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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Driving through Canada
    importing it to make money you should be fine The fruit and vegetable issues are not just commerce but are also about protecting their agriculture from pests that might be brought in which is why I respect that and eat any fresh stuff before I cross and purchase new stuff in Canada You might consider mailing part of it if you are worried about it This is for everyone out there Alaska is not the total food wilderness that you might think it is That might have been the case years ago but not now You can get ANYTHING you need in Anchorage and mail it from Anchorage before you fly out to your bush village Also Amazon ships just about anywhere and there are wonderful sources of dried fruits and vegetables on Amazon You can also purchase a couple of rather tasty brands of powered milk on Amazon Two I have personally tried are Nido and Peak I get Peak as a monthly subscription from Amazon Anchorage has both a Costco and a Sam s Club Target Cabelas Michaels Petsmart Petco Walmart Fred Meyer aka Kroger just like cities in the lower 48 What I really miss here is an IKEA Both Costco and Sams Club have product lines that have bush residents in mind It s tempting to purchase everything in the lower 48 I know I ve been in that same situation but truly what you REALLY need to bring are your personal things and favorite things the quote is things that make you smile and everything else can be purchased here in Alaska You just need to give your self time to shop for it once you arrive in Anchorage I m not trying to be judgmental so forgive me if I come off as seeming that way I m trying to save you some unnecessary expenses Good luck Re Driving through Canada Posted Fri Jun 19 2015 2 05 pm by marymatt718 Scigal I forgot to mention since you probably aren t going as far as Anchorage there is a Costco in Juneau which is a gorgeous ferry ride from Skagway or any other village town in that general vicinity There is no Sam s Club in Juneau unless they built one since I ve been there but there is a fairly large Walmart Good luck in your new job mm718 Re Driving through Canada Posted Sat Jun 20 2015 7 57 am by Scigal Thanks for the information It has been very helpful Re Driving through Canada Posted Tue Jun 23 2015 9 16 pm by marymatt718 It s a beautiful drive Alberta is a little vanilla but still pretty and TIDY so very tidy Even the farms seem to line up and neatly park all the farm equipment Weird Then you will be driving along and think somethings different but you can t put your finger on it There s just this tickle at the back of your neck that makes you feel

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Atka
    pm by MsMcAdow Thank you for the help I know about the website but I don t know what schools or regions are in Atka and beating my head against google didn t seem to help do you happen to know where I might find that information Re Atka Posted Fri Jun 19 2015 6 38 pm by marymatt718 Try giving the Alaska EED folks a call They are not your typical state education agency Lord Texas has the WORST helpful education agency EVER but you can ACTUALLY speak to REAL HUMAN BEINGS there and human beings that WANT to be helpful It is a TOTALLY amazing experience If you call and leave a message they actually return your phone calls Amazing but true Good luck Re Atka Posted Sat Jun 20 2015 6 13 am by marymatt718 Hello Ms M I just found them on Wikipedia so the accuracy might be a little questionable but according to Wikipedia Atka is in the Aleutian Region School District and the K 12 school there is the Yakov E Netsvetov School If there are only 61 people there as of the last census the school may have trouble keeping the 10 children necessary to keep the school open so I think you still may need to ring up the EED mm718 Re Atka Posted Sat Jun 20 2015 6 33 am by MsMcAdow Thank you guys so much you re all so helpful Re Atka Posted Sat Jun 20 2015 7 02 am by Johncn Hello Atka is definitely part of Aleutian Region School District They used to have three schools but one is now closed due to lack of enrollment The open schools are according to the Alaska Department of Education s website Alaska EED Rolodex Entry http education alaska gov

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Teacher Housing at Selawik
    hair You might find their coats get thicker also but even in that case a raincoat with a little insulation might be helpful When I was about to make this move I asked a lot of these same questions so you might also check out the archived forum which was the current forum when I moved up here with a keyword search or two That s where I got all my dog related questions answered This probably hasn t helped much but maybe a bit I can tell you from personal experience that you might also want to have some kind of canine first aid kit with you because very few villages have vets and Selawik is at least 2 plane rides from Anchorage and a vet s office I have wraps gauze Benadryl baby aspirin bath wipes some Elizabethan collars things like that in mine Your regular home vet can give you some tips on what to have on hand If you can t find the stuff he she recommends in a local pet supply store try Drs Foster and Smith on online pet supply place They are the Amazon of pet supplies I wish I could tell you more about housing but Mike only mentioned his principal residence and not the regular housing I have to send him a note soon so I ll ask him to check this forum if he has time this summer I know he is leaving the lower 48 and going up soon sometime in July so you may be able to get his email through the NWA district office I think I mentioned that he is an awesome guy and I m sure he will help you any way he can We are all completely bummed about losing him he was the

