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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Moving expenses
    or that as our old frequent contributor Alice used to say make you smile Hope this helps Others may have different opinions or information Regards John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Moving expenses by marymatt718 Sun Jan 04 2015 1 17 am Hello Naroda This is my second year in the bush I mailed most of my stuff up which was expensive so I only sent up what I really needed plus a few things I really wanted Use totes NOT boxes I actually did a welcome packet based on what I had learned from the moving experience for the new teachers coming to my school this past year and I have to echo what John has said about the USPS You need to find out what your district provides for you and bring things up by mail don t waste the money on UPS or FedEx who may have to hand your stuff over to the post office to get it out to your village anyway in stages Some of the new teachers this year were really smart and packed totes and left them with family to be mailed later in the year after they got here and saw what they really needed what they could afford to mail and whether they felt they were going to be staying beyond the first year Wait until you see if you are going to be happy somewhere before you bring EVERYTHING up When I started at my school I was one of 9 new teachers Only 4 of us stayed If you are in a bush community you will probably be living in teacher housing This is where I live The apartment is furnished with a couch and chair bedroom furniture and a kitchen table with chairs It s great that you love your bed but shipping out furniture can be VERY expensive weigh your bed and decide if you re willing to pay about 4 or more a pound to have it with you air freight and are you willing to take the chance that it might be damaged while being shipped or maybe you could purchase a mattress topper from Target online yes they ship to AK and it s free if you have a Target Red card and improve the bed you inherit in the teacher housing That s what I did I brought some essentials up the first year and sent more personal things up this second year Many things such as dishes kitchen appliances pots and pans silverware etc that would have been heavy to ship I ordered online from Amazon and let me tell you Amazon Prime with the free shipping is worth every penny of the annual fee you pay for it especially in Alaska Most of my furniture and other belongings are stored in a storage unit in my home state of Texas near my family Someday I will go for a job on the

    Original URL path: http://www.alaskateacher.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1063 (2016-02-09)
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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Application Expire
    principal candidates from the Lower 48 a large number of current and former school district HR and school administrators subscribe Moderators Johncn Damon Hargraves Betty Walters Toni McFadden Post a reply 2 posts Page 1 of 1 Application Expire by ringerk Mon Dec 22 2014 6 33 am I was a bit over eager to begin my application for the job bank and I won t be receiving all of my supplemental materials until after the 25 day active status expires I am wondering if after I my application expires I can simply create a new one using the same email or if it is more difficult than that Thanks ringerk Posts 3 Joined Thu Nov 20 2014 10 32 am Top Re Application Expire by Johncn Mon Dec 22 2014 9 21 am Hi All you need to do is submit it partially complete if there are missing things Even if you don t want to do that if you run into a log in issue you can just ask ATP to re activate your account using the help links Regards John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Display posts from previous All

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Any advice/tips on moving our family to AK to teach?
    Johncn Sat Dec 20 2014 12 39 pm My wife and I are looking for any advice tips on moving to Alaska and pursuing a dream of teaching there We are both teachers and we have four young children oldest is 8 They will all be school age next year except for the youngest We are currently working on getting our certification in Alaska and finishing up our application on the ATP site Would it be hard to find housing in rural areas for a family of 6 where both parents are teachers We are excited about the possibilities and are looking forward to applying and attending the Anchorage job fair Hello You don t mention what your teaching subject areas are or your experience levels All other factors being equal good references etc your subject specialty and work experience will likely be the key factors in whether or not you find a position together and in what community However in general districts like teaching couples Housing for a family of six will certainly be your biggest challenge but it s not an unsolvable problem for many districts if they think you are a catch In fact some rural districts will small sites may look at your situation as a happy coincidence not a negative Think of it this way Your children are school age which means that they know you won t have child care issues a good thing and that in hiring you they will be bringing in four students for average daily membership ADM in the annual child count The child count period each fall is how most rural Alaska districts get the bulk of their budget This is based on the number of K 12 students during a 20 day period Call me cynical but in most cases that means the district gets compensated for a big portion of a teaching couple salary with addition of four students in grades K 12 In some districts with very high cost factor adjustments in the child count rural and remote districts your four new students would generate well over 110 000 a year in district revenue I don t mean to imply that a district would hire you for that reason They wouldn t But if they were considering two fairly equally talented teaching couples for a rural site it might be worth their while to find housing It s also very nice to have some of your own children in your classes which would be likely if you were both to work at a small school We were lucky enough to have that experience and our children benefited from a solid education while we got to spend much more quality time than the average parents do Hope this helps John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Any advice tips on moving our family to AK to teach by robfamily6 Sat Dec 20 2014 1 02 pm Thanks so much for

