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ASD Launches New Third Grade Social Studies Curriculum at Alaska Native Heritage Center

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Alaska Native Heritage Center volunteer dancer Ashlyn Augustine performs an opening ceremonial Yupik dance during the Nest Egg celebration event at the Alaska Native Heritage Center on June 7, 2021. The Nest Egg is a new third grade Alaska studies curriculum from ASD that gives an authentic voice to Alaska Native History and will be introduced for the 2021-2022 school year. (Louis Velasco/ASD)

 

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Alaska Native Heritage Center Executive Director Emily Edenshaw shares opening remarks during the Nest Egg celebration event at the Alaska Native Heritage Center on June 7, 2021. The new curriculum blends and elevates the experiences, legacies and contributions of various Indigenous tribes of Alaska and various places in Alaska's history. "Our culture is vibrant, strong, and living and breathing today. This is monumental and a step in the right direction," she said. (Louis Velasco/ASD)

 

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ASD Title VI Indian Education Senior Director Doreen Brown speaks to the audience during The Nest Egg celebration at the Alaska Native Heritage Center on June 7, 2021. Brown shared her favorite memories during the three-year journey. "My favorite part was the collaboratio with tribal members, friends, cultural consultants, design team, and ASD third grade teachers. It wasn't always perfect, but we did great and I'm proud," she said. (Louis Velasco/ASD)

 

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ASD K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator Jennifer Romer talks about her experience on The Nest Egg project during its celebration event at the Alaska Native Heritage Center on June 7, 2021. The Nest Egg weaves a story with history, following the Alaska Standards of Culturally Responsive Schools and the College, Career & Civic Life C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards. "This project has been a labor of love," she said. (Louis Velasco/ASD)

 

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ASD Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop offers closing remarks during The Nest Egg celebration at the Alaska Native Heritage Center on June 7, 2021. Bishop shared that The Nest Egg is a true representation of Alaska Natives and is culturally responsive education. "We've worked tirelessly over three years and it's my hope that this curriculum changes lives," she said.