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Special Education Endorsement
    for where to look for a university that will help me get licensed If you ve been through this before please let me know of online programs I might try Thanks Re Special Education Endorsement Posted Thu Mar 13 2014 8 17 am by Johncn Hi I m not an expert on the online certification options but I do know there are at least two in the University of Alaska system designed for post baccalaureate endorsements for teachers who already are certified or working in other subject areas Both are online One is from the UAF Fairbanks main campus while the other is from the UAS Juneau campus https www alaska edu distance programs html It s quite possible that these may be less expensive once you attain Alaska residency but you probably would want to talk the program contacts highlighted above There is also a program from the UAA Anchorage campus I thought this was distance delivered but it s not clear to me on the program description page http www uaa alaska edu coe degrees graduatecertificates specialeducation cfm The handbook says that program delivery is through distance technologies To be sure I d contact the professor or her admin assistant Hope this helps John Re Special Education Endorsement Posted Sun May 10 2015 9 29 pm by Bushteachers brittneycloyd wrote I am wondering if anyone has experience earning a special education endorsement online I am hoping to teach in Alaska next year while taking courses to add a special ed endorsement I have already been turned away from three graduate schools either because I am overqualified for the program I m already special ed certified in another state although I did not take special ed coursework or because the grad program doesn t lead to licensure So now

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - I got an offer to work at Selawik!
    have found very little online information about the village other than what is posted on the district web site which seems minimal Can anyone give me an idea of what village life might be like and what essentials I will need to bring Are there web links I might have missed Also what can anyone tell me about shipping a handgun Is that a question for ATF or Alaska Air Thanks Re I got an offer to work at Selawik Posted Sun Jun 14 2015 10 35 am by CoreyShep I ll be moving to Kotzebue soon and while I have not heard much about life in the village I can offer some help on the shipping question The USPS does not allow handguns to be shipped only rifles The best way to get a pistol there is to check it with your luggage when you fly There are specific rules regarding the type of case it must be in and the type of lock used More info can be found at the TSA page on traveling with firearms http www tsa gov traveler information ammunition Congratulations and the best of luck to you in your new position Re I

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Getting Everything to Start in One Day in Anchorage!
    everything ready in Anchorage due to the time crunch between leaving my old position and starting in my new position It can be done Get your sleep ahead of time and eat your Wheaties Is the bush shipping depot open inside Sam s Club on a Sunday Will they allow you to bring in items from another store such as Wal Mart to place in totes along with items purchased from Sam s Club to ship We never used that and they would not allow you to bring other items in from another store Their fee structure is a percentage of what you bought at Sam s I think I recommend packing your own boxes and totes out in the parking lot stays light very late and gets light very early and just mailing them Is there a post office open on Saturday afternoon in Anchorage The one at Anchorage International Airport is open every day of the year from 6 00am 11 58pm according to their website They have a self serve kiosk thing if you want to use their boxes but I find it cumbersome and more expensive Because this facility seems to get lots of folks doing passports in recent years I ve found the the one across from Carr s on Northern Lights to be better for me if it s during business hours It probably adds a day to your shipping though as they transfer that to the airport location for sorting I have to activate my cell phone and get my satellite TV and internet set up as well hoping I can do some of that over the phone since I assume most of these places will be closed on Sunday The timing isn t great but I m stuck with it Any suggestions For phone GCI is your provider They also offer Internet but I d wait to see what is in place in your housing first