    Original URL path: http://www.alaskateacher.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1059 (2016-02-09)
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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Specific Questions and Concerns about Job Fair
    yet I am prepared to do the extra work to find placement in the bigger districts I am just trying to figure out the best way to do it and wondering if coming up to Anchorage in March which will require getting a sub etc is worth it Thank you for all thoughts and comments ShannonPrescott Posts 1 Joined Sat Nov 29 2014 11 42 am Top Re Specific Questions and Concerns about Job Fair by Johncn Mon Dec 01 2014 4 22 am I see there are already a few postings about the 2015 job fair I have some specific questions I am hoping someone can answer 1 Do we know what 7 districts DID NOT attend While 45 districts is an impressive amount if the fair did not include the big 4 or specific ones I was looking for then it would not be worth it to come up Hi Shannon I ll assume you are referring to the Anchorage Job Fair when you say the 2015 Job Fair as that is the only one with 40 districts attending I can tell you that all of the Big Five Anchorage Mat Su Kenai Juneau Fairbanks attended the Anchorage Job Fair last spring However attendance by districts varies each and every year There is no guarantee that they will attend this coming March In fact although ATP usually posts a rough list of what districts have signed up for the events prior to their job fairs that is only a list of who registered not a guarantee of any district s attendance ATP never knows for SURE what districts will be there until they see who walks through the door the day of the event Plans change administrators can get revised budgets just prior to the fair or the weather can be bad You also make a statement that indicates you really are only interested in one or two districts if the fair did not include the big 4 or specific ones I was looking for then it would not be worth it to come up The idea behind a job fair is to get to meet a variety of districts and explore options I don t agree that your statement is necessarily accurate but if you have identified that narrow a range of potential target districts perhaps dealing directly with their HR department rather than attending a broader event like an ATP Job Fair can save you the expense of a trip to Anchorage Many districts do regional recruiting or targeted specialty recruiting in the Lower 48 in addition to their ATP job fairs Anchorage and other Alaska districts just had recruiting representatives in Orlando last week for instance at a national conference Maybe you ll get lucky and one of the few districts you are interested in may have something planned in your area or closer to you this winter or spring 2 I spoke with several districts last year and most if not all were interested

    Original URL path: http://www.alaskateacher.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1056 (2016-02-09)
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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Alaska Studies Requirement Second Initial License
    Initial License by ringerk Thu Nov 20 2014 10 40 am I am just beginning investigating teaching in Alaska I currently hold an initial license in Wisconsin for Secondary Social Studies I know that this means I should pursue a Second Initial License My question is am I able to apply for this second license and fulfill the Alaska Studies and Multicultural Studies credits within the year or do I need to apply for an Initial License if I have not yet taken these courses Thanks Katie ringerk Posts 3 Joined Thu Nov 20 2014 10 32 am Top Re Alaska Studies Requirement Second Initial License by Johncn Thu Nov 20 2014 5 08 pm Hello If you have not had an initial ALASKA license then you would apply for an Initial here The credits you are talking about are typically taken after employment in Alaska but before your first license expiration However as always it s best to check out your personal situation with the Alaska Department of Education s Teacher Certification office in Juneau as the regulation and requirements change Alaska Teacher Certification http www eed state ak us TeacherCertification Hope this helps John Johncn Posts 165 Joined

    Original URL path: http://www.alaskateacher.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1055 (2016-02-09)
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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Unmarried couple logistic questions
    access to the internet is needed Is this possible I understand every situation is different but any feedback is appreciated Thanks jenren Posts 3 Joined Sun Sep 14 2014 4 49 pm Top Re Unmarried couple logistic questions by Johncn Wed Nov 19 2014 8 43 am 1 I am in a very committed relationship however we don t plan on getting married before before hopefully moving to Alaska I know that many of the districts have their own teacher housing is cohabitation for unmarried couples generally seen as taboo or is this okay Hello I know it sounds odd in 2014 for any rural Alaska employer to have an issue with someone s personal relationship status but in reality there are some circumstances in some districts or villages in a district where that could be a problem for you I realize your relationship status would not be a factor in almost any Lower 48 hire or on the road system in Alaska However some locations in rural Alaska have local situations that could be complicated by limited housing for a set number of staff positions the positions of visibility in either very traditional and or sometimes religious or moralistic very small communities That said districts are mostly interviewing you for your ability to teach as well as fit in with a small staff in an isolated setting In many districts it won t be an issue It just depends on the location s specific political scenario and is very hard to say in advance You should wait until you have an interview with a district to bring it up but if they DON T ask you first most will then bring it up at the conclusion of the interview 2 My partner will be working the summer season in

