Multicultural Studies for Alaska Teachers through Exploration of Anchored Histories

See Stories is leading a spring 2024 hybrid teacher professional development course titled Multicultural Studies for Alaska Teachers through Exploration of Anchored Histories. The course is designed for formal and non-formal Alaskan educators of 6th – 12th grade students. This course, ED 555B meets the requirements for the 3 credits of Multicultural Studies required for the State of Alaska teachers. Participating educators will receive support in engaging students in documentary filmmaking and how to use Library of Congress primary sources, as well as local primary sources such as Elder interviews, artifacts, and photos and documents. 

This a fee based course through UAA’s PACE Program. Alaskan teachers, librarians, and other educators of 6th – 12th grade students who are interested to apply can do so at the link below. The deadline to apply is February 7, 2024. There will be the following scheduled sessions:

  • Tuesday February 20th, 5-7 pm, virtual orientation
  • Thursday March 14th, 5-7pm, check-in
  • Wednesday, April 3rd, 5-7pm, check-In/ editing
  • Wednesday, April 17th, 5-7pm, check-In/ editing
  • Saturday April 20th, 9 – 1pm, culminating showcase

Please email the primary course instructor Seth Bader ( with questions.

$350, and this includes course credit fees. Made payable to See Stories via check to 205 E Dimond BLVD, pay online on bloomerang here or call to pay over the phone at 907-308-3990.

This course, ED 555B meets the requirements for the 3 credits of Multicultural Studies required for the State of Alaska teachers. Anchored Histories was developed from a grant from Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS), a partner program of the Library of Congress. 

Apply by February 7, 2024. Click to apply here, or use the QR code below to access the application:


Teacher Testimonials
“I would definitely recommend this course to my colleagues. I would tell them it is a course designed to help you ensure student voices are shared and heard regardless of what curriculum you teach. The course focuses on identifying and sharing community stories that are important to your students.”

“The well-paced course provides essential hands-on experience related to an activity that can be customized and implemented directly into the classroom”.

Examples of Teacher Produced Films
-Short film about Decolonizing Place Names
-Short film about the History of the Alaskan Railroad
-Short film about the Significance of Storytelling in Dena’ina Culture

Workshop Details

  • February 20, 2024 - April 20, 2024
  • Apply by February 7, 2024
  • Online-Hybrid
  • 3 credits


Seth Bader

Seth received an M.A. from University of Alaska Southeast in Secondary Education, and a B.S. from Western Washington University. He has a decade of experience as an educator and has been collaborating with teachers from around the state for several years. He is the Education Programs Manager for See Stories, a nonprofit that builds inclusive communities with film and story, and has led documentary film and teacher training projects throughout Alaska.

Dr. Sven Haakanson

Dr. Sven Haakanson will engage participants on how to have a critical lens with primary sources and will share his own story researching his Sugpiaq history. He is an Alutiiq anthropologist from the village of Old Harbor, and currently serves as Curator of Native American Anthropology at the Burke Museum & Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington. Dr. Haakanson brings his passion for studying Indigenous cultures through archival research and finding ways to empower youth through historical research.

Gabrielle M. Dudley

Gabrielle M. Dudley is an Instructional Archivist at the Emory University Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, where she partners with faculty to design courses and assignments. She also finds ways for faculty to use resources from the Rose Library in their classes, such as the extensive collection related to the civil rights era. Gabrielle’s passion for working with students with limited internet access and exposure to primary sources has shaped her lesson on crafting students’ first encounter with primary sources

Anjuli Grantham

Anjuli Grantham is a writer and historian who grew up on a fish site on Kodiak, and serves as the Curator at the Alaska State Museum. In her words: “I am a public historian, museum curator, published writer, radio producer, former teacher and non-profit development professional. Mostly I am a chronic instigator of multi-format public arts and humanities projects.” Anjuli will lead a session about how to be a scrappy primary source researcher whether utilizing the Library of Congress digital collections or local sources, and how to use objects as primary sources.

Dr. Daren Graves

Dr. Daren Graves is an Adjunct Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and serves as Associate Professor of Social Work at Simmons University. Dr. Graves has taught with See Stories previously about how to engage students in learning that translates into positive action, and educators requested they continue to work with him. He will engage teachers in using Library of Congress primary sources to teach critical consciousness.

Dr. Liz Ross

Dr. Liz Ross is Iñupiaq, serves as a board member for the Curtis Legacy Foundation, and is a former CEO of an Alaska Native Corporation. Dr. Ross brings her expertise on the Edward Curtis collection as well as her personal story as a descendant of people photographed by Edward Curtis. She will engage the group in anti-racist / Indigenizing primary source work.