LISTEN: Not every student in Alaska has access to reliable internet. How are officials handling distance education in rural Alaska?

(Airn Carl/KYUK)

School is underway across the state, but it’s a wide-ranging mix of in-person and distance learning for students. How will rural students access course materials in areas with little or no broadband? What was learned from the disruption of sudden school closures in the spring that can help keep students engaged and learning this fall? And how will teachers build relationships with students that can’t log on?

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Karen Melin, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Education and Early Development
  • Kimberly Hankins, Superintendent, Lower Kuskokwim School District
  • Michael Johnson, Commissioner, Department of Education and Early Development


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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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