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Technology Plans Certified

The following public libraries and school districts have had their

technology plans certified: Juneau Public Library, Matanuska-Susitna

Borough School District, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, North

Slope Borough School District, and the Aleutians East Borough School

District. Plans must be certified for schools and libraries to be eligible

for the Universal Service Fund's education rate (E-Rate) discount. The

certification committee is meeting weekly to consider plans. Please submit

nine copies of your plan to Karen Crane, Alaska State Library, P.O. Box

110571, Juneau, AK 99811-0571. For questions on the plan or any aspect of

the E-Rate, contact Della Matthis at or phone

269-6568 or Karen Crane at or phone 4645-2910.


Math Grants Available

Grants of up to $10,000 are available through the Toyota's Investment in

Mathematics Excellence (TIME) program. The program is a partnership between

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, and the Mathematics Education Trust (MET), a

foundation of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Applications are due January 9, 1998. To request an application, or for

more information, e-mail, or call toll-free



The Learning Channel to Rebroadcast Satellite Town Meetings

Viewers who can't watch the monthly live broadcast of the U.S. Department

of Education's Satellite Town Meeting can see it or tape it when the

program is rebroadcast on The Learning Channel (TLC), now available in more

than 70 million cable homes. The Learning Channel is an educational network

of Discovery Communications, one of the Satellite Town Meeting's

distribution partners. TLC offers programming about history, science, and

world culture, as well as commercial-free fare for pre-schoolers. To make

the program accessible for taping and later use, TLC will rebroadcast the

Satellite Town Meeting from 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Eastern time about five

weeks after the program airs live. For more information about Discovery or

The Learning Channel, call your local cable operator, or visit "Discovery

Channel School" on the World Wide Web at The

Learning Channel rebroadcast schedule is as follows: October 28, 1997:

"Back to School: Families and Communities Together for Learning"; November

25, 1997: "Preparing Classrooms for the Future: Ensur-ing Access to

Internet"; December 23, 1997: "Supporting Quality Teachers: A Talented

Teacher in Every Classroom"; February 24, 1998: "Serving Students with

Disabilities: What Families, Schools and Communities Need to Know"; March

24 1998: "Raising Student Achievement: Schools, Communities and Challenging

Standards"; April 21, 1998: "Think College Early: Preparing Academically

and Financially"; May 26, 1998: "Making Math Count: World-Class Achievement

Starting with Algebra"; June 23, 1998: "Reading Partners: Teaming Up to

Help All Children Read Well"; July 21, 1998: "Creating a Safe, Disciplined

and Drug-Free School: Turning Research into Practice". For more information

about the Satellite Town Meetings or to register your participation, call



Positions Open in Department of Education

Education Associate II - Located in Juneau. Open to Alaska Residents only.

This is a full time position. Closes 10/28/97.

Education Technology Specialist - Located in Juneau. Open to Alaska

Residents only. This is a full time position. Closes 10/28/97.

School Finance Specialist I - Located in Juneau. Open to Alaska Residents

only. This is a full time position. Closes 10/31/97.

For more information, visit the WorkPlace Alaska web site,


Request for Proposals Sought for Free Booths at COMTECH 98 Conference

In order to encourage increased participation by education and civic

non-profit organizations in COMTECH 98 conference and tradeshow, the Alaska

Committee is giving away two tradeshow booths. Requests for Proposals for

these booths must be postmarked by November 1, 1997. A final decision will

be made on or before November 15, 1997. The conference is being held

February 3-6, 1998, in Juneau, Alaska. COMTECH is Alaska's statewide

communications technology conference and tradeshow. For more information,

contact Susan Favro, conference coordinator, at 907-789-6345. More

information about the conference can be found on the World Wide Web at


1998 Mock Trial Championship to Take Place in Anchorage

The 1998 Alaska High School Mock Trial Championship, sponsored by the

Anchorage Bar Association, will be held in the Anchorage courthouse on

February 20-21, 1998. Through the Championship, students are given the

opportunity to interact directly with Alaska judges, lawyers, and other

legal practitioners who share their insights and experiences with the

school teams. The tournament style competition is designed to foster

cooperation in a competitive environment, and to help develop critical

thinking and oral advocacy skills. For more information, contact the

Anchorage Bar Association at PO Box 100844, Anchorage, Alaska 99510-0844,

or call 907-276-1592.