Program Contact

Amanda Dale
Public Programming Manager

(907) 272-5503 |

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.

Experiential Learning
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.

  • "My 2015 ECCI experience continues to benefit me in my daily practice. Sometimes just being able to talk with a child who misses his village makes a huge difference. ECCI gave me a frame of reference that I can use to build relationships that my students need."

    Campbell STEM Elementary, Anchorage

  • “I loved everything about this experience... the cultures I was so lucky to experience, the people, the beauty of Alaska, the self-reflection and the stories shared by all. I will count this as one of the most valuable experiences of my professional life. You really know how to get us to think deeply.”

    Harborview Elementary School, Juneau