Last week, Obama named Brown to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, which advises Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the funding and administration of federal programs for Indian education.

Emma Brown | Washington Post
Eric Pedersen, UAA’s chief of enrollment, breathed a sigh of relief last Monday, the first day of fall semester at UAA. Since last spring, when students could register for fall 2015 classes, the state’s budget woes from plummeting oil prices had dominated headlines. Would students still come?Kathleen McCoy
Schools in the Mat-Su are scrambling to keep up with a surprise influx of students that’s swelling class sizes and causing a scramble for more teachers.Zaz Hollander
It's been a process, but Anchorage's newest charter school is starting classes Monday, hoping to accommodate a variety of students with a blend of charter school and home-schooling methods.Tegan Hanlon
An old adage about Alaskans claims we don’t give a damn about “how they do it Outside.” New philanthropy research by three UAA undergraduates pretty much dissolves that claim, at least when it comes to soliciting money at a grocery story entrance.Kathleen McCoy
A new school named for "Father of the Iditarod" Joe Redington Sr. is part of a Mat-Su school construction boom to accommodate the region’s burgeoning population.Zaz Hollander
The Anchorage School District says it has no specific policy for dealing with transgender employees or students but has had a set of guidelines in place for several years to help staff if issues arise.Sean Doogan

Around 45,000 Anchorage students returned to school on Wednesday, the first day of school in Alaska's largest school district.

Loren Holmes

The University of Alaska Museum of the North opened an exhibit dedicated to dinosaurs in Alaska in May. It has teeth, skeletons and tracks of the extinct reptiles and their contemporaries that have never been seen by the public before. “Expedition Alaska: Dinosaurs” is the first show of its kind at the museum and, as such, “fairly monumental,” said Earth sciences curator Patrick Druckenmiller.

Mike Dunham
The agenda for Monday's Arctic conference is heavy on Alaska speakers, and the topics go beyond climate change.Yereth Rosen