Anchorage Realizing Indigenous Student Excellence (ARISE) is a community partnership in Anchorage that is committed to improving educational equity for Alaska Native students in the Anchorage School District (ASD), and supported by Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC). ARISE is committed to improving outcomes for Alaska Native students like kindergarten preparedness, reading and math proficiency, graduation, attendance, post-secondary training and ensuring that Alaska Native students know who they are, their culture, heritage and their role in the community. Our work is equally focused on ensuring that Alaska Native children have access to school and classroom environments that support their success. ARISE collects and analyzes data to track student success and access to opportunity and to identify barriers and gaps in services. We also employ community organizing to engage parents, grandparents and other caregivers of Alaska Native children and prepare them to be the effective and empowered advocates for their students, and we leverage our partnerships with parents and organizations to identify and address the challenges that keep children from succeeding. We strive to combine data collection, thoughtful communications, and community organizing to identify, clarify and connect around community challenges, and to develop agendas for change. We publish an annual report to our track progress on systems change and to share the work of our partners and community leaders.
The work of ARISE is currently focused on increasing the number of Alaska Native children who are prepared for kindergarten, and creating school climates that support Alaska Native student success. Our current needs include $45,000 to support the data collection necessary to measure progress for Alaska Native students in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years, and the costs of sharing that information with the community in the fall of 2017.