The Alaska Reads Act

In June 2022, Governor Mike Dunleavey signed the Alaska Reads Act into law, creating a plan to support early literacy. 

GCSD is rolling out a new literacy program for the 2023-2024 school year, as well as many other special developments in support of the overall, district-wide goal of having all students reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

Monthly Galena Literacy Nights 

A series of fun literacy-themed family evening events is currently underway for the 2023/24 school year. We’re hoping to see a BIG turnout of our PreK-5th parents, as we’ll be focusing on strategies and tips to help increase reading skills. The entire Galena community is welcome!


⏺  Saturday, November 11 from 5-7PM
⏺  Saturday, December 2 from 5-7PM

Statewide Literacy Screening Opportunities
for IDEA Homeschool Families

In each of IDEA’s statewide offices, we will be offering one-on-one proctored literacy screenings using Amplify’s mCLASS screener. Screening should take no more than 10-20 minutes, and will measure skills such as phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. For families living in outlying areas, please watch for personalized communication or get in touch with your contact teacher for information about virtual screening or opportunities in your area. 

Each of IDEA’s regional office admin will be be reaching out with further communication to all parents and guardians of K-3 students. You may also click here to read a recent letter from IDEA Director, Dean O’Dell, for an introduction and links to specific resources and information regarding the AK Reads initiative for the 2023/24 school year. 

Region A (Anchorage-area)

Anchorage region IDEA Contact Teachers
will be reaching out to parents personally
to offer screening dates. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about screening opportunities, please give our Anchorage office a call (907) 562-4332. 

Region ER (Eagle River)

December 5, 2023 – 10:00AM -12:00PM
December 7, 2023 – 10:00AM -12:00PM
December 12, 2023 – 10:00AM -12:00PM
December 14, 2023 – 10:00AM -12:00PM

Region MS (Mat-Su Valley)

December 4, 2023 Wasilla
December 5, 2023 Palmer
December 6, 2023 Wasilla 
December 11, 2023 Wasilla 
January 10, 2024 Wasilla 
January 16, 2024 Palmer
January 17, 2024 Wasilla

Region K (Kenai Peninsula)

December 12, 2023 – 9AM-12PM & 1PM-4PM
December 13, 2023 – 9AM-12PM & 1PM-4PM
December 14, 2023 – 9AM-12PM & 1PM-4PM
January 9, 2024 – 9AM-12PM & 1PM-4PM
January 10, 2024 – 9AM-12PM & 1PM-4PM
January 11, 2024 – 9AM-12PM & 1PM-4PM
January 16, 2024 – 9AM-12PM & 1PM-4PM
January 17, 2024 – 9AM-12PM & 1PM-4PM

Region F (Fairbanks-area)

December 4, 2023 – 9:00AM -12:00PM
December 5, 2023 – 9:00AM -12:00PM
December 6, 2023 – 9:00AM -12:00PM
December 7, 2023 – 9:00AM -12:00PM
December 8, 2023 – 9:00AM -12:00PM

Region SE (Southeast AK)

December 5, 2023 – 9:00AM -12:00PM
December 14, 2023 – 1:00PM -4:00PM
January 9, 2024 – 9:00AM -12:00PM

January 16, 2024 – 1:00PM -4:00PM