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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Offered a job in Unalakleet!
    this is a great opportunity As I said some people wait for YEARS to get the chance We do all our in services there and I always have had a good time when I m there cyclone67 Posts 24 Joined Wed Apr 16 2014 5 56 pm Top Re Offered a job in Unalakleet by clm55 Mon Apr 13 2015 2 16 am You guys bring up really great points I m realizing that the things I m worried about most the cold and isolation are manageable Most of the time at least I m still going to let the idea sit with me for another day but I m pretty sure I am going to accept it I stumbled upon the old ATP forum and searching for BSSD and Unalakleet in there gave me all the more reason to do it I only read great things about both clm55 Posts 5 Joined Fri Apr 10 2015 9 07 am Top Re Offered a job in Unalakleet by jessicamvkim Mon Apr 13 2015 2 32 am I was in your position once about deciding on signing a letter of intent for a position pondering worrying and I finally posed my concerns and questions to people at the ATP job fair and I got a lot of varying responses One person said Only you can make that choice and that didn t help much although an excellent answer And another said What are you waiting for Don t be a fool and take it Personally I liked the latter answer better as it helped me snap out of the analysis paralysis state of mind I was in I would assume that any person who ponders teaching in Alaska likes wilderness nature outdoors and all of the elements so why would these same things be a deterrent Plus I would choose to work in Alaska rather than the lower 48 because I like the Alaskan mentality Alaskans in general seem happier and nicer than those in the lower 48 http www nydailynews com news nationa 1 2121702 Plus according to this article Alaskans ranked first in happiness where Colorado ranked just sixth jessicamvkim Posts 19 Joined Sat Jan 17 2015 11 03 am Location New England Top Re Offered a job in Unalakleet by clm55 Mon Apr 13 2015 2 38 am Yeah that s the idea I like about it and the more I research the more I feel like this is such a great opportunity and something I really need to do Thanks for the link I had no idea clm55 Posts 5 Joined Fri Apr 10 2015 9 07 am Top Re Offered a job in Unalakleet by cyclone67 Mon Apr 13 2015 4 59 pm Glad you found some information that helps Don t ponder too long It s the height of hiring season here in the Bush Good luck with whatever you decide to do Teaching in the bush is a unique experience and you will get

    Original URL path: http://www.alaskateacher.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1129 (2016-02-09)
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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Received an offer from Kodiak!
    Received an offer from Kodiak by BronwynH Fri Apr 24 2015 8 29 am And of course I accepted It s a dream come true so we re over the moon happy I just wanted to thank everyone for having this board available I ve been reading many back posts this is really an invaluable resource for teachers who are new to Alaska I m sure I ll be back with many questions as the weeks go by in our Countdown to Kodiak Again thanks to all for being so helpful in answering questions Bronwyn BronwynH Posts 7 Joined Sun Apr 12 2015 11 21 am Top Re Received an offer from Kodiak by robfamily6 Fri Apr 24 2015 11 30 am you should reach out to Betty Walters she works with the mentor program and lives in Kodiak so she can probably answer a lot of questions for you btw Betty I just volunteered you robfamily6 Posts 15 Joined Mon Dec 15 2014 4 21 pm Top Re Received an offer from Kodiak by esbynum Fri Apr 24 2015 12 48 pm Congratulations on the new job esbynum Posts 25 Joined Tue Jul 08 2014 9 21 am Top