You can look at phones and plans for your village here http www gci com wireless phones devices I d just call GCI 800 800 4800 tell them you are moving to that village use your district mailing address as your address and ask to pick up your phone and activate it on your way through They ll do all the paperwork I think and have you pick it up at one of the Anchorage locations There are a few open in the evening and on Sundays One is on C Street GCI Store 2800 C St Anchorage AK 99503 907 265 5400 Another is at Dimond Center Mall which is near Walmart Sam s Club and Costco GCI Store 800 E Dimond Blvd Anchorage AK 99515 907 265 5400 As far as coolers go I think coming from Arizona in July or August I d do my shopping there for meat and frozen in one bag and use an Igloo Cube I d freeze everything well a few days ahead of your trip You can t take ice but frozen veggies will do the same thing and frozen meat really needs no ice in one of those coolers anyay Mine weighs 11 pounds empty just checked it and I got for 28 at Walmart Most rolling suitcases weigh about 7 12 pounds so it s not too bad in comparison They are much more to buy up here Here is a post I did last year with general shopping and packing tips that you may find useful http alaskateacher org forum viewtopic php f 3 t 1006 p1083 Some folks prefer not to use coolers but most people I know do Your call If you are flying up and staying at hotel for two days check to make sure the one you stay at has a freezer I d open the lid and inch or so to let cold air circulate but it s not entirely necessary The Millennium Hotel on Spenard by the airport is one we have used that has a big walk in freezer the bell cap will let you use It s expensive but ask for the state rate and tell them you work for a rural school district it will give you a lower rate http origin global millenniumhotels c anchorage I would mail your clothes and only take essentials on the airplane medications and change of clothes or two and then add another box or cooler packed with fresh food from Anchorage Also I would only do your shopping for about a couple months at the stores and mail it out not a huge amount You ll get there and have a better idea of what you need and can order online to supplement It s easy to go overboard Hope this helps Everybody has their own tips and tricks These are just mine That s the great thing about a forum everybody can share their favorites John Re Getting Everything to Start in One Day in Anchorage Posted Sun May 10 2015 5 18 pm by jamieburgess Wow great info It s a relief to hear the post office is open on Sunday that was my biggest worry I get a district phone just have to stop and get it activated so I think I ll be okay there I am staying with someone through AirBnb who will also be my driver around and I am hoping he ll be willing to help me pack stuff as well I do plan to mail my bigger suitcases and just take the small carry on with me from Anchorage along with some food I am flying from Anchorage to Bethel via Alaska Airlines then on to my village via Ravn Johncn suggested I buy a cooler and fill it with frozen cold food here in Phoenix is that doable It is possible my host would be open to allowing me to stash my items in his freezer but I don t know How do you prepare a cooler for checked baggage A lot of duct tape I would have to pay 75 for it an extra bag so is that worth the lower cost of hamburger and chicken How much more expensive are food items in Anchorage I would expect to pay more in Bethel already checked out one grocery store s online flyer there and of course food in the village is horribly expensive but is it worth paying the 75 So it seems like I should just plan on buying totes in Anchorage I already have a shipping kit with portable luggage scale small hand drill duct tape sharpie mailing labels and packing kit buying my non perishable and non fresh items packing everything up in the parking lot and hauling it all to the post office is this the best option I guess I m lucky I m going out before the big teacher rush You guys are awesome Re Getting Everything to Start in One Day in Anchorage Posted Sun May 10 2015 5 37 pm by Bushteachers jamieburgess wrote Wow great info It s a relief to hear the post office is open on Sunday that was my biggest worry I get a district phone just have to stop and get it activated so I think I ll be okay there I am staying with someone through AirBnb who will also be my driver around and I am hoping he ll be willing to help me pack stuff as well I do plan to mail my bigger suitcases and just take the small carry on with me from Anchorage along with some food I am flying from Anchorage to Bethel via Alaska Airlines then on to my village via Ravn Johncn suggested I buy a cooler and fill it with frozen cold food here in Phoenix is that doable It is possible my host would be open to allowing me to stash my items in his freezer but I don t know How do you prepare a cooler for checked baggage A lot of duct tape I would have to pay 75 for it an extra bag so is that worth the lower cost of hamburger and chicken How much more expensive are food items in Anchorage I would expect to pay more in Bethel already checked out one grocery store s online flyer there and of course food in the