This forum features a presentation on the new Academies of Anchorage (AoA) program by Dr. Kersten Johnson, Senior Director, Secondary Teaching and Learning at the Anchorage School District. It will include a brief overview followed by a Q&A session that emphasizes a community-driven approach to the AoA program.
Dr. Jharrett Bryantt, Superintendent, Anchorage School District
Denise Runge, Provost, University of Alaska (via ZOOM)
Jenna Wright, President, AEDC
and Kathleen McArdle, President/CEO, Anchorage Chamber
PLUS, a short presentation from Stephanie McFadden on Alaska Public Media's Ready to Learn Program.
Education plays a vital role in preparing our students for the future. However, the landscape of the future has drastically changed for our students, including how we prepare our students for college and careers. For example, 70% of jobs in today’s job market require some sort of technical training. Flashback to 40 years ago and it was only about 20%. Big difference. Big change. It means ASD has to change and transform the way we prepare our students for their future as adults after high school.
Since 2021, ASD has been researching how to make the needed changes. The research zeroed in on revamping the high school experience. This led our team to the Ford Motor Company Fund and its program, Ford Next Generation Learning or Ford NGL. Ford NGL will support the Anchorage School District as we work extensively with the community to help prepare future scientists, inventors, public service employees, entrepreneurs, etc. It’s a mobilization of educators, employers, and community leaders to prepare the next generation workforce.
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