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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Teaching Couple possibilities
    am I am an experienced teacher who is highly qualified in science language arts health and gifted I have held both a K 8 general licence and a K 12 language arts and science licence My husband who is in his 40s has just finished 25 years with the Bureau of Geology He has a degree in math with a minor in computer science We would like to be a teaching couple in a rural area He does not have a teaching license Is there any way he can teach on a provisional or internship licence while he works on his teaching credentials Scigal Posts 4 Joined Fri Feb 06 2015 5 29 pm Top Re Teaching Couple possibilities by Johncn Thu Feb 19 2015 4 57 pm My husband who is in his 40s has just finished 25 years with the Bureau of Geology He has a degree in math with a minor in computer science We would like to be a teaching couple in a rural area He does not have a teaching license Is there any way he can teach on a provisional or internship licence while he works on his teaching credentials Hello Although the short answer is no as you must be certified to teach in Alaska this is a great example of a question we can t adequately answer You need to get some guidance from Alaska Teacher Certification in Juneau to analyze your options Alaska Teacher Certification Office http education alaska gov TeacherCertification The only options I can see would be for him to enroll in an approved teacher certification program and apply for an Initial Program Enrollment certificate They are good about answering emailed questions but Sondra Meredith the EED program manager for Teacher Certification will be our special guest on the

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Yellow card
    card by CSD2 Mon Feb 16 2015 7 26 pm I am planning on attending the Seattle and Portland job fairs but do not have a yellow card If my application is not processed in time can I be offered a position without it CSD2 Posts 5 Joined Tue Feb 03 2015 4 40 pm Top Re Yellow card by Johncn Tue Feb 17 2015 10 32 pm Hello Yes you can be offered a contract or interview for a job without your Yellow Card That is simply a thing EED Teacher Certification sends out that indicates your application is in order and your paperwork is being processed Districts like it because it shows you are a viable serious candidate It s not necessary prior to being considered for a job Certification however is absolutely required before teaching students So the Yellow Card is like an indicator of intent and capability but if you really are a good candidate and districts believe you are someone who CAN be successfully certified they will interview you and offer a contract if they want you Hope this helps Johncn Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Yellow

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Alaska Teaching Couple
    teacher housing 2 Benefits of teaching in the bush 3 Best place to raise a family 4 Can anyone give me any insight to the Bering Strait School District I am sure I will have many more questions CoachBandy Posts 1 Joined Wed Sep 24 2014 5 51 am Top Re Alaska Teaching Couple by Johncn Thu Sep 25 2014 6 08 pm We are finally in a position that we believe we can make this dream come true I have several questions that I have not been able to find answers too I would appreciate and all help with the following questions Hi guys You ve come to the right place for questions As you have probably noticed in responses to similar posts there is no right answer to some of these as they are fairly subjective questions I will give my opinions I m sure others will contribute their own Your questions are in bold text below 1 Are there any school districts within Alaska that offer teacher housing Yes most rural districts do but it depends what you mean by offer Most land in rural Alaska is owned by either the local Native Corporation and shareholders Alaska Natives or by the federal or state government There is not a viable rental market in many small villages and private property ownership is quite difficult This means that rural school districts have to be both the landlord and the employer Districts either negotiate long term leases or buy and build housing units in their villages to make sure they have adequate housing for staff so they can ensure teachers and administrators a place to live This costs an enormous amount of money due to the scarcity of private property and the huge costs associated with shipping building materials AND construction equipment AND construction crews to remote areas Utilities heating oil propane etc are also priced to reflect the added costs associated with shipping hazardous materials to remote areas making the overall cost of living fairly high if one were really living in the economy of the village Therefore districts have subsidized housing clauses in their negotiated contracts with the local teacher union This means that the district provides the housing at a lower cost than it would be if the actual expenses associated with building and maintaining apartments and houses were passed on to the staff member This is done to offset cost of living impact It s not housing provided in the sense of free but it is moderately to heavily subsidized depending on the district This is a factor you will want to use to compare potential employers It varies quite a bit among and between districts so make sure you look for their negotiated agreement union contract on the district s website or ask for a copy if you are being considered a finalist for a job Also note that the housing can vary from converted shipping containers to HUD houses to apartments very similar to

