Sealaska Heritage

NEWS_SHI to sponsor cultural orientation series for educators

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March 22, 2017

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Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is recruiting teachers and educators in Juneau for its 2017 cultural orientation program.

The program, Thru the Cultural Lens, is a cultural-connectedness project for educators and pays a stipend to participants who complete all of the requirements. Participants also have the option to earn a professional development credit.

“Research has shown that Native culturally-responsive programs are associated with improved academic performance, decreased dropout rates and improved school attendance,” said SHI President Rosita Worl. “The more that teachers understand the Native worldview, the better they are able to serve our children.”

The program will offer 50 hours of cultural orientation for 20 participants through five seminars in August, September, October and November. Attendees also will be required to participate in SHI’s Culturally Responsive Education Conference from June 1-3.

Educators may register at For more information, contact Education Director Jackie Kookesh at 586-9229 or This program is funded by Sealaska Heritage Institute and the U.S. Dept. of Education Alaska Native Education Program.

Sealaska Heritage is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. SHI also conducts social scientific and public policy research and advocacy that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars and a Native Artists Committee. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.

CONTACT: Rosita Worl, SHI President, 463-4844