From the desk of the

August 17, 2015

Welcome back for another great year!

In a few days, we’ll welcome students back to school. We are excited to see new students and familiar faces and we look forward to the opportunities that this year will bring.


Anchorage is a great city with much to offer those of us who choose to live, work, play and raise families here. Our community supports public education and recognizes its value. More than 600 community partners generously offer their support to our students, teachers and our schools. These partners are made up of large corporations, family-owned businesses, nonprofit organizations and military units. Within each of them are the individuals who give their time and forge personal connections in our schools. For example, on August 18, community members will chalk positive and inspirational messages for students to see the following morning when they arrive for the first day of school.

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Parents are a huge part of our community engagement. Whether volunteering in a classroom, assisting their child with homework or sharing their child’s school successes with a neighbor or family friend, these examples all promote positive community engagement in our city.

The start of each school year always brings eagerness and anticipation for what’s to come. This year is particularly meaningful for me because my son is starting kindergarten. This is a big milestone and I share the same pride and excitement felt by parents that comes with the beginning of a new school year.

Thank you for your continued support and I wish you a great back-to-school season!


Ed Graff

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Superintendent Ed Graff


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Ed Graff



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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Parent engagement

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.


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MECAC Committee

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.





Superintendent's letter, June 7, 2015

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Destination 2020

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.


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