The Educator Cross-Cultural Immersion (ECCI) program is an experiential program to help public school educators in urban Alaska better serve their Alaska Native students, communicate across cultural differences, and incorporate Alaska Native Ways of Knowing and Learning into their classrooms.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Alaska Native Education Program, ECCI has operated across the state of Alaska for the last seventeen years.
During the program, educators receive graduate-level credit for completing coursework in cross-culturally competent pedagogy, enhanced by an immersion experience at a rural Alaska Native Culture Camp. Educators attend a 1.5 day orientation in late May, travel to a Culture Camp during the summer, attend a 1.5 day debrief in September, and submit reflective coursework.
ECCI participants traveled to Culture Camps in eleven communities around the state in 2018: Allakaket, Afognak, Akhiok, Chalkyitsik, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Kake, LaVonne's Fish Camp (Kotzebue), Metlakatla, Napaimute, and Sand Point. We are grateful to these camps and communities for their partnerships!
Teachers and staff who work with K-12 students in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Mat-Su and Kenai Peninsula school districts are eligible.
ECCI satisfies the multicultural studies requirement for new Alaska teachers.
Earn Graduate Credit
Educators enroll for free and receive three graduate-level credits from UAA.
Spend 5-7 days at an Alaska Native Culture Camp with peers, youth, and community members.
All Expenses Paid
Airfare, meals, materials, accommodations and credit fees are covered by the program.