Sealaska Heritage



Juneau, August 1-3, 2018

(Keynote Speakers) (Travel Scholarships) (Flyer) (Contact) (Interview w/ SHI Education Staff)

Print flyerSealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor its second education conference for teachers and administrators in an effort to promote culturally responsive pedagogy in schools. The conference is part of SHI’s Thru the Cultural Lens program, which sponsors cultural orientations for educators in the Juneau School District. 

Research has shown the effectiveness of using culture- and place-based teaching resources and methods to improve academic achievement for Indigenous students. Studies over the past three decades have shown that Native language and culturally-responsive programs are associated with improved academic performance, decreased dropout rates and improved school attendance.

SHI’s first cultural education conference was held in 2017 and drew about 140 educators from as far away as Nome and Fairbanks. Read a blog about our 2017 conference: (Day 1) (Day 2) (Day 3)

Who Should Attend

Educators, administrators, teachers, para-educators, early childhood educators and providers, teachers in training, Head Start staff, school board members, currently enrolled UAS PITAAS and MAT students, and anyone working with children in an educational setting. 

Breakout Session Proposals

Sealaska Heritage will feature breakout sessions on the following topics:

  • Culturally Responsive Education and Place-Based Pedagogy
  • Early Childhood CRE Practices
  • Equity in Education


The deadline to register has passed. Admission to breakout sessions will be prioritized by earliest registrants and be dependent on available space.


Juneau-Douglas High School
1639 Glacier Avenue
Juneau, AK 99801  

Travel Scholarships

Travel and lodging scholarships are available for educators from our partner schools in Hydaburg, Klawock, Angoon and Hoonah. 


The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel (formerly the Goldbelt Hotel) has a block of rooms reserved for conference attendees. Mention the conference, and they will give you a discount. Call 907-586-6900. Group rate available until June 30, 2018. Subject to availability.

Four Points by Sheraton
51 Egan Drive
Juneau, AK 99801

Please note there is no airport transportation provided by the hotel. 

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Christopher Blodgett
Blodgett is a Washington State University faculty member and a licensed clinical psychologist. He has been the principal investigator for more than three dozen federal and national foundation grants addressing high-risk children and families. He is the director of the CLEAR Trauma Center at WSU. Trauma informed schools’ work in the CLEAR model now includes multiple schools in Washington, Oregon, and California.

Zaretta Hammond 
Hammond is a national education consultant and author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. She is a former English teacher and has been doing consulting and professional development around equity, literacy, and culturally responsive teaching for the past 21 years.

Dr. Randall B. Lindsey
A professor emeritus of educational leadership at the California State University–Los Angeles, Lindsey has focused his time on the importance of diversity. He does so by working with colleagues to design programs for schools, city-wide agencies, and organizations. He is the author of Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders.

The Rev. Michael Oleksa
Dr. Oleksa is a storyteller who seeks to foster greater understanding across boundaries of race and culture. He is a leader in the development of cross-cultural education in Alaska, an educator of Alaskan teachers, and a student of Alaska Native languages and cultures. His book, Another Culture/Another World explores the great diversity and common humanity of Alaska's cultural mosaic. 


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Listen to Education Director Kevin Shipley and Deputy Education Director Phyllis Carlson talk about the conference.