C3: Creating Cultural Competence

Alaska teachers participate alongside Elders, culture bearers, local youth, and teacher-peers in cultural immersion and supportive gatherings, all under the structure of a university-level multicultural studies course.

What is C3?

Cross-cultural experience: The C3 journey invites teachers not only to learn about the culture of the community they'll become a member of, but also to develop a deeper understanding of their own racial, ethnic, and cultural identities and how those identities shape their values and assumptions about education. Through the C3 program, teachers build relationships that help them connect with the people, communities, and region where they will be teaching.

  • Earn graduate credit: Free enrollment for teacher participants in a multicultural studies course required for Alaska certification or renewal credits.
  • All expenses paid: Airfare to your Bristol Bay community, program materials, and course credit are covered by the program.
  • Experiential Learning: Cultural immersion experience with local Elders, youth, and community members.


Educators must be:

  • Hired in the Bristol Bay region within the past 5 years
  • Available to attend an in-region culture camp over the summer.  Dates can be found at the "C3 Schedule" button below
  • Available to attend virtual and in-person programming during the school year, including a 3-credit Multicultural Studies course, 2 midyear gatherings, and ongoing connections with a community mentor.

Julie Rowland

Cross Cultural Program Manager
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Current Program Partners

Bristol Bay Region: Download the BBNC Cultural Wellness report to learn more about this unique region and how the three indigenous cultures of Bristol Bay- Alutiiq, Dena'ina, and Yup'ik- come to life here.

Our partners are instrumental in moving this project forward: 

  • Bristol Bay Native Corporation and BBNC Education Foundation, 
  • Bristol Bay Regional Career and Technical Education Program (BBRCTE), 
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) School of Education,
  • Bristol Bay Borough School District, 
  • Dillingham City School District, 
  • Lake and Peninsula School District, 
  • Southwest Region School District, and
  • Education Northwest

In connection with this program, UAA is pleased to offer a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning.  C3 participants will have the unique opportunity to earn 3 credits towards this Master's degree, in addition to the required experiential learning credits after 3 years of teaching in the Bristol Bay region.  Learn more by visiting this webpage.

C3 is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Alaska Native Education Program.

C3 Program Impact

A 2017 five-year study shows a significant impact:

C3 Preparing Teachers To Serve
  • Twice as many C3 teachers chose to stay in Lower Kuskokwim School District compared to non-C3 teachers; in NWABSD, 1.7 times as many C3 teachers chose to stay compared to non-C3 teachers.
  • The C3 induction model becomes cost effective by year 2 or 3, depending on the scale of teacher replacement in a district.
  • Increasing cultural competency, as the C3 Project does, increases teachers' grit and growth mindsets.

See the "5 Year Evaluation Report" to learn more about the full study.

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