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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[CFDA No. 84.356A]

Alaska Native Education Program

AGENCY: Department of Education.
ACTION: Purpose of Program:To meet the unique educational needs of Alaska Natives and to support the development of supplemental educational programs to benefit Alaska Natives.

Permissible Activities:Activities may include the following: (1) The development and implementation of plans, methods, and strategies to improve the education of Alaska Natives; (2) the development of curricula and educational programs that address the educational needs of Alaska Native students; (3) professional development activities for prospective or current educators of Alaska Native students; (4) 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; (5) family literacy services; (6) the development and operation of student enrichment programs in science and mathematics; (7) research and data collection activities to determine the educational status and needs of Alaska Native children and adults; (8) other research and evaluation activities related to the purposes of this program; (9) remedial and enrichment programs to assist Alaska Native students in performing at a high level on standardized tests; (10) education and training of Alaska Native students enrolled in a degree program that will lead to certification or licensing as teachers; (11) 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; (12) activities carried out through Even Start programs carried out under subpart 3 of part B of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, and Head Start programs carried out under the Head Start Act, including the training of teachers; (13) other early learning and preschool programs; (14) dropout prevention programs such as the Cook Inlet Tribal Council's Partners for Success program; (15) 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; (16) 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; and (17) other activities, consistent with the purposes of the Alaska Native Education Programs, to meet the educational needs of Alaska Native children and adults.

Eligible Applicants: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 the program. A State educational agency or local educational agency may apply for an award under this program only as part of a consortium involving an Alaska Native organization. The consortium may include other eligible applicants.

Applications Available:April 1, 2002.

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications:May 16, 2002.

Estimated Available Funds:$10.2 million, including not less than $1 million for parenting education programs and not less than $2 million for dropout prevention programs (see PRIORITIESsection in this notice).

Estimated Range of Awards:$500,000--$2,000,000.

Estimated Number of Awards:16.

Program Authority:Pub. L. No. 107-110.
Dated: March 26, 2002. Susan B. Neuman, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.