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Southeast (SISD)
    either Thorne Bay Craig or Whale Pass I also like Haines and Sitka Any specifics people have about these places both pros and cons greatly appreciated Input about other places not mentioned here would be great too Hi You certifications certainly are a good combination and all other factors being equal good references positive work experiences and lack of certification issues etc you should be a popular candidate with any Alaska district with an inclusive approach to keeping special needs students in with age peers to as high a degree as appropriate That combination also makes you particularly attractive to small schools in rural Alaska where you could be both a student s regular and special education teacher Southeast is your target but there are very different experiences to be had in the communities you mention I am sure others on this board are more informed and knowledgeable about Southeast Alaska that I am However Southeast Island School District as mentioned in your subject line contains rural schools served by the Alaska ferry system and a limited road system on Prince of Wales These are more than a little different than the city school district environment in Sitka Haines is somewhere in between those two Since the most important thing to you is the supportive family friendly community you will need to at least consider Sitka I have been there and known more people who work or who have worked there than the others and heard some very good things about both the schools and the community itself Sitka is also a pretty expensive place to buy or rent property as it is a very popular fairly upscale community with a well educated population pretty diverse economy and very comfortable lifestyle and transportation options by Alaskan standards I would not rule out any community in your list or any employer without more research Sitka being nice does NOT mean you couldn t find an ideal semi rural semi remote community SISD or other community you mention that really is a perfect match for you and your family I simply don t know enough to have an informed opinion of those places or your needs Heck I don t even know what your husband does for work or if he will need a job or what you see yourselves doing for fun in your off work hours With ATP you have certainly come to the right place to start your research but take everyone s opinions with a grain of salt do your own research on the web using ATP and other resources and by contacting the districts directly Do make your priority targets the ones you think are the best personal and professional fit But be ready to be a flexible thinker when it comes to actually interviewing with potential employers in Southeast and elsewhere and continue to learn through that process Don t let your concrete set too hard prior to the final stages of the dance Regards John

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Question about teaching in rural AK with young kids
    a competitive grant called the Alaska Pre Kindergarten Program run by EED Many of these districts view Pre K as essential and now use either state foundation funding dollars or Moore funding to keep a programs going An education equity suit against the state commonly known as the Moore Case was settled in 2012 Part of the settlement mandated that Alaska fund two year kindergarten in the 40 rural communities with the lowest scoring test results Those are Moore funded Pre K programs essentially and change from year to year State funding for kindergarten has gone from not at all at statehood to an early entry statute that allowed children under five to attend kindergarten if they are prepared to enter into first grade the next year At one time many districts used the early entry provision to obtain funding for four year olds as a two year kindergarten program This was in essence an unofficial pre school program that many rural Alaska districts took advantage of because they could Then in 2003 EED issued a clarification that the early entry provision was only for four year olds ready to begin public school and the additional funding was eliminated Now there is case by case early entry exemption that varies by district but is not widely used see below Sadly there is NOT a comprehensive list of programs by village or district I ve looked in other years to answer this question and checked again today It s hunt and seek To check if the villages you are considering have a Pre K program run by the school district simply check the Alaska EED Public Schools Database by District and drill down to the school information for each village It will specify the lowest grade served and show the school year the data was collected for typically the previous school year Alaska Public Schools Database http education alaska gov DOE Rolodex SchoolCalendar Home Districts Choose district you want to check Click on the village school you want to check Check the lowest grade information K Kindergarten PK Pre Kindergarten School age in Alaska is another issue to be wary of your sources on Kindergarten is not within the age of mandatory attendance http education alaska gov faq html A1 Alaska state law guarantees a tuition free education through twelfth grade to all children between the ages of 6 and 20 The law also requires children to attend school between the ages of 7 and 16 and may require attendance beginning at age 6 if a child has been enrolled in first grade at a public school for more than 60 days Some widely cited sources say that Kindergarten students must turn five 5 by August 15 Despite that being written into Alaska Statute the Alaska Department of Education issues an eligibility cutoff of five before September 1 The age and date cutoff recognized by every school district I checked with mirrors this and is five years old by September 1

