May 11, 2015
This month will mark an important milestone in the lives of thousands of students in the Anchorage School District. More than 2,600 young adults will receive their diplomas over the next few weeks. It’s a moment in time that highlights many years of hard work and dedication. It’s a celebration of achievement in education, and in life.
As I prepare to personally congratulate our graduates as they cross the stage during their graduation ceremonies, I reflect on how they got to where they are today. Every one of these student has their own story. As superintendent, I feel very fortunate to have crossed paths and made connections with many of them.
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I’ve had the opportunity to meet them at school events or perhaps they were my students when I was principal at Kasuun and Rogers Park elementary schools. It’s great to see them again and to be a part of their celebration of success.
This year’s graduates have already accomplished amazing things in their lives. I’d like to share just a few examples of who I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about.
The thousands of stories of these students nspire me every day. The accomplishments that our young people have already made are remarkable. It makes me proud to call Anchorage my home knowing that our community has supported these students and helped them succeed, so that one day soon, they will lead our community and help the next generation of students accomplish important milestones in their lives.
Please join me in congratulating the successes of the Class of 2015 as well as all of our other students through the Class of 2027 – this year’s kindergarteners. I believe they each will accomplish great things in their lives. Graduation is only one of many milestones to come.
Visiting Mountain View Elementary
Welcoming the future class of 2027
Congratulating the class of 2014
Getting a snapshot of East High School.
Improving student attendance
A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. There is a direct correlation between students who attend school regularly and higher academic achievement levels. In order to reach our Destination 2020 goal on attendance, students can miss no more than 17 days of school per year. This may seem like a lot, but it's less than two absences per month. Learn more »
Parents play a critical role in the education of their children. Parental involvement in its various forms positively impacts student achievement. The Anchorage School District is committed to continuing strong partnerships with parents in the education of their children. Learn more »
Ed takes over Instagram!
Superintendent Ed Graff hosted the @iloveanchorage Instagram account at the end of April. The account, managed by the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, is hosted weekly by different community members who want to show how they live, work and play in the Anchorage area. See posts »
Attendance matters every day, all day. Watch the video then Download the Attendance Matters flier
The district's Multicultural Education Concerns Advisory Committee (MECAC) works to ensure equity for ally students by providing input directly to the Superintendent on relevant issues that impact student achievement, including parent involvement, community relations, curriculum adoption and implementation, cultural competence, and equity and other instructional concerns. MECAC »
Destination 2020 is the district’s comprehensive, multi-year plan to increase student achievement. The plan focuses on improving the performance of every child to ensure at least one year’s academic growth each year. Destination 2020 is built on the district's mission, vision and core values as outlined by the school board. Destination 2020 »
Ed Graff was appointed superintendent of the Anchorage School District on March 18, 2013.
Mr. Graff began his teaching career in 1991 at Gladys Wood Elementary School. Nine years later, he became an elementary school principal in the district. In 2008, Mr. Graff was named executive director of Elementary Education. The following year, he became the Chief Academic Officer, a position formerly referred to as assistant superintendent for instruction. A graduate in Elementary Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Mr. Graff holds a Master's Degree in Education Administration from University of Southern Mississippi. He has post-masters coursework in curriculum, educational leadership and instruction. Mr. Graff has served on several boards and professional organizations, including Junior Achievement, School Business Partnerships and Alaska Learning Network.
Originally from Minnesota, he has lived in several Alaska towns and villages, including Hooper Bay and Savoonga. He is married to Michelle Prince, an ASD elementary school principal. They have one son.
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