Upcoming Events

Leading Quality Literacy Instruction for Secondary Students with Lexie Domaradzki

posted Aug 29, 2012, 3:47 PM by Kathy Blanc

Fall 2012 Webinar Series
Dates: November 5, 12 and 26
Time: 3:45 - 5:45 pm AST

These webinars focus on instructional practices that may be required to help many students maintain or increase grade-level reading skills through 12th grade.

The six essential areas of growth in knowledge, reading, and thinking skills for grades 6 to 12 are reading fluency, vocabulary knowledge, content knowledge, higher-level reasoning and thinking skills, cognitive strategies specific to reading comprehension, and motivation and engagement.

While some students with serious reading difficulties will probably require instructional support in areas beyond strong vocabulary and comprehension instruction,(e.g., word-identification strategies), they will also require high quality instruction and significant practice in the areas described above if they are to close the gap toward grade-level reading skills.

In this session, we will address those practices and essential areas of instruction for providing support for secondary students.

Target Audience:  Secondary educators and administrators

Response to Intervention (RTI) 101: Getting Started with Multi-Tier Systems of Support

posted Jul 19, 2012, 2:59 PM by Kathy Blanc

Fall 2012 Webinar Series
Dates: October 11, 18, 25 and November 1
Time: 3:45 - 5:45 pm AST

New to RTI?  Learn how to build your program on a sound foundation.  Join Alaskan author and educator Rachel Chidsey-Brown for an introduction to RTI that explores the fundamentals of a successful program.  This webinar series will also help districts and schools take advantage of the opportunities at the Alaska RTI Conference in January.

More information>>

The Differentiated Classroom with Carol Tomlinson - Webinar Series

posted Jul 19, 2012, 2:57 PM by Kathy Blanc

with Carol Tomlinson -

October 10, November 15, 2012 & January 17 and February 13, 2013

Curriculum, assessment and instruction create a system of interdependent parts.  Bring the standards and curriculum to life by using differentiated instruction to reach all students.  Noted author and educator Carol Ann Tomlinson will provide an introduction to differentiated instruction and how it connects to the Common Core State Standards.

More information>>

ASLI University Credit

posted May 26, 2012, 6:16 PM by Kathy Blanc   [ updated May 26, 2012, 6:16 PM ]

APU EDUC 58097 Leading and Sustaining Change ASLI 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - Saturday, June 30, 2012

1 credit, Graded A-F
Assignments Due June 30, 2012
Anchorage, AK

Attend and participate in the ASLI May 31-June 3, 2012 at the Captain Cook Hotel


The focus of this institute is on a framework for improving student learning and organizational performance, strategies that can be used to transform learning in their schools and districts, and lateral capacity building opportunities through cross-district conversations.


1. Participants must attend the Alaska School Leadership Institute May 31 – June 3, 2012 at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, and
2. Read all materials, and
3. Using the tools and concepts presented in the course:

a. Describe an emerging best practice that you implemented, or saw implemented this year in a 2 page paper.


Contact Information (School, District, phone and email)
Alaska Self-Study Tool Domain(s) addressed (Curriculum, Assessment, Instruction, Supportive Learning Environment, Professional Development, Leadership)
Background about school
Priorities and strategies for improvement
Description of your emerging best practice - anchored to the domains (Describe the practice. Discuss how it evolved. Highlight key elements, including cultural responsiveness.)
Indicators of impact and improvement
Description of key supports leading to success
Summary of key lessons learned
If available, also include photos, videos or other multi-media portraying the school site and best practice, artifacts/documentation of the emerging best practice, discussion of the cultural responsiveness of the practice, and documentation of impact.

b. Write a 2 page reflection paper that applies three strategies from the Kotter framework to a current or planned change initiative. How will the material presented impact your actions next year? Include key players and the roles they might play in this process.

• All assignments are due no later than June 30, 2012.
• All grades must be submitted to the university at the same time. No early or late grades are permitted.
• No incompletes can be awarded.
• Participants who submit their papers after June 30 will not receive a passing grade.