village is horribly expensive but is it worth paying the 75 So it seems like I should just plan on buying totes in Anchorage I already have a shipping kit with portable luggage scale small hand drill duct tape sharpie mailing labels and packing kit buying my non perishable and non fresh items packing everything up in the parking lot and hauling it all to the post office is this the best option I guess I m lucky I m going out before the big teacher rush You guys are awesome I wouldn t personally bring food from lower 48 Delays add time I carried 30lbs of moose meat to GA last year in a cooler By the time we arrived in GA it was already thawed out With the 75 extra charge for let s say 30 lbs of meat you would come out better buying in anchorage It s funny that John mentions the PO by Carr s on northern lights I spent an hour in line there once I ll never go back Lol We do use the airport PO all the time and go later I use their scale to weigh before I mail And I ve also used their scale to weigh my meat and veggie totes Talk to your driver Most people in ak are very helpful Try use that scale with totes Sometimes they are hard to read We use the ravn check in scales to Get to the airport early and find a line not being used I recommend using zip ties on your totes Don t cut them though When are you coming through anchorage I also recommend packing up in your room no bugs Lol You can also use your totes as your bags We do that often times Two buggies Scan and place in totes Re Getting Everything to Start in One Day in Anchorage Posted Sun May 10 2015 6 16 pm by jamieburgess Bushteacher thanks for the clarification I was a bit worried about that idea What types of bugs can I expect to encounter in mid July besides mosquitoes I always find it funny how each state comes with its own set of insect pests We had crickets spiders and silverfish in Colorado brown crickets Oriental roaches and scorpions here in Arizona I was going to bring some Deep Woods Off in my checked luggage I am not sure if I ll have time to go back to my lodgings for packing then going back to the post office but it s a good suggestion so I ll see if it might work out I hope the portable scale will at least get me very close to the 50 lb limit until my skill in estimating weight increases Re Getting Everything to Start in One Day in Anchorage Posted Sun May 10 2015 8 30 pm by Bushteachers jamieburgess wrote Bushteacher thanks for the clarification I was a bit worried about that idea What types of bugs can I expect to encounter in mid July besides mosquitoes I always find it funny how each state comes with its own set of insect pests We had crickets spiders and silverfish in Colorado brown crickets Oriental roaches and scorpions here in Arizona I was going to bring some Deep Woods Off in my checked luggage I am not sure if I ll have time to go back to my lodgings for packing then going back to the post office but it s a good suggestion so I ll see if it might work out I hope the portable scale will at least get me very close to the 50 lb limit until my skill in estimating weight increases Maybe no see ums Anchorage isn t nearly as bad as where you are going Make sure your bug dope has deet Don t forget you can pack up to 70 lbs in the totes Make sure you get the rubbermaid 18 gallon ones Re Getting Everything to Start in One Day in Anchorage Posted Mon May 11 2015 10 21 am by Bushteachers Not sure if it has been mentioned or not but I recommend trying to shop at one location If you have your address to the school start shopping on Amazon Paper towels and toilet paper are great on there You could also contact the Debarr Rd Fred s for bush orders 907 269 1700 press 2 0 1 and speak with Anna She is great Anyways you can save your time and pay 10 plus shipping totally worth it and they pack the stuff great You can have stuff waiting for you Which makes life less stressful Re Getting Everything to Start in One Day in Anchorage Posted Mon May 11 2015 3 41 pm by tnuts20 When would be a good time to start shipping items I plan on flying out on July 21st getting my shopping done and then heading to Atqasuk I will go to the village before the new teacher training Re Getting Everything to Start in One Day in Anchorage Posted Mon May 11 2015 4 00 pm by Bushteachers tnuts20 wrote When would be a good time to start shipping items I plan on flying out on July 21st getting my shopping done and then heading to Atqasuk I will go to the village before the new teacher training We are relocating this school year darn budget cuts though we are extremely excited about the new location and we ve already started shipping stuff and plan to be in new village around July 8th If you are mailing from lower 48 it ll take 2 6 weeks for parcel post packages to arrive But it ll be expensive If it ll fit in flat rate boxes that s the way to go I shipped 60lb adjustable dumbbells in a large flat rate with bags of rice to pad 68 lbs from GA to AK 17 lol Talk with your site principal Someone from the school should be able to pick it up and store in the gym or classroom Here s another idea Buy a dehydrator and start buying cheap produce and dehydrating it Mail the veggies up Over a year shelf life and much lighter Great for soups or casseroles Re Getting Everything