Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire File                                 Amy Gulick talks about her book, “The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind,” in May.

Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire File Amy Gulick talks about her book, “The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind,” in May.

Author talks salmon, education conference approaches and more

News briefs for the week of Feb. 27, 2020.

Salmon author presents at the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum

The Alaska State Library will host Amy Gulick, author and photographer of “The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind,” at 5:30 p.m. March 4 at the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum, 395 Whittier St.

Gulick traveled throughout Alaska to explore the web of human relationships that revolve around wild salmon. Commercial fishermen took her on as crew, Alaska Native families taught her the art of preserving fish and culture, and sport fishing guides showed her where to cast her line as well as her mind. Alaskans everywhere shared their salmon riches with her in their kitchens, cabins and fish camps. Her new book is a portrayal of people connected to each other through the fish that define their lives. Following the presentation, there will be light refreshments and a book signing at the Store at the APK.

Anyone with a disability who needs accommodation for events hosted by the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum can contact the Division’s ADA coordinator at 465-2912 a week in advance to make arrangements.

Sealaska Heritage Institute education conference

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File                                 Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor its third education conference in August.

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor its third education conference in August.

Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor its third education conference for teachers and administrators in Southeast Alaska in an effort to promote culturally responsive pedagogy in schools.

The three-day event, “Our Cultural Landscape: Culturally Responsive Education Conference,” will feature nationally known keynote speakers. The conference is scheduled Aug. 3-8. A pre-conference scheduled Aug. 3-5 will provide additional opportunities for educators to explore and participate in extended topics. SHI will post a registration form and call for presenters for breakout sessions soon.

The conference is open to educators from across Southeast Alaska and to students enrolled in the University of Alaska Southeast’s Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools program and UAS’ Master of Arts in Teaching program.

The goal of the conference, which is offered through SHI’s Thru the Cultural Lens program, is to provide educators with a deep understanding of culturally-responsive education and equip them to transform their classrooms, pedagogy and curriculum to fully support all students’ success, especially those who have been historically underserved, disenfranchised and marginalized by colonized systems, said conference organizer and longtime educator Jackie D’Cafango-Kookesh.

The conference will offer four strands: Culture-based education teaching and learning for K-12 educators; early childhood education, with an emphasis on childhood trauma and its effect on student learning; school climate and cultural connectedness, with an emphasis on social justice, equity and historical colonialism; and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, with an emphasis on math and art as it relates to culturally responsive teaching and learning.

To learn more, email or call 463-4844.

First Friday

The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is accepting submissions through Thursday, Feb. 27 for March’s First Friday. This free community event is held the first Friday of every month.

Openings typically include new gallery installations, special sales, live music and other performance events.

First Friday events usually run 4:30-7 p.m.

To add your event/exhibit to the list, visit To learn more about JAHC and First Friday, or email

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