All assignments must be placed in digital format (Word Document or pdf) and emailed to alaskaprincipal@gmail.com


Attendance and Participation – 50%
Final Project/Reflection – 50%

Alaska School Leadership Institute

posted Apr 4, 2012, 6:18 PM by Kathy Blanc   [ updated May 26, 2012, 6:14 PM ]

Scroll down to the bottom of the post to download the Final Agenda with Meeting Room Locations and the  Captain Cook Meeting Room Map

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - Friday, June 01, 2012

Captain Cook Hotel
939 W. 5th Ave.
Corner of 4th Ave. and "K" Street
Anchorage, Alaska
United States

Rural Alaska Principal Preparation and Support (RAPPS)
Leading and Supporting Change for School and District Leaders
Pre-Conference May 29
Conference May 30-June 1, 2012

Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage

Click HERE to go the registration form

Alaska School Leadership Institute Purpose
To build school and district leadership capacity using strategies, processes, tools and protocols for leading and supporting change.

ASLI 2012 will build on previous institute themes around collaboration and professional learning; using data to drive improvement; and aligning curriculum, instruction and assessment practices. 

Our institute design will complement this content by focusing on new themes featuring:  what actions leaders take to transform their organizations, how leaders help their organizations survive and thrive when leading change, and when leaders decide to exercise authority and/or influence to initiate and sustain change.  These new themes emerged from the ASLI 2011 evaluation results and the planning consultations convened with district leaders in 2011-2012.

In addition ASLI 2012 will continue to use role-alike Home Groups to encourage networking and engage participants in discussions of problems of practice through Critical Friends Conversations.  The institute schedule will also integrate daily District Team Time.  Finally Alaskan school and district leaders will share their emerging best practices highlighting a series of nominated projects that were identified through our 2012 Festival of Ideas process.

Schedule at a Glance


  • Pre-Conference Sectionals:  8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Opening Reception:  5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Opening Session:  5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  • Conference: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Lunch will be provided at the conference.
Pre Conference Activities
Pre-conference workshops will take place on May 29.  New attendees for ASLI 2012 are required to attend a day-long institute orientation.  In addition, a number of voluntary half-day and full day workshops are currently in development as pre-conference activities.  Topics being explored include:  Alaska STEPP, RTI, Implementing Alaska Standards, Developing Festival of Ideas proposals and Principal Evaluation. 


Core participants for the 2011 ASLI will include: practicing principals, principal/teachers, teacher leaders, central office staff, and superintendents from RAPPS partner school districts.
In addition, Aspiring Principals from the University of Alaska Anchorage program will join us across the entire institute.  Lastly representatives from our partner organizations will also join us - Alaska Staff Development Network, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, University of Alaska Anchorage Educational Leadership Program, and Alaska Administrator Coaching Project.

Hotel reservations

Reservations at the Captain Cook are available at the conference rate of $181 per night.

  • Participants must reserve their own rooms at the Captain Cook Hotel. The room rate is $181 per night. 
  • Make your reservation ASAP.  A limited number of rooms are available at this rate,  book your hotel now to ensure that you receive the lowest rate.  School districts are responsible for all lodging costs.
  • Phone Reservations:  Call 800-843-1950 and ask for the "Alaska School Leadership Institute" or RAPPS.
  • Online Reservations:  Click here  or 
1) Go to www.captaincook.com
2) Click on Reservations tab
3) Click on “Click Here to Enter Special Codes”
4) Enter your Group Code:  RAPS12
5) Choose your dates and book the conference rate

Webinar Series - Implement for Impact: Strategies for Success

posted Jul 27, 2011, 5:29 PM by Kathy Blanc   [ updated Sep 2, 2011, 5:24 PM ]

with Al Bertani - FALL 2011 -
October 5, 12, 19 and 26

As Charles Payne noted in his award winning book,  So Much Reform – So Little Change, school reform efforts across the United States have yielded incremental results – his analysis – we consistently fall apart at the implementation of our ambitious plans.

Across the four sessions of this webinar, participants will explore strategies for ensuring successful impact during the implementation phase of your improvement and transformation efforts.

Webinar themes will include: moving from planning to action, building ownership, monitoring and supporting implementation, and assessing your progress.  Participants will be able to use their current improvement efforts as their focus for the webinar.

Register online at www.asdn.org
No charge for RAPPS district staff to attend.  One optional university credit available for $90.

