Welcome to the 2019 Alaska Cross Content Conference at West High School in Anchorage, AK, October 25th and 26th with follow up activities at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Sunday, October 27th.
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Friday, October 25 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Planning for and Implementing an Indigenous Immersion Program: Success with Federal Grant Writing

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This presentation highlights the last several years of work of an indigenous language revitalization movement in Anchorage, with the development and implementation of a Yup’ik dual language immersion program, starting with kindergarten, within the Anchorage School District. The session examines how a 3-year U.S. Department of Education federal grant has allowed for the establishment of a Yup’ik immersion program in a K-12 public school setting, one of the first indigenous language immersion program in an urban U.S. public school system. This work showcases the rights of Indigenous peoples of Alaska while revitalizing an Alaska Native language in a public school system. With no guarantee of ongoing funding beyond the grant, this research looks at how local entities perceive the development and implementation of the program, and its language revitalization efforts, specifically researching overall community impact and sustainability. With 21 official indigenous languages in Alaska, this project is the first and only Alaska Native language immersion program within the Anchorage School District, the only true urban setting within Alaska. We are two years into a 3-year federal grant and have important updates and “lessons learned” to share since the initial grant application.


Brandon Locke

Director, World Languages and Immersion Programs, Anchorage School District

Friday October 25, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 23