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On June 13th, CWN hosted a lunch and a panel discussion with Kathy Moffitt, Director, Special Projects, Anchorage School District, and Herb Schroeder, Ph.D., Founder of UAA’s Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program. They discussed education in Alaska and innovative approaches to education that encourage Alaskan students to become Alaskan teachers.  We had a great turnout with a sold-out room.  Education in Alaska is clearly a timely and important topic, and we look forward to additional forums on education this year.


Kathy Moffitt’s presentation can be downloaded here.

Alaskans are struggling with recent data that highlights the need to improve student achievement to meet the metrics demanded by employers, colleges and universities. To engage students at a young age to become teachers, and achieve a system that efficiently and effectively equips Alaska’s students for the demands of the future workforce or the new challenges of post-secondary education, we should be informed and attentive to the needs of our school districts and evaluate teacher training programs, both in Alaska and outside Alaska, that have produced high quality teachers and have generated sustained above-average student achievement results to ensure that limited financial, managerial, and recruitment resources are directed toward teacher training and that is likely to yield positive results for Alaska’s students.

Kathy Moffitt understands K-12 education. In her 34 years as an educator, she has worked in the elementary, middle, and high school settings. Currently, Kathy works as Director of Innovations and Administrative Projects for Anchorage School District (ASD). She has been involved in the startup of ASD’s newest school, Alaska Middle College School, the first place-based dual credit/concurrent enrollment program in the state of Alaska. In addition, she is a leader in looking at other innovative ways to enhance opportunities for students within ASD.

In 2015, Kathy was honored by the Center for Digital Education as a K-20 education leader; as such, she was recognized as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across America.
Herb Schroeder

Dr. Herb Schroeder created the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) in 1995 with a single Alaska Native engineering undergraduate.  ANSEP has evolved into a longitudinal education model that provides a continuous string of components to over 2,000 students beginning in sixth grade, continuing through high school, into engineering and science undergraduate majors, and through graduate school to the PhD.  The Urban Institute has found that ANSEP students outperform national averages for all students at every education level.

Dr. Schroeder has been recognized with a 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), the 2005 Alaska Federation of Natives Denali Award, the greatest honor presented by the Federation to a non-Native, and the 2009 National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award (Founders Award) created to honor individuals whose efforts and accomplishments have resulted in increased underrepresented minority participation in the nation’s engineering workforce.

ANSEP has been recognized in 2012 as one of the Top 25 Innovations in Government from the Harvard Kennedy School, Ash Center for Democratic Governance, a  2013 Partners in Conservation Award, with the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Area Science Center for exemplary collaborations between Department of the Interior, its bureaus, and organizations across the country that take innovative approaches towards conservation of America’s public lands and resources, and a 2014 U.S. Department of Energy Minorities in Energy Award.  ANSEP partner organizations have provided funding for the 13,000-square foot canoe shaped ANSEP Building that was opened in 2006 on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to provide a focal point for ANSEP and in 2009 provided funds for the Dr. Herbert P. Schroeder Chair of ANSEP endowed chair.


Thank you to our program sponsor!

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