Sister School Blog

October 29, 2018

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 thi...

August 13, 2018

Sister School Exchange Currently Recruiting

Recruiting for 2018-2019

We are seeking educators to lead teams through a cross cultural exchange next school year. 

Who: We look for both middle and high schools to participate in the program. (Grades 6-12th)

When: Applications for educators wanting to lead a group are due September 4th.  Program takes place throughout the school year.

Cost:  All cost of travel including: flights, f...

June 11, 2018

The Sister School Exchange program connects Alaskans by pairing an urban and rural team together for a school year.  Each team takes a turn hosting and visiting another community. As they travel and spend time together, connections are made.  This year, 24 teams participated in the Sister School Exchange program.  Click on the map above to see photos of the teams.  

Through the program, students learn more a...

May 24, 2018

The Forum's Sister School Exchange program builds connections between Alaskan communities through a reflective experiential-based curriculum that culminates with an exchange. 

The program operates throughout the school year, matching a teacher and five students from a rural community with a teacher and five students from urban Alaska. These teams work through a 6-8 week curriculum on cross-cultural understanding, and then tak...

March 27, 2018

The Sister School Exchange has been operating for over 17 years.  The exchange was created because tensions between rural and urban Alaskans were on the rise.  Out of these miss understanding lawmakers worked together to put aside funds specifically targeting bringing rural and urban Alaskans closer together.  

The exchange has changed slightly in format over the years, but the core still remains the same....

March 14, 2018

Teams are starting to travel!  So far we have had exchanges to Toksook Bay, Eek, Fairbanks, Colony, and Manokotak.  More are heading out soon!  

Team from Juneau getting ready to board their first plane as they head to Eek. (By the end of the day, they had been on three different planes.)

Representing Your Community

Before teams head out they prepare by spending time discussing how to represent their community...

February 27, 2018

 The Sister School Exchange program is getting busier by the day!  Most teams are finishing up their prep work and getting ready to travel.  Snowmachine helmets are heading towards teams to keep them safe, assignments are being submitted, parent meetings are happening, and packing has begun for travelers.  

This is an example of a culture bag from one of out teams out of Juneau.  These are three items t...

February 19, 2018

The Sister School Exchange program is an opportunity to create connections between urban and rural Alaska.  Teams of five students and a teacher become ambassadors representing their communities as they travel across the state.   It is mid February and many of the Sister School Exchange Teams are taking time to work through the lessons and activities found in the program’s curriculum.  The purpose of this curriculum is to help...

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