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Who is planning on going to a job fair?
    staying in the host hotel I will be renting a car if anyone needs help with transportation I would love to meet others and exchange war stories Thanks John Coach Mann Posts 11 Joined Tue May 20 2014 12 16 pm Top Re Who is planning on going to a job fair by nschu6 Fri Mar 20 2015 5 39 am My Wife and I are both planning to attend the 12 April Job Fair in Minneapolis We have been told from several school districts that they would not be attending this fair My question is will there be many districts represented at the Minneapolis Job Fair Will it be worth our time and money to travel to Minneapolis on this weekend Any information would be helpful Thank you NDS Last edited by nschu6 on Mon Mar 23 2015 3 20 am edited 1 time in total nschu6 Posts 1 Joined Fri Mar 13 2015 3 45 am Top Re Who is planning on going to a job fair by lauren burch Fri Mar 20 2015 12 44 pm Hello NDS Southeast Island School District will be at the APT Minn job fair It seems like usually 20 districts maybe much much less at the general Minn job fair a day or two on one side or the other of the APT fair i am sure APT can tell you which districts will be there I can t tell you if worth the drive Depends on your certification other attributes and skill There will be a number of people hired from that contact but many that will not I go because I prefer to see the candidates rather than just doing by phone good luck lauren lauren burch Posts 18 Joined Tue Feb 17 2015 4 17 pm Top Re Who is planning on going to a job fair by ShiloMcManus Sat Mar 21 2015 9 20 pm My husband and I will be attending the Anchorage job fair although we won t be flying in to Anchorage until Friday due to current work responsibilities Would be nice to be there all day Friday but that is simply not doable for us at this time I have often wondered why the job fair is on Friday and Saturday instead of Saturday and Sunday it would seem that it would be easier for people who are already employed to attend Hopefully we will be able to meet with the districts we would like to with the time we have on Saturday ShiloMcManus Posts 4 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 10 33 pm Location Akutan Alaska Top Re Who is planning on going to a job fair by lauren burch Sun Mar 22 2015 3 39 pm Hello Shilo SISD will be at the fair on Saturday We are leaving at the crack of doom on Sunday morning lauren lauren burch Posts 18 Joined Tue Feb 17 2015 4 17 pm Top Re Who is planning on going to a job fair

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Preliminary list for ATP's Seattle Job Fair
    list for ATP s Seattle Job Fair by Toni McFadden Wed Feb 04 2015 11 10 am These districts have indicated they will be attending the ATP hosted Seattle Job Fair For more information on this job fair see our home page and Job Fair Information link Districts who have confirmed Annette Island Anchorage Bering Strait Fairbanks Kashunamuit Kenai Lower Kuskokwim Lower Yukon Nome North Slope St Mary s Southeast Island Southwest Region Yukon Koyukuk Districts who said Maybe Lake and Peninsula Unalaska City Kuspuk Iditarod This list will be updated as we hear from school districts Toni McFadden Posts 41 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 6 15 pm Location Fairbanks Alaska Website Top Re Preliminary list for ATP s Seattle Job Fair by Toni McFadden Mon Feb 16 2015 2 27 pm This list updated 3 16 15 Toni McFadden Posts 41 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 6 15 pm Location Fairbanks Alaska Website Top Re Preliminary list for ATP s Seattle Job Fair by Toni McFadden Wed Apr 01 2015 9 17 am Seattle updated on 4 1 15 Toni McFadden Posts 41 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 6 15 pm Location Fairbanks Alaska Website Top Re Preliminary

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Health Insurance
    teach and bringing my High school aged 16yr old son with me Am wondering about health insurance and how out of network works My wife will not be coming with me immediately she will be getting some health care matters in order in New York and I want to see what the cost might be and how the coverage works Am interested in North Slope area and the Yukon Flats area teneight Posts 1 Joined Mon Apr 06 2015 7 55 am Top Re Health Insurance by Johncn Tue Apr 07 2015 5 49 am Hello Districts in Alaska generally have good health care plans that include the teacher and family coverage There is no statewide health plan that they use Each school district does things differently Some buy coverage from big health plan providers some self insure and some go in with other districts to share coverage packages In most cases the district website will have some indication of their health care coverage When you interview with a district the topic should come up and you can get more info Or check the negotiated agreements union contracts that districts typically post for hints In fact I came up with

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Contract lengths
    are they a full year Thanks in advance jessicamvkim Posts 19 Joined Sat Jan 17 2015 11 03 am Location New England Top Re Contract lengths by ElemEducator Sun Apr 05 2015 8 17 am It will be an option to for you choose whether you will receive your salary over 10 or 12 months You have to circle either 10 or 12 months in your contract ElemEducator Posts 15 Joined Tue Mar 10 2015 6 24 am Top Re Contract lengths by Johncn Sun Apr 05 2015 1 24 pm Jessica The contracts are for a school year Because each district has negotiated a slightly different definition of a work year with their bargaining unit that mean contract length will vary by a few days Alaska Statutes AS 14 03 030 AS 14 03 040 define the school year as a minimum of 170 instructional days plus up to 10 days of in service The number of Work Days teacher days of instruction with students as well as some types of days of in service training count toward this total So a school year for a district is usually around 170 student contact days and around 10 days of in service for a total of 180 In rural Alaska the school year typically begins in mid August with new teachers often reporting for work during the first week in August or so Many holidays common to the Lower 48 and Alaska schools on the road system are not observed This means that even with a typical two week break for Christmas teachers are usually done with work and able to leave or travel after the middle of May Many teachers travel each summer or maintain a place in on the road system or in the Lower 48 which they

