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Summer Program Schedule


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Math and Culture Academy


Learn about math through Native art!
SHI will bring together about 50 students from Angoon, Hoonah, Klukwan, Hydaburg and Juneau for 10 days to enhance their math skills through traditional cultural ways of knowing. The academy will be held at the University of Alaska Southeast from June 19-29, 2015.

Travel, food, and accommodations will be provided at no cost to the participants. All students will stay on campus with chaperones. If a school district employee or parent is interested in being a chaperone please let us know. Please share information with your middle schools students about the Summer Math and Culture Academy.

For more information, contact Jackie Kookesh at or 907.586.9229

More about the program
Sealaska Heritage Institute is sponsoring a three-year program for middle-school students to increase interest and academic achievement in math. The program, "Opening the Gate: The Southeast Middle School Math and Culture Project," will include culture-based math camps where Native art practices, such as basketry, weaving and canoe making, will be used to teach math.

Through the project, SHI will increase knowledge of teachers in Tlingit cultural traditions, protocols and art as they affect mathematical learning.

SHI will also produce, field test and disseminate a series of supplemental math resources that incorporate tlingit culture and language geared for beginning algebra and geometry courses.

SHI is building the model for use in Southeast Alaska by adapting nationally recognized, successful math programs developed by other organizations outside the region.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Alaska Native Education Program, #S356A120051

For more information, contact Jackie Kookesh at or 907.586.9229