to Start in One Day in Anchorage Posted Mon May 18 2015 4 37 pm by schneidler I m late to this thread but wanted to speak to the concern that the original poster had about the 75 baggage fee for the cooler full of frozen food You don t have to pay that if you are a club 49 Alaska Airlines member which gives you 2 free bags as long as your ticket starts or ends in an Alaska city and THREE free bags on flights within Alaska Membership is free Also Delta is in cutthroat competition with Alaska Air right now and they have started their own free baggage policy just for alaskans As for the coolers vs totes vs boxes I like the cooler because a it ROLLS and b I live in a village that requires 2 flights from Anchorage with sometimes a few hours in the town in between Bethel A box is ok for frozen food in the winter time but not for chill food and not so good for anything in the summer Also John s advice about using frozen veggies instead of ice is spot on I m an ice cream fan and usually ship 1 cooler with nothing but ice cream surrounded by cheap frozen peas and corn I wouldn t trust it to make it ok in a box due to the long travel time Also good advice from bushteachers to buy as much as you can online beforehand I would add that if you belong to samsclub you can buy it online and they have it ready for you the next day You just walk in and pay and walk out they have it all pulled and ready to pick up HUGE time saver Costco will do this too but only if it totals 1 000 minimum I believe and you kind of have to find the right person by phone beforehand And if you didn t get everything you wanted don t panic you can always order from a service like this one https www facebook com AlaskaBushShoppers1 express yourself expeditors span alaska etc The line at the airport post office seems highly unpredictable I ve seen it with lines out the door late at night and the next night at the same time with no line at all Re Getting Everything to Start in One Day in Anchorage Posted Mon May 18 2015 4 40 pm by schneidler Also I want to add that you should always try amazon I still get surprised at what is available there from king sized mattresses really to car batteries especially if you are a prime member you might be surprised at what you can get Re Getting Everything to Start in One Day in Anchorage Posted Mon May 18 2015 9 24 pm by Bushteachers schneidler wrote Also I want to add that you should always try amazon I still get surprised at what is available there from king sized mattresses really to car batteries especially if you are a prime member you might be surprised at what you can get Do you know of anyone that has scored on the king mattress yet Lol We have tried four vendors with free shipping until I put the address in 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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Getting Everything to Start in One Day in Anchorage!
    months to get everything cleaned out including the rats and mice all that spilled grain attracted into the Post Office In a small village you REALLY don t want to tick off the Post Office people or the school secretary or the school custodians while we re on the subject Good luck and welcome to Alaska Donna Re Getting Everything to Start in One Day in Anchorage Posted Wed May 27 2015 2 12 pm by Bushteachers marymatt718 wrote And I ll also add my 2 cents Hi Jamie I am one of the teachers who meets our school s new teachers in Anchorage each fall to help them shop I have a packet of information I send to them which I would be glad to send you Email me at dmatthews swrsd org if you d like to have it and I ll send it out I put it together from information I got on this forum when I came my first year quite a bit of it from Johncn as well as information from other teachers and my own personal experience It has specifics for our school location but also a lot of general information anyone can use It doesn t cost a thing to email it to you so if you want it I ll send it Just so you know the post office has started limiting their hours As of March of this year 2015 when I was in Anchorage for a vet appointment for my dogs their hours were the following M F 8 am to 11 pm and Sat Sun 9 am to 11 pm Some of what s in the packet Instead of rolling coolers which can be expensive to purchase consider using the insulated fish boxes that are available at Walmart These are cardboard boxes that are lined with styrofoam and they are used by tourist fisherman to get their frozen fish home The rolling carts at the airport are free to use so you don t really need something with wheels I have dogs in XL kennels and I never have trouble getting the 2 carts I need to get them through check in I would guess the fish boxes are also lighter than most coolers so you can use more of your weight allowance for product instead of packaging Duct tape them for extra strength and you will have no problem One of the reasons I help our new teachers is so we all have enough weight 1100 pounds to get a bypass mail shipment together and I don t have to deal with a bunch of boxes when I m getting two giant dogs back out to my village If you are in a large enough school you might want to try that in the future We had 11 teachers and spouses included of us go in on