(1) Grants and contracts
The Secretary is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts with, Alaska Native organizations, educational entities with experience in developing or operating Alaska Native programs or programs of instruction conducted in Alaska Native languages, cultural and community-based organizations with experience in developing or operating programs to benefit Alaska Natives, and consortia of organizations and entities described in this paragraph to carry out programs that meet the purposes of this part.
(2) Permissible activitiesActivities provided through programs carried out under this part may include the following:
The development and implementation of plans, methods, and strategies to improve the education of Alaska Natives.
(B) The development of curricula and educational programs that address the educational needs of Alaska Native students, including the following:
Curriculum materials that reflect the cultural diversity or the contributions of Alaska Natives.
Instructional programs that make use of Native Alaskan languages.
Networks that introduce successful programs, materials, and techniques to urban and rural schools.
(C) Professional development activities for educators, including the following:
Programs to prepare teachers to address the cultural diversity and unique needs of Alaska Native students.
In-service programs to improve the ability of teachers to meet the unique needs of Alaska Native students.
Recruitment and preparation of teachers who are Alaska Native, reside in communities with high concentrations of Alaska Native students, or are likely to succeed as teachers in isolated, rural communities and engage in cross-cultural instruction in Alaska.
The development and operation of home instruction programs for Alaska Native preschool children, to ensure the active involvement of parents in their children’s education from the earliest ages.
Family literacy services.
(F) The development and operation of student enrichment programs in science and mathematics that—
are designed to prepare Alaska Native students from rural areas, who are preparing to enter secondary school, to excel in science and math;
provide appropriate support services to the families of such students that are needed to enable such students to benefit from the programs; and
may include activities that recognize and support the unique cultural and educational needs of Alaska Native children, and incorporate appropriately qualified Alaska Native elders and seniors.
Research and data collection activities to determine the educational status and needs of Alaska Native children and adults.
Other research and evaluation activities related to programs carried out under this part.
Remedial and enrichment programs to assist Alaska Native students in performing at a high level on standardized tests.
Education and training of Alaska Native students enrolled in a degree program that will lead to certification or licensing as teachers.
Parenting education for parents and caregivers of Alaska Native children to improve parenting and caregiving skills (including skills relating to discipline and cognitive development), including parenting education provided through in-home visitation of new mothers.
Cultural education programs operated by the Alaska Native Heritage Center and designed to share the Alaska Native culture with students.
A cultural exchange program operated by the Alaska Humanities Forum and designed to share Alaska Native culture with urban students in a rural setting, which shall be known as the Rose Cultural Exchange Program.
Activities carried out through Even Start programs carried out under subpart 3 of part B of subchapter I of this chapter and Head Start programs carried out under the Head Start Act [42 U.S.C. 9831
et seq.], including the training of teachers for programs described in this subparagraph.
Other early learning and preschool programs.
Dropout prevention programs operated by the Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Partners for Success program.
An Alaska Initiative for Community Engagement program.
Career preparation activities to enable Alaska Native children and adults to prepare for meaningful employment, including programs providing tech-prep, mentoring, training, and apprenticeship activities.
Provision of operational support and purchasing of equipment, to develop regional vocational schools in rural areas of Alaska, including boarding schools, for Alaska Native students in grades 9 through 12, or at higher levels of education, to provide the students with necessary resources to prepare for skilled employment opportunities.
Other activities, consistent with the purposes of this part, to meet the educational needs of Alaska Native children and adults.
(3) Home instruction programsHome instruction programs for Alaska Native preschool children carried out under paragraph (2)(D) may include the following:
Programs for parents and their infants, from the prenatal period of the infant through age 3.
Training, education, and support for parents in such areas as reading readiness, observation, story telling, and critical thinking.