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  1. 1. Galena Rural Practicum 2009 Renee Moseng, Ann Stone, and Jon Estes
  2. 2. Community and Culture • Galena's original residents were Louden, a tribe of the Koyukon Athabascan people • The population of about 700 people is mixed Athabascan (64 percent) and non-Native (white, Latino, and Asian) • Galena serves as the transportation, government and commercial center for the western Interior • Federal, state, city, school and village government jobs dominate, but Galena has many other jobs in air transportation and retail businesses
  3. 3. Community and Culture • Other seasonal employment, such as construction work and BLM fire fighting, provide income as well • Subsistence food sources for residents include salmon, whitefish, moose and berries
  4. 4. Community and Culture • Galena was established in 1918 near an old Athabascan fish camp called Henry's Point and was a supply and shipping point for nearby lead ore mines • In 1920, Athabascans from Louden began moving to Galena to sell wood to steamboats and to work hauling freight for the mines • A school was created in the 1920s • In World War II, a military air field was built adjacent to the civilian airport
  5. 5. Community and Culture • During the 1950s, the the Air Force constructed additional military facilities at Galena and the nearby Campion Air Force Station, in support of Galena's mission as a forward operating base under the 5072nd Air Base Group, headquartered at Elmendorf Air Force Base • Improvements to the airport and the local infrastructure provided economic growth for the area
  6. 6. Community and Culture Galena supports • an Olympic sized • a rural campus of swimming pool University of Alaska Fairbanks • a modern dental and • a radio station (KIYU) health care facility • a restaurant • tribal offices for the Louden, and many tribal and youth organizations. Hobo’s Bar and Grill
  7. 7. Community and Culture Galena hosts several special events • the Iditarod Sled Dog • the Iron Dog Snow Race Machine Race • the Spring Carnival • the Yukon 800 boat race. • the Yukon Jamboree (fiddle music) local sled dogs
  8. 8. Sidney Huntington’s Great Idea • The Campion Air Force Station was phased out during the late 70's and early 80's and closed in 1993 • The idea for a boarding school in Galena came from the community, with the powerful backing of Sidney Huntington, a Athabascan elder respected throughout the state who served on the board of fish and game. • Mr. Huntington and others saw the closure of the Galena Air Base as an opportunity to use the facilities as a site for students living in rural Alaska to get the best possible education. • The school started in 1997 as Project Education Charter School with 40 students working on project-based education
  9. 9. • The school was renamed the Galena Interior Learning Academy (G.I.L.A.) and offers vocational training in automotive technology, aviation, cosmetology, and culinary arts joined to a rigorous academic curriculum, with 117 students • G.I.L.A. turned the Air Force buildings into classrooms, student facilities and residential living quarters • The entire base officially became the property of the school with a ceremony in September 2008
  10. 10. Map of G.I.L.A.
  11. 11. Galena Interior Learning Academy
  12. 12. Educational Culture • Galena School District promotes the PEAK philosophy • PEAK Learning Systems helps to make learning by all students a reality through enhanced student motivation, improved curriculum and assessment that is aligned with research supported brain compatible instruction • The students of G.I.L.A. and the Galena’s local high school, Sidney Huntington, attend classes at both locations • Bus transportation between the high school and the boarding school is provided by Waldo
  13. 13. Vocational Opportunities
  14. 14. Dorm life at G.I.L.A.
  15. 15. Pedagogy • G.I.L.A. is a public school that offers vocational opportunities that most rural high schools are unable to provide • G.I.L.A. host students from all parts of Alaska including major cities like Fairbanks and Anchorage • Renee says, “Wow, these kids will actually be able to get a good job right out of high school!” • Renee, Jon and Ann met a former G.I.L.A. aviation student as they boarded their Frontier Airlines flight • G.I.L.A. has an incredibly low dropout rate
  16. 16. Galena City School and SHHS
  17. 17. Pedagogy • Galena City Schools reflect the cultures of the students enrolled by offering Indian education programs, Koyukon studies and the Iditarod project • Interior Distance Education of Alaska is the homeschool support program of the Galena City School District since 1997. IDEA serves 3500 students • Galena is the “little district that could.” In 1999, the dropout rate was 56%. In year 2004, 85% residential students passed the state and national benchmarks and no students dropped out. • The school board, the city council and the tribal council were key players in this dramatic turnaround. This is when the PEAK program was implemented.
  18. 18. Pedagogy and PEAK • PEAK is based on six keys related the physical and emotional environment of a school; educational materials and assessment tools; instructional strategies, style and techniques • safety • success • love and belonging • freedom and independence • fun and enjoyment • valued purpose
  19. 19. Snapshots of Galena
  20. 20. Snapshots of Galena