Webinar Series - Leading Quality Literacy Instruction

posted Jul 27, 2011, 5:26 PM by Kathy Blanc   [ updated Sep 2, 2011, 5:22 PM ]

with Lexie Domaradzki
- FALL 2011 and SPRING 2012 -

Elementary teachers: November 30, December 14, January 11 and 25, and February 7

Secondary teachers: February 29 and March 14

This literacy webinar series is designed to support elementary teachers in ensuring that all children learn how to read and write at a high level; to access, synthesize and evaluate information and to communicate their findings and ideas effectively. Webinar content will include strategies for improving Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Comprehension and Vocabulary. Each webinar will address both core instruction as well as intervention strategies.

The webinar series will provide support and assistance with increasing teachers’ skill and effectiveness in delivering rigorous reading instruction.  Sessions will focus on the implementation of the Alaska State Literacy Blueprint.

The target audience is elementary teachers, literacy specialists, and principals.

Literacy instruction for secondary teachers will be addressed in 2 webinars this spring.  There will be separate registration forms for the fall (elementary) webinar series and the spring (secondary) series.

Register online with ASDN at www.asdn.org

No charge for RAPPS district staff to attend.  One optional credit available for $90.

Webinar Series-Behavioral Response to Intervention: Creating a Continuum of Problem Solving and Support

posted Jul 27, 2011, 5:15 PM by Kathy Blanc   [ updated Jul 27, 2011, 5:48 PM ]

with Randy Sprick - FALL 2011-
October 18 and 25, November 1 and 8. 

Discipline and motivation problems can create significant barriers to achieving academic excellence in any school. By implementing positive behavior support at the school-wide, classroom, and (as needed) individual-student levels, school personnel can reduce the degree to which discipline/motivation serve as barriers to learning.

When implemented well at all three levels (school-wide, classroom, and individual), a Response to Intervention framework for behavior emerges in which universal prevention is the primary focus, and when it comes to intervention at Tiers 2 and 3, that the intensity of the intervention and support matches the intensity of student need.

The goal of academic and behavioral RTI is always to insure that every student is successful. A major theme is how staff can learn to shift from reactive punitive procedures to proactive and positive strategies. The first webinar looks at the big picture and each subsequent session will provide more depth on each of the three levels. This webinar series will allow school personnel to identify strengths of implementation of positive behavior support, identify weaknesses, and develop strategies for addressing those weaknesses.

Required book:  Behavioral Response to Intervention: Creating a Continuum of Problem-Solving and Support

Register with ASDN at www.asdn.org

No charge for RAPPS district staff to attend.  One optional credit available for $90.

University Credit-Alaska School Leadership Institute

posted Jun 1, 2011, 1:28 PM by Kathy Blanc   [ updated Jun 2, 2011, 12:28 PM ]

APU EDUC 58066 From Implementation to Impact 

1 credit, Graded A-F

Alaska Pacific University, 500-level credit

Assignments Due June 30, 2011

Click here for more details and to open the online registration form.

Alaska School Leadership Institute

posted Mar 6, 2011, 12:26 AM by Kathy Blanc   [ updated May 29, 2011, 10:52 AM ]

From Implementation to Impact:  Enhancing Skills for School and District Leaders
May 31-June 3, 2011

Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage. 

Alaska School Leadership Institute Purpose
To build school and district leadership capacity to support high quality implementation by learning how to utilize tools, strategies, processes and protocols to maximize impact.

Institute Learning Outcomes
1.   To learn how to use tools and frameworks to build coherence and sustain energy during implementation.
2.  To examine classroom and school implementation issues including strategies for instructional grouping, progress monitoring, and curriculum pacing.
3.  To learn and practice processes and protocols for examining student work in order to increase rigor and heighten expectations for student learning.
4.  To engage in critical friends conversations to help colleagues address the challenges and issues they face in their respective leadership roles.
5.  To learn about emerging best practices from rural Alaskan schools and districts through the Festival of Ideas.

Core participants for the 2011 ASLI will include: principals, principal/teachers, teacher leaders, central office staff, and superintendents from RAPPS partner school districts. In addition, Technical Assistance Coaches (TAC’s), Content Support Specialists (CSS's), Alaska Comprehensive Center Staff, and ASDN staff will attend the Institute.

Institute Attendees – Continuing and New
On Tuesday, May 31, 2011 a day-long orientation session will be held for all new 2011 ASLI attendees (new scholarship recipients and all others who did not attend last year). Three voluntary, half-day special interest sessions will also be offered on May 31st: Alaska STEPP, Culture and Community Engagement, and Teacher Evaluation.

