The purpose of our Category II Native Language Planning Project is to develop early childhood Kodiak Alutiiq language curriculum that reflects the Kodiak Sugpiaq/Alutiiq communities we serve, for use within our community?s education programs and schools. Our long-term goal is to increase the number of young Alutiiq speakers, therefore our project will increase access to Alutiiq language through curriculum and instructional resources, resulting in 4 organizations using the new Kodiak Alutiiq curriculum in their classes, serving approximately 75 enrolled students. Our project directly responds to ANA Priority II goals as a project to ?plan, design and test curriculum for students, parents and language instructors.?
Directly addressing Kodiak Sugpiaq/Alutiiq community demonstrated need for Alutiiq language preschool through 5th grade curriculum, we have designed our one-year planning project to produce a series of 40 language curriculum units, and 10 accompanying 2.5? x 4? picture booklets. We will be able to accomplish this huge feat in one year by using an established curriculum created by our neighboring Chugach Sugpiaq/Alutiiq, through a Memorandum of Agreement to translate their materials.
We have identified five Performance Indicators to measure project success:
1. Number of partnerships formed and maintained (Target: 24).
2. Dollars leveraged beyond the required ANA match (Target: 5%).
3. Total pages of curriculum edited & translated (Target: 400 pp.).
4. Number of copies distributed to partners (Target: 1600).
5. Number of students in classes using the curriculum (Target: 75).
We anticipate our project will potentially serve 300 Alaska Native students, ages 3 through 12, in the Kodiak archipelago. There are 528 Alaska Native students in the Kodiak Island Borough School District, with approximately 258 of those in K-5 grades. We also estimate an additional 42 preschool age Alaska Native children will benefit from the project results in the short term. However, the curriculum we produce will be usable for many years to come, serving far greater numbers in the future. From among these 300 students, we will be successful in our project if at project completion there are 75 enrolled students in programs or classes using our curriculum resources.