CITC Awarded Dept. of Education Grant

Funding will support the development of an analysis and recommendations on Native education models for Alaska

CITC has been awarded a grant from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) to conduct an analysis and identify strategies for developing culturally relevant curriculum, programs, and school partnerships for Alaska Native and American Indian students.

“CITC is grateful for this support from DEED, and for the opportunity to explore culturally informed education models that serve Alaska Native and American Indian youth,” said CITC President and CEO Gloria O’Neill. “This work will be a vital step in building a more equitable education system in Alaska, one that reflects the values of indigenous people while laying a foundation for our youth to reach their endless potential.”

This collaboration will build upon CITC’s successful education initiatives to determine the best ways to further Alaska Native involvement in Alaska public education. CITC has a long history of increasing tribal ownership of education for Alaska Native students and offers a wide array of educational programs aimed directly at providing culturally relevant curricula.

CITC will conduct four primary activities during the project. Working with its partners, CITC will organize approximately 15 community work sessions throughout Alaska. Parental input and student voices will be prominent in these community and regional work sessions. CITC will also conduct other activities with many different stakeholders to help create a vision of education for Alaska’s future.

Following the community sessions, CITC staff and an Advisory Group will synthesize the input gathered through the projects various methods. CITC will deliver a report to DEED that includes strategic priorities and recommended education models for values-based K-12 public education in Alaska that can be shared with tribes throughout the state.

DEED has awarded CITC a $1 million grant for the 18-month project with funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act.

Alaska’s Education Challenge includes five strategic priorities. This grant directly addresses three of those: Working to close the achievement gap by ensuring equitable educational rigor and resources; Increase career, technical, and culturally relevant education to meet student and workforce needs; and improve the safety and well-being of students through school partnerships with families, communities, and tribes.

The full grant proposal is available on DEED’s website under “CRRSA Act Information.”