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Question on Subject Certification
    or HQ status because they don t have someone at that school or at the right grade level to act as the teacher of record for a subject for instance when they file their accountability report on staffing The reports filed about who teaches the core subjects at a rural school and who actually teaches the students at that school in those subjects can vary widely Why is this so Technically some subjects require HQ status and certification while others are a little more loose about who is teaching what In small rural K 12 schools it was simply impossible to find let alone hire staff who were highly qualified and or certified in ALL the subjects and grade levels the school offers Typically the smaller the school the harder it is to find the required staff even if you fudge the teacher of record info like it s a fantasy football team lol As a Secondary Generalist for instance I taught ELA Language Arts for many years at the high school level in the Bush as well as Science I was certified in neither but did a pretty credible job at least in hindsight The role I played back then may not be possible now in an era of highly qualified and accountability I know this is more of a non answer than an answer but checking with the district with the opening is the only way to know what they need or will accept in the case of dual certified listings Sondra Meredith is ATP s Live Chat guest from 3 30 PM to 5 00 PM Alaska Time on the ATP website I m sure she would know what has changed in the last year or so and would have concrete answers about what districts are REQUIRED to do currently for HQ status and certification in rural schools ATP Live Chat Thursday March 12 2015 Certification Q A http alaskateacher org live chat php John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Question on Subject Certification by esbynum Thu Mar 12 2015 12 37 pm Thanks John Would it be possible for some on to pose this question in the live chat tonight to get her answer I will be atb work and will not be able to a teen but I watch all of them afterwards esbynum Posts 25 Joined Tue Jul 08 2014 9 21 am Top Re Question on Subject Certification by Johncn Thu Mar 12 2015 12 40 pm Sure I will post the question for you John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Question on Subject Certification by esbynum Thu Mar 12 2015 12 44 pm Thank you for all your help esbynum Posts 25 Joined Tue Jul 08 2014 9 21 am Top Re Question on Subject Certification by lauren burch Sun Mar 15 2015 12 29 pm We are a small district with small schools Technically you

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Job Fair Preparation
    contract offer so make sure you refs expect a call on a weekend or during the evening while you are at the Fair 6 See the part about positive attitude even on day two if you haven t had any major hits yet If you are an experienced elementary teacher and have a portfolio of your work great Not everyone will want to see it Some might Just mention you have it available but would not lug it to each table Hope this helps and good luck in your search John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Job Fair Preparation by lauren burch Wed Mar 11 2015 7 46 pm Hello one additional thought is that I do not pay much attention to references unless they are from supervisors and recent Another thought is to include hobbies and interests in your cover letter We look for people with a variety of attributes that could be shared with kids In small districts you are never going to do just one thing Good luck and hope to see you at one of the fairs Lauren Burch Southeast Island School District lauren burch Posts 18 Joined Tue Feb 17 2015 4 17 pm Top Re Job Fair Preparation by Ava Thu Mar 12 2015 6 20 am Thank you for replying I have taught for 8 years in elementary classrooms Would a portfolio be something I should put together If so what is normally included Ava Posts 5 Joined Mon Mar 09 2015 6 33 pm Top Re Job Fair Preparation by lauren burch Thu Mar 12 2015 7 10 am Hello Ava districts are different Southeast Island School District simply requires a resume letter of interest and administrative references I am not likely to check a reference from a teacher down the hall a college professor or much of anything else except recent administrators You are welcome to send along anything else you would like to send but our initial screen will be about experience and administrative references Of keen importance for us is a letter of interest that outlines your other attributes besides a teaching certificate Small districts need people with other interests and talents that would be of value for students SISD offers many activities for students that need other skills Gardening hydroponic and aquaponic greenhouses archery kayaking a restaurant mountain biking wilderness activities and climbing to name a few We are deep in southeast Alaska and teachers and families that stick tend to have an interest in the lifestyle and opportunities available here So interests besides the classroom are important to us We can be interested in just about anything that you can offer students that you have a passion for We are keenly interested in those other attributes There are 300 000 out of work elementary teachers in America We want to know what makes you special lauren Burch lauren burch Posts 18 Joined Tue Feb 17 2015 4 17 pm

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