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Reference question
    a question regarding references that districts require request from applicants Typically I will furnish a building site principal and or SPED director core teacher and school psychologist I have heard from colleagues at my current school site that administration does not take requests for references very well this early in the school year or even into the hiring season this spring As I prepare my materials for my Alaskan application is it ok to use a couple of core teachers and school psychologist as my references My desire is to work in a village district this upcoming school year as a special education teacher with 9 years of experience Hi Every district handles references a little differently Some want letters signed and scanned others have online surveys that the references fill out with rating scales and others contact the references and ask set questions from an internal HR form But when I was involved in teacher recruiting for my former school districts the only references our team really cared about in screening applicants were a teacher s current and prior supervisors This typically means their current and past principal assistant principal co operating teacher for student teaching special education director and so on those who formally evaluated the teacher s work in the classroom with students in other words And we always took the letters with a grain of salt The only meaningful references were those we spoke to and interviewed ourselves for each candidate We had to do a minimum of three of our Reference Form questionnaires over the phone or in person for each candidate The Applitrack system will allow you to upload letters of reference and provide names and contact phone numbers But if you can t get letters from your current supervisors it would be advisable in my opinion to list at least your current and prior supervisors as contacts in the References section without the letters being uploaded Most supervisors you have had will not mind this as it s part of being a boss and goes with the territory If your current supervisor does not know you are looking elsewhere you have a different sort of problem that only you can navigate Be aware that no Alaska district I ever worked for valued a candidate s colleague references from other teachers or co workers These were treated the same as character references that candidates sometimes had from various political or public figures clergy or former scoutmasters In essence none of these were used for ranking a potential employee Frankly I would not bother with colleague or co worker references but there could be districts in Alaska that would disagree with me on this Finally when you do choose references make sure the contact phone numbers are CURRENT and if possible include both a work and home or cell number Most districts are going to want to verify any printed reference that is used for a teacher candidate by speaking with that person and Alaska

    Original URL path: http://www.alaskateacher.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1051 (2016-02-09)
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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Out of State Teaching Questions
    a SPED classroom either resource or self contained would be okay with me I ve worked with students with Autism Emotional Disturbances and Intellectual Disabilities before as an aide so I have some experience working with SPED students I was wondering what the need is for SPED teachers in the Big 5 area and if going to the job fairs in Portland or Seattle would still give me a good opportunity to land a job Hello Although you will certainly be a well qualified candidate with dual certification and classroom aide experience with a variety of exceptionalities it s hard to predict who will attend any specific job fair this far in advance Some of the Big Five due attend the regional job fairs but not all I always recommend the Anchorage Job Fair for the widest range of possible openings With the Anchorage Job Fair being so early this year as compared to most prior cycles that may be especially true I am not sure as I don t recall a March ATP job fair in Anchorage in recent memory The only difference in this year as compared to others is that late March is very early for districts to have concrete openings in hand This is partially due to the negotiated agreements rural districts have with their teachers and partially by the customary practices in the rural districts There is either a date or a time period in most of the negotiated agreements specify that the district has to offer contracts to returning staff and another by which those not being hired back have to be notified as well as another a number of days during which teachers may consider an offer and respond or not All of a district s timelines and negotiated agreement dates have to be coordinated with Alaska Statute AS 14 20 140 Notification of Lay Off or Nonretention http touchngo com lglcntr akstats Statutes Title14 Chapter20 Section140 htm This basically says that teachers with tenure who are not being retained must be notified by March 16 each year Many districts use that as a drop dead date for all tenured teacher contracts Because every district has a different process negotiated with their union regarding determining openings advertising those openings and filling them each district has a slightly different range of dates and deadlines The rural dates are always earlier than the road system Big Five hiring dates In most of my former districts everything in the hiring timeline process was such that returning tenured staff would begin to get contracts in February and then non tenured staff The response period in days would play out and then the district would see who is actually returning and who is not The HR team would then scramble to get all the job listings posted as required internally and or externally and then have transfer requests taken into account The districts I worked for had timelines for hiring which were generally walked back from the date

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