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Student teaching
    the job market for teachers in Alaska pretty open to brand new teachers As you can imagine I am quite anxious about the big move because since we left Alaska we have been dying to get back I have a 2 year old so I m hoping to get a job in one of the bigger cities maybe not so much a Native village because I also need to make sure my husband is able to find employment when I am teaching and that we can find daycare for our daughter Does anyone have any experience with taking their family into the Bush and if so what did your spouse do for work It seems that the situation only works out when both parents are educators at the school because otherwise job opportunities seem very limited in the smaller villages Thank you for your time and I look forward to hopefully meeting some of you next year Heather Bartlett HeatherB33 Posts 3 Joined Wed Aug 13 2014 4 00 pm Top Re Student teaching by tonyav74 Sun Aug 17 2014 7 36 am Hi Heather I am trying to get the information for the hotel for the ATP Job fair as well I am graduating this December and plan on attending the job fair as well I am an elementary education major as well Best of luck to you in your job search and hope to meet you next March at the job fair Respectfully Tonya Van Winkle tonyav74 Posts 10 Joined Fri Jun 20 2014 4 15 pm Top Re Student teaching by esbynum Sun Aug 17 2014 8 02 am I am right there with you ladies I will finish my certification in November and I am already planning on attending the job fair in March as well Hopefully the information will be released soon on the hotel discount if any Good luck to both of you on your search and maybe we will meet in Alaska esbynum Posts 25 Joined Tue Jul 08 2014 9 21 am Top Re Student teaching by Toni McFadden Tue Aug 19 2014 8 09 am Hello Ladies ATP is currently working with the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage to get you the best rate possible I m confident we will have rates for you by September 15 if not before I m looking forward to seeing you in Anchorage in March Toni Toni McFadden Posts 41 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 6 15 pm Location Fairbanks Alaska Website Top Re Student teaching by Johncn Mon Aug 25 2014 5 56 am Folks Just for some perspective on the discounted rates for the Spring 2015 Job Fairs ATP has never released the dates and rates this early The dates are usually announced in September and the rates are usually announced in November The fact that ATP has already posted their job fair information for the Captain Cook next year puts them way ahead of schedule and I m sure Toni will get

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Districts that may attend 2015 Anchorage Job Fair
    City Denali Dillingham Fairbanks Galena Haines Hoonah Iditarod Juneau Kashunamiut Kenai Kuspuk Lake Peninsula Lower Kuskokwim Lower Yukon Mat Su Nome North Slope Northwest Arctic Saint Mary s Southeast Island Southwest Regioon Unalaska Valdez Yukon Flats Yukon Koyukuk Yupiit Updated 3 16 15 Toni McFadden Posts 41 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 6 15 pm Location Fairbanks Alaska Website Top Re Districts that may attend 2015 Anchorage Job Fair by tonyav74 Sat Jan 31 2015 5 00 pm Thanks so much for posting this list I am making my airline reservations this week I am so excited about the opportunity to meet so many different districts in one central location See you all soon tonyav74 Posts 10 Joined Fri Jun 20 2014 4 15 pm Top Re Districts that may attend 2015 Anchorage Job Fair by tKoz Wed Feb 04 2015 7 11 am Are these the same districts that will attend the Minnesota Fair tKoz Posts 10 Joined Sun Oct 19 2014 10 35 am Top Re Districts that may attend 2015 Anchorage Job Fair by Toni McFadden Wed Feb 04 2015 8 56 am Not all of these districts have registered for the Minnesota job fair I ll post the preliminary list soon We usually have 12 15 districts in Minnesota Toni McFadden Posts 41 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 6 15 pm Location Fairbanks Alaska Website Top Re Districts that may attend 2015 Anchorage Job Fair by tKoz Wed Feb 11 2015 7 25 pm Thanks for the reply tKoz Posts 10 Joined Sun Oct 19 2014 10 35 am Top Re Districts that may attend 2015 Anchorage Job Fair by CSD2 Mon Feb 16 2015 12 56 pm Hi I am planning on attending both the Portland and Seattle job fairs Can you tell me how

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - .04FTE
    04FTE by marymatt718 Fri Feb 13 2015 10 42 am Can someone explain to me what the designations of 04 FTE and 08 FTE mean in a job listing I see it mostly in the Anchorage listings Thanks marymatt718 Posts 75 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 6 27 pm Top Re 04FTE by Johncn Fri Feb 13 2015 7 10 pm Hi The term FTE is a budgeting term to describe jobs It stands for Full Time Equivalent or portion of a full time job In other words a 40 FTE would be 40 of the pay of a full time position in that categoryon the pay scale Teacher pay scales are typically steps years and columns for experience So a 50 FTE would be the teacher s expected step and column but a half time job and with 50 of the salary at that rate Hope this helps John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re 04FTE by marymatt718 Fri Feb 13 2015 7 52 pm Yes thank you John I sort of thought that was probably what that meant but I had to be sure Yikes Trying to live in Anchorage with

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