Kodiak Multicultural Arts Institute

Liitukut Lllringurmi:  We are learning together in one place

Kodiak, Alaska
July 29 – August 2, 2019
8:30 — 5:00
3 credits available

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Multicultural education is an educational philosophy that focuses on recognizing diversity, uniqueness and the importance of incorporating techniques and materials that make the classroom a more aware and welcoming learning environment.  During this 5-day event, participants will use the arts as a venue through which to recognize and understand our own culture first and throughout the week consider and apply ways that we can transform classrooms in positive ways.

Each day will start with a multicultural education based plenary session and be followed by arts and culture sessions designed to demonstrate concepts through hands-on activities.

Credits will be offered through Kodiak College, affiliated with the University of Alaska Anchorage.  We are applying for this course to fulfill the multicultural requirement and will confirm here once we are sure.

The venue for the daily sessions will be in a school in Kodiak and those from out of town are welcome to bring their sleeping pads and bags, and sleep in the school.  A kitchen and showers will be available as well.

There may be a welcoming dinner/orientation on May 28th, Sunday night.

Intended Audience:  Any educators

Registration and fees:

All participants should register through the link below. (If not attending please advise 1 month in advance or forfeit deposit.  Thank you.)

  • Member District Teachers             $250
  • Non-member District Teachers         $350

Teacher-leaders for this Institute are:

Helen Mongan-Rallis, PhD.  Multicultural Education

Helen Mongan-Rallis is an Associate Professor in the Education Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) and a University of Minnesota Distinguished Teaching Professor.  She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University, and her Masters in Geography from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. She completed her undergraduate degree in geography and physical education at Rhodes University in South Africa. Originally from South Africa, Dr. Mongan-Rallis has lived in the USA for 33 years, 29 of these in Duluth teaching at UMD. Her experiences in education under the apartheid system in South Africa led her to develop a lifelong passion for seeking ways in which education could empower and help all students learn. As a result, she has become increasingly engaged both in intercultural pedagogy and educational technology,  seeing each field as central to teaching our increasingly diverse student population.

Jan Abramowitz, PhD.  Movement

Jan Abramowitz is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Portland State University.  Among his many courses he currently teaches Arts Integration Methods for the Inclusive Elementary Educator Program, is a consultant and provides professional development for the Portland Public School Motor Development Team (a SPED program), has presented recently on Culturally Relevant Teaching and has worked for the Alaska Arts Education Consortium many time.

Shelley Toon Lindbergh

Shelley is a practicing visual artist and teaching artist, specializing in arts integration and community arts.  She has an extensive background in working with both students and teachers and has worked as a teacher-leader for AAEC many times before.  As Shelley said, “While I am not a cultural specialist, much of my work is rooted in intercultural understanding; working closely with tribal organizations, elders, school districts and nonprofit arts organizations to reinforce cultural values, especially in the area of language preservation.  I have spent many weeks teaching in villages and native immersion schools in both Alaska and Hawaii through which she has gained a deep understanding of the unique beauty and challenges of village life and the experiences of both students and teachers in these settings.

Hannah Sholl, Teacher-leader Apprentice

Hannah is Alutiq and has spent past 10 years in the Alutiq arts community learning and growing as an artist in a variety of subjects.  She says, “I have a joy for specifically teaching how Alutiq arts and culture can be integrated in a respectful manner into everyday life as well as arts and classrooms.”   Hannah has been working as a professional artist in the Kodiak community since 2008 and has studied under and alongside many Alaska Native, Alutiiq and Alaskan artists. She is a multimedia artist who works in a variety of subjects, focusing her art around Alutiiq culture and social issues.

This institute is supported by the Alaska Arts Education Consortium and Kodiak Island Borough School District.

If you have questions about the Institute, please email barbshort@gmail.com

  • Kodiak Multicultural Arts Institute
     July 29, 2019 - August 2, 2019
     8:15 am - 4:30 pm
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