Gov. Sean Parnell, in a letter to the State Board of Education and Early Development, expressed hope that the board will adopt higher professional content and performance standards for teachers and principals. The governor encouraged the board to set the bar higher in tying teacher evaluations to student learning. His letter also proposes dropping certain outdated and unnecessary testing of Alaska children.
Parnell sent a simultaneous letter to parent-teacher associations and other organizations in the state, encouraging support for performance-based teacher evaluations. The proposal will be discussed at the Board of Education meeting on Dec. 6-7. Public comments will be taken until 4 p.m., Friday.
The public is invited to Islands and Ocean for the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust Annual Membership meeting and elections. Voting starts at 5 p.m., followed by a talk about what KHLT has been doing this past year. It will also provide an opportunity to meet staff and board members in person.
A special presentation by Audubon Alaska and the Land Trust entitled, “Local Conservation, Global Impact: How Birds Tie Alaska to the World” will begin at 7 p.m. For more info, call 235-5263.
Ariel Van Cleave has been hired as the new reporter and host of “Morning Edition” for KBBI and KDLL. Van Cleave holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield. She has worked covering state government in Springfield for the Illinois Radio Network and as a reporter/host in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Van Cleave came to Alaska earlier this year to work at KDLG in Dillingham for the summer. There, she hosted “Morning Edition” and contributed reporting on the fishing industry. She expects to arrive in Homer and begin work in mid December.
Van Cleave replaces Marcia Lynn, host of “Morning Edition” at KBBI for more than three years. Lynn left earlier this month, to take a position with the Pratt Museum.
Next Tuesday, teens 12-18 are encouraged to join chef, Kathy Kysar, new owner of Fresh Sourdough Express, for a hands-on holiday baking extravaganza.
This unique FORK Club opportunity will allow youth to explore the career field of culinary arts and pick up skills to create baked goods at home. Each participating teen will leave with a plate of samplers to give as a gift or enjoy with family.
Sign up this week at the R.E.C. Room by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 235-6736, or by stopping in Mon- Fri, 3-6 p.m.
The class is free, but youth need to set up rides to be dropped off at Fresh Sourdough Express at 3:30 p.m. and be picked up there at 7:30 p.m. If no ride is provided, a permission slip that will allow R.E.C. Room staff to provide youth with transportation is needed. Class is limited to the first 15 teens who sign up.
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