Upward Bound

Chevak High School Senior Mary Pingayak’s video about her Upward Bound experience at the University of Alaska Fairbanks this summer.

Thanks to a program called Upward Bound, rural Alaska high school students have more opportunities for a higher education. The goal of Upward Bound is to improve the graduation rates of high school students and increase the number of Upward Bound graduates who enter colleges and universities. Since many of the students come from parts of the state where connectivity is lacking, one of the most important things they learn through the program are the skills necessary to use technology and broadband to further their education. This video is a great example of how one student, Mary Pingayak from Chevak, Alaska is using what she learned in multimedia to help document her experience in the Upward Bound program while encouraging others to give it a try!

Sunny Break in Bethel

bethel1100The thermometer was still in the teens in Bethel but these hearty bush teachers didn’t seem to notice as they took a mid-morning spring break from their Talk Story, Write Story four-day creative writing workshop.

Bethel High School science teacher and Upward Bound Counselor Megan Shaw (left) posed with fellow workshop pals Jeanne Campbell, the Chevak High School English teacher and Upward Bound Counselor, and Chevak High School counselor Bob Gardner, in front of The Longhouse where Talk Story, Write Story workshops were held in a vast all-purpose room complete with dance floor and drum set.

Tad Bartimus and Dean Wariner will continue to mentor and support workshop participants through email and Skype sessions to help them implement their own Talk Story, Write Story units created for their high school students.

Creativity in Ketchikan

councelors-1100High School English teachers and counselors from Metlakatla and Ketchikan deep in creative talk and thought during a Talk Story, Write Story workshop led by Tad Bartimus and Dean Wariner at Cape Fox Lodge in Ketchikan.

Intensive morning and afternoon creative writing sessions in a lodge conference room featuring a glorious glass wall-view of Ketchikan, the harbor and mountains inspired lively discussions, sparked innovative ideas, and built supportive professional bonds. Nights are free.

Talk Story, Write Story is all about helping great teachers spend four full days focused on their own critical thinking and personal essay writing. Assigned topics require them to dig deep to express themselves the way they will have to inspire and lead their students to write their way into colleges of their choice and win scholarship awards to pay for their education dreams.