Alaska School Leadership Institute 2012

Anchorage, Alaska
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Alaska School Leadership Institute 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - Friday, June 01, 2012

Captain Cook Hotel
939 W. 5th Ave.
Corner of 4th Ave. and "K" Street
Anchorage, Alaska
United States

Rural Alaska Principal Preparation and Support (RAPPS)
Leading and Supporting Change for School and District Leaders
Pre-Conference May 29
Conference May 30-June 1, 2012

Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage

Alaska School Leadership Institute Purpose
To build school and district leadership capacity using strategies, processes, tools and protocols for leading and supporting change.

ASLI 2012 will build on previous institute themes around collaboration and professional learning; using data to drive improvement; and aligning curriculum, instruction and assessment practices. 

Our institute design will complement this content by focusing on new themes featuring:  what actions leaders take to transform their organizations, how leaders help their organizations survive and thrive when leading change, and when leaders decide to exercise authority and/or influence to initiate and sustain change.  These new themes emerged from the ASLI 2011 evaluation results and the planning consultations convened with district leaders in 2011-2012.

In addition ASLI 2012 will continue to use role-alike Home Groups to encourage networking and engage participants in discussions of problems of practice through Critical Friends Conversations.  The institute schedule will also integrate daily District Team Time.  Finally Alaskan school and district leaders will share their emerging best practices highlighting a series of nominated projects that were identified through our 2012 Festival of Ideas process.

Schedule at a Glance


  • Pre-Conference Sectionals:  8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Opening Reception:  5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Opening Session:  5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • Conference: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Lunch will be provided at the conference.
Pre Conference Activities
Pre-conference workshops will take place on May 29.  New attendees for ASLI 2012 are required to attend a day-long institute orientation in the Endeavor Room from 8:30 - 2:15.  In addition, a number of voluntary half-day workshops will be offered as pre-conference activities:

UAA-RAPPS Alaskan Case Studies
Susan Garton - UAA  (Quadrant Room - 8:30 - 11:30)
The RAPPS program has resulted in a library of Alaska-based case studies, some of which will be showcased and debriefed in this session.  Learn why Alaskan case studies were developed, explore the case studies and discuss how best to use the case studies in your district.

Alaska Learning Standards 
Gary Whiteley and Julia Payne-Lewis (Adventure Room - 8:30 - 11:30)
This session will focus on how school leaders can anticipate and prepare for the impact of the implementation of the new Alaska Standards on both classroom instruction, and assessment. The increased emphasis in the new Alaska Standards on critical thinking, as well as process versus product will require a shift in thinking for students, teachers, parents, and school leaders. We will provide time for discussion, and strategies for approaching implementation.

Making Alaska STEPP Work for You 
Elizabeth David and Angie Love - EED (Quadrant Room - 12:15 - 3:00)
This session will provide concrete strategies focused on using Alaska STEPP as a management tool for comprehensive school improvement planning and implementation. We will go beyond the basics of using STEPP by exploring possible ways that leaders can use STEPP to bring coherency to the complex work of school improvement.

Implementing RTI in Rural Alaska 
Lexie Domaradzki and Gary Whiteley (Adventure Room - 12:15 - 3:00)
This session will focus on leading an system that includes strong core instruction for all students, collaborative meetings, as well as thoughtfully designed intervention support for those who need additional time, practice and instruction.  Using real Alaskan scenarios and student data, we will discuss practical steps in implementation as well as potential pitfalls and cautions when serving students within the RTI system in rural communities.

Developing FOI Proposals for 2013
Al Bertani (Voyager Room - 12:15 - 3:00)
Developing Festival of Ideas Proposals for 2013
Join us for one of these 75 minute sessions specifically designed to encourage ASLI participants to develop FOI proposals looking ahead to 2013.  During this session you will:  learn how the FOI process works; review examples of previous FOI projects; and discuss hints and tips about how to develop an FOI proposal.  Use this session to explore how you, your school, or your district can help contribute to building an archive of promising practices for rural schools and districts across Alaska.


Core participants for the 2011 ASLI will include: practicing principals, principal/teachers, teacher leaders, central office staff, and superintendents from RAPPS partner school districts.
In addition, Aspiring Principals from the University of Alaska Anchorage program will join us across the entire institute.  Lastly representatives from our partner organizations will also join us - Alaska Staff Development Network, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, University of Alaska Anchorage Educational Leadership Program, and Alaska Administrator Coaching Project.

Hotel reservations

Reservations at the Captain Cook are available at the conference rate of $181 per night.

University Credit
One-500 level professional development credit will be available.  Participants must attend all sessions and submit a Festival of Ideas proposal to receive the credit.


Contact Information

  • Kathy Blanc
    Phone: 907-364-3801

Payment Instructions

  • This institute is for RAPPS Districts and NSBSD only.
    • There is no fee to attend. 
    • You must register online at this website.
    • Participants must reserve their own rooms at the Captain Cook Hotel. The room rate is $181 per night. Additional Rooms are also available at the Sheraton for the same rate.
    • Make your reservation ASAP.  A limited number of rooms are available at this rate,  book your hotel now to ensure that you receive the lowest rate.  School districts are responsible for all lodging costs.
    • Phone Reservations:  Call 800-843-1950 and ask for the "Alaska School Leadership Institute" or RAPPS.
    • Online Reservations:  Click here  or
    • 1) Go to

      2) Click on Reservations tab

      3) Click on “Click Here to Enter Special Codes”

      4) Enter your Group Code:  RAPS12

      5) Choose your dates and book the conference rate

    RAPPS Districts

    Alaska Gateway, Bering Strait, Chatham Region, Iditarod Area, Kake City, Kashunamiut, Klawock City, Kuspuk, Lake And Peninsula, Lower Kuskokwim, Lower Yukon, Northwest Arctic, Southwest Region, St. Marys City, Yukon Flats, Yukon Koyukuk, and Yupiit.

    North Slope is not a RAPPS District, but they participate in the school leadership institutes.