LISTEN: How are school districts planning to support students this summer?

A female teacher points to a word projected on a white board in a classroom with three students sitting a tables facing the front of the classroom
Aurora Elementary teacher Brianna Lundberg helps second graders sound out words during the after school tutoring program in Anchorage on October 23, 2020. (Mayowa Aina/Alaska Public Media)

Across the state, school districts have worked hard to piece together in-person and distance learning curriculum for students as the COVID-19 pandemic seriously disrupted education. Some students fared okay, while others have struggled. Some have not engaged much at all. What are the plans for summer school to help students stay on track?

HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Ralph Watkins, Superintendent, Hoonah City Schools
  • Mark Stock, Deputy Superintendent, Anchorage School District
  • Katherine Ellsworth, Director of Federal Programs, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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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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