Mr. Sean Dusek, Superintendent of Schools

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March 2018

We are down to the final quarter of the 2017-18 school year!  While it has been another fast year in our school district we have already accomplished a lot in our classrooms.  I have seen students develop their critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity skills on a daily basis.  While a focus has been on the public demonstrations of these skills (art shows, public speaking, media, activities, etc.), the real work is happening in the classrooms regularly.  Our staff is committed to meet every student’s needs on a daily basis.  This is hard work, but every member of this district believes in the individual child and supports their efforts to learn and improve every day.

While much has been accomplished in the classroom, there is more to be done, especially outside the classroom.  We are poised to present a balanced budget for action by the School Board in April.  In turn, the Borough Assembly must fund that budget.  This year, both the Borough and the State anticipate deficit spending in order to make ends meet.  This is not new for the School District as we have spent nearly $5 million from savings over the last few years to smooth out our reduction efforts in order to not severely harm our education system.  I believe the solution to this problem of deficit spending is to have a long-term, sustainable fiscal plan at both the State and Borough level.  This will require tough decisions, but making tough decisions is what leaders do.  The School District is here to support our government leaders in making those tough decisions and to strongly advocate for our children.  We all know that cuts alone will not bring prosperity and a bright future for our communities.  We also know that using savings is a temporary solution.  We can no longer wait for the price of a barrel of oil to save the Alaskan economy.  Our students have one chance at an education.  It is up to our communities to make that chance the best opportunity possible for today’s students so that the next generation can continue to grow our state and communities when it is their turn to be leaders.

Sean Dusek, Superintendent   

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Personalized Learning in KPBSD
Personalized learning shifts from a one-size-fits-all factory model of education to better prepare students for the jobs and needs of their future. The design of instruction and the classroom allow educators to respond to the individual needs of students instead of expecting students to fit the current mold or adapt to unsuccessful learning structures. PL does not replace teachers with computers. Many of our teachers implement elements of PL in their classrooms right now, and we will now build on this foundation to create an even better learning environment. Key elements your child will experience include:   

  • Teachers integrate digital content, which allows for a differentiated path and pace based on individual student needs
  • Teachers use targeted instruction based on specific student needs and learning goals
  • Teachers use current and relevant data to help inform instructional decisions and groupings
  • Students engage in ongoing self-reflection that promotes ownership of their learning 

When will PL formally start in KPBSD schools?  

Every KPBSD school is doing some degree of work with personalized learning. However, the formal work of individual schools and teachers working directly toward personalized learning will be rolled out in three “waves” over the next year.   

  • Wave 1 schools began their work in spring 2017, and will continue in the fall of 2017.
  • Wave 2 schools will begin their formal work with Education Elements in the fall of 2017.
  • Wave 3 schools will begin their formal work with Education Elements in the spring of 2018. 

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