The month of October is exciting for the SSE program staff. We recently held a day and a half orientation in Anchorage for the educators leading teams to come together. They learned about the program and began to plan with their partner teacher.
We are excited to welcome a wide range of communities from across the entire state to the program this year. Check out the map below to see who is participating this year.
Communities participating are: Anchorage, Buckland, Chevak, Deering, Eielson AFB, Emmonak, Hooper Bay, Juneau, Kasigluk, Kotzebue, Napakiak, Noatak, Nome, Northway, Palmer, Point Lay, Prince of Wales Island, Scammon Bay, Shaktoolik, Sitka, Tok, and Unalaska.
During orientation a diverse group of educators came together to learn about the program. This is a great chance for past participants to share their lessons learned with others, and for old friends to reunite. It is amazing to see how connected Alaska is, especially in field of education.
Educators are now tasked to go back to their schools and begin recruiting student participants. The ideal student has an interest in exploring different cultures and is a good representative of their school/community. The selection process is different at each school. The end goal is to find a cohesive group of five students.
Educators are also beginning to recruit host families. Being a host family is a great opportunity to interact with students from a different community. It is a chance to showcase your community and to learn about a different place in Alaska. While opening up your home can seem like an intimidating task, it is most often reported as fantastic experience. The ideal host family is welcoming to the visitors and can provide a safe, warm accommodations.
It truly feels like the harvest season with the gathering of the many educators, students, and host families who will begin their journey through this program this year.