Our summer institute will build on the work we have done with collaboration and professional learning; using data to drive improvement; aligning curriculum, instruction and assessment practices; and sharing emerging best practices and analyzing problems of practice using Alaskan examples. Critical Friends Conversations and District Team Time will be components of this year’s institute as well.

Hotel reservations at the Captain Cook are available at the conference rate of $181 per night. The conference code is RAPPS, or click here to reserve with the group rate.  

(Lunch will be provided to everyone enrolled in a pre-conference session from 12:15-1:00 in the Aft-Deck Room)

1) New participant orientation
9:00 am – 3:15 pm ENDEAVOR ROOM - Lower Level
People who did not attend the Alaska School Leadership Institute must attend a one day project pre-conference/orientation.  

2) Alaska STEPP – Alaska Steps Towards Educational Progress and Partnership
VOYAGER ROOM -Lower Level  
  • COHORT 2 - New STEPP  Districts - 9:00 am-12:15 pm
  • COHORT 1 - Continuing STEPP Districts - 1:00 pm -3:15 pm
3) Culture and Community Engagement
9:00 am - 12:15 pm - QUADRANT ROOM

4) Teacher Evaluation:  Trends and Issues in Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness
1:00 pm- 3:30 pm - QUADRANT ROOM

5) UAA RAPPS Aspiring Principals - New to UAA
9:00 am - 3:15 pm - ADVENTURE ROOM - Lower Level
Meet with UAA’s Liz Bario and Susan Garton for an introduction to the program.

The conference will start Tuesday evening with a reception at the Mid-Deck Room from 5:00-5:30
A welcome and orientation session will be held from 5:30-7:30 (required).

CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES  - Wednesday, June 1 - Friday, June 3 
(Breakfast and lunch provided every day in the Mid Deck Room.  Breakfast starts at 7:30)
Wednesday, June 1 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  (all groups meet in the Mid/Aft Deck Room)
Thursday, June 2 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, June 3 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

A pdf file of the agenda is available to download at bottom of this page.

While we solicited submissions for the 2011 Festival of Ideas from all returning Alaska School Leadership Institute participants, we had a low response rate (approximately 30%).  Based on a number of factors, including one less day for the Institute this year, the ASLI Instructional Design Team has decided to postpone our efforts around the Festival of Ideas for this Institute.  More information about our plans for the Festival of Ideas will be shared during the Institute. 

We thank those who took the time to submit FOI proposals.  We will use them in our process to identify SY 2011-12 Alaskan best practices and they will be included in the ASLI notebook for all participants to review.

We have set aside time for districts to meet every afternoon.  District teams will meet for 90 minutes on Wednesday and Thursday and for one hour on Friday.  We will provide copies of your school improvement plans.  Please bring a copy of your SY 2011-12 school district calendar. 

Breakfast and lunch are provided Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Breakfast starts at 7:30. 

Lunch WILL be provided on Tuesday in the Aft-Deck room for people who are enrolled in any of the the pre-conference sessions. 
Breakfast will NOT be provided on Tuesday.  Nearby breakfast options for Tuesday morning:  the Pantry Restaurant in the Captain Cook (full service breakfast), the Whale’s Tail Cafe in the Captain Cook (pastries and to-go items) or Snow City Cafe on 4th and “L”. 

No parking passes are available in conjunction with this conference. There are a number of pay parking lots close to the hotel and some metered street parking is available.

One-500 level professional development credit will be available.  Participants must attend all sessions and submit a festival of ideas proposal to receive the credit.

Click here for more information and online registration>>

RAPPS UAA Aspiring Principals
The UAA Aspiring Principals will meet at the Captain Cook at the same time as the ASLI conference.  If you have a RAPPS scholarship you will attend the UAA Aspiring Principals Institute.  This is the once a year, face-to-face meeting for all scholarship recipients to work with UAA instructors. Aspiring Principals will join the ASLI throughout each day: every morning for the Critical Friends Conversations, at lunch, and at the end of the day for district team time.

UAA Students with RAPPS Scholarships have a separate registration form.

The agenda for the UAA program is attached to the bottom of this page.

UAA Students - Click here to register for your Summer RAPPS conference>>

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