The University of Alaska Fairbanks has won a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support Alaska Native language programs for teachers earning higher degrees.
UAF officials say the money will fund a three-year project to boost computer-assisted language learning programs and graduate education for kindergarten-to-12th grade teachers.
The project aims to support Native language programs in rural Alaska by graduating more Alaska Native teachers with doctoral and master’s degrees.
UAF officials say 24 participating teachers to be selected will be assigned to one of four groups that include a faculty member to work on improving the teaching of Native languages and students with limited proficiency in English.
The program aims to help teachers to become certified in such fields as bilingual programs.
This story has been updated to include more details