Light and Gratitude

By Dr. Lisa Parady, ACSA Executive Director  As the end of the school year draws near, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for the exceptional dedication you demonstrate every single day to enhance the success of our students. As education leaders, you understand that it is “Our Time” to lead. Despite the myriad challenges you encounter, your unwavering commitment …

Celebrating the success of your students

By Rick Dormer, AASSP President  Greetings, Alaskan admins! I hope this Spring is an enriching time for you as we all dig deep to close out this school year and solidify plans for the upcoming year. These are busy times for us all, with tasks piling up and the finish line in sight, but it’s still a few meters away. …

Our Time to Stand Up for Public Education in Alaska

By Dr. Roy Getchell, ACSA/ASA President  As a newly hired principal over 20 years ago, I was very excited (and nervous) to take the helm of a very good elementary school in Colorado Springs. My experience as an assistant principal was short, but my enthusiasm and desire were a launching pad for what became an incredible experience. The work was …

Landscape

By Josh Gill, AAESP President As we welcome the warmth and renewal of spring, it is a time for reflection, growth, and renewal in our roles as educational leaders. The past year has presented us with unprecedented challenges and opportunities, testing our resilience, adaptability, and dedication to serving the students and communities of Alaska. Amidst the evolving political landscape of …

Our Time for Unity, Resilience and Progress

By Jennifer Schmitz, ACSA PK-12 Principal Support  As another academic year draws to a close, it’s time to pause and reflect on our incredible journey together. This past year has been filled with challenges, uncertainties, and moments that tested everyone’s resolve. At times, it seemed like when we took a step forward, it was followed by two steps backward. Unfortunately, …

Our Time, Our Leadership

By Jennifer Rinaldi, AAESP Executive Director  As we come to the close of another school year, you are likely reflecting on both the challenges and the numerous successes that you and your team have celebrated. Many of you have shared your excitement for the coming year as you consider future plans. Within this excitement, there is a prevailing sentiment that …

Empowering Your Team: Co-Regulation and the Science of Thriving Schools

A Message from Our Partner – Brightways Learning  School leaders understand the profound impact educators have on student success. We also recognize that cultivating a truly enriching learning environment requires more than a robust curriculum and effective instructional strategies. The ability to navigate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors is equally indispensable for students and educators alike.  The Power of Co-Regulation This …

Our Time: Advocating for Alaska’s Education Future

By Lori Rucksdashel, AAESP President-Elect As Alaska school administrators, we find ourselves in a pivotal moment where leading, innovating, and demonstrating inventiveness in public education are no longer simply desirable qualities, but necessities. The theme of “Our Time” resonates deeply as we face the difficulties posed by a changing student body as well as the harsh reality of critical financial deficits and …

Creating a Fortifying Culture through Mindframes for Belonging, Identities, and Equity to Accelerate Student Learning

A Message from Our Partner – Corwin By Nicole Law and Sonja Hollins-Alexander When students cross the school gate, they do not leave their culture, sense of belonging, or identities behind. Schools create societies, sometimes mirroring and sometimes in contradiction to the society around them. When we walk into schools, we can often feel the energy, the passion, the care, …

Elevate Your Leadership Skills at ASLI

By Doug Gray, ASDN Professional Development Director As we near the end of the 2023-2024 school year, I’d like to remind our administrative teams about our upcoming event. I encourage school and district teams to join us at the 16th Annual Alaska School Leadership Institute (ASLI). ASLI is centered around Embracing the School Leader Paradigm, providing valuable discussions and planning …