage, on Thursday, April 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. Room to be announced. The Job Fair is April 13-14. This is a critical meeting for us. More details below.

Moore settlement fall-out

The Moore settlement has received a generally positive reaction from legislators with no controversy about funding so far in the legislature. (more)

Kasayulie settlement issues

Staff to Senator Lyman Hoffman found an item in the detail of the capital budget (unavailable in the public version) that diminishes the value of the Kasayulie settlement to our districts. (more)

Strategic planning/Spring meeting

The reaction of superintendents to our small-group teleconferences for CEAAC’s strategic planning has been excellent. (more)

Intervention legislation

With all else that has been happening, CEAAC hasn’t taken a lead role in other legislation in Juneau, but we have worked at the request of the two Education Committee chairs in the House and Senate with their staffs on their proposed legislation to change how the state intervenes in districts. (more)

Moore Settlement Signed

CEEAC's Board of Directors unanimously approved a settlement of the Moore v State litigation on Wednesday, January 25, and signing was completed in Juneau on the next day at a media event in the Attorney General's office, with Commissioner of Education Mike Hanley. Response from lawmakers and the media have been enthusiastically positive. (more)

 

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