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Our Guests this morning on Our Community: Educator Alicia Besch-Barber and student Willa Pruner chat about the Shakespearean Circus, a fundraiser for Winterberry Charter Schools 8th grade trip.  

Besch-Barber says the students begin fundraising for the trip starting in 5th grade, and each spring a carnival or circus is put hosted in addition to other events. This year's theme - Shakespearian Circus, includes  Pruner adds that the trip is something all the students look forward to, and the destination is Synergia Ranch - an outdoor education experience in California.  

Valerie Baalerud

Tuesday's guest  on Morning Line: Alaska's winner of the Milken Educator Award Valerie Baalerud talks about making history fun in her Eagle River High School classroom.  

As Heard on Morning Line: Thread Book Party in the Park

Aug 8, 2017
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation

For several years, an Alaskan nonprofit organization has been hosting gatherings that promote literacy.

Thread, (later referenced in this article in lowercase, as the organization prefers) is a statewide organization that has many programs in communities across Alaska focused on Early Childhood care and Education. 

This Thursday is thread’s 11th Annual Book Party in the Park from 4-7pm, rain or shine.    

By Johanna Eurich, Independent Producer

Alaska Natives have been struggling with the failure of public education in their villages for a long time. Today, we look at two communities taking control of their schools.

By Johanna Eurich, Independent Producer

Many if not most of Alaska's rural schools are not working.  Low student performance and high teacher turnover are just two of more obvious indicators of problems in these mostly Native school districts. Those working in the schools say it's time for radical changes.

Paul Berg has taught in Alaska for more than 40 years -- ten of them in villages.

By the Associated Press

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is considering granting pardons to the Fairbanks Four, who have been serving time for the 1997 death of a teenager. The pardon would be the first issued in nearly a decade.  Under state law, the governor is required to first notify the state parole board for investigative work. The board also notifies victims of certain crimes, such as domestic violence and first-degree arson.


Alaska high school graduation rates among the lowest in the nation

Oct. 23, 2015

Wasilla legislator proposes raising minimum student number from 10 to 25

By Jennifer Canfield, KTOO – Juneau

At least one state lawmaker wants to propose an education cost-savings measure that could close dozens of rural schools across the state.

It started as a rumor. Democratic lawmakers and some education advocates have heard about it. That there are new ideas for changing how the state pays for education isn't a surprise. That this proposal could close 60 schools across the state is.

Baby Boomers, like everyone else, know that avoiding tobacco use, watching their weight, and exercising, contribute to longer life. However, researchers recently announced findings that show there may be a downside to longer life.

At the Gerontological Society of America annual science meeting, held in November in Washington DC, people who study aging share their research results, including studies on the potential implications of the large number of Baby Boomers now in their 50s and late 60s.

The Institute of the North is bringing stakeholders and policy leaders together in a series of meetings in Arctic Alaska communities. As KNOM's Matthew Smith reports, the first two days of meetings in Nome covered both larger Arctic ambitions, and more immediate local needs. Participants included representatives of the City of Nome, the Sitnasuaq Native corporation, and the regional Native nonprofit organization Kawerak, as well as several other organizations and individuals from around the region.

Danny Preston speaks with CEO of thread, Stephanie Berglund, and Senator Bill Wielechowski. The organization, thread, is a statewide childcare resource and referral network. thread provides services to families, including free childcare referrals. Save the date for an upcoming signature thread event, the 8th annual  Book Party in the Park! The party is August 14th from 4 - 7 PM and celebrates early literacy and promotes free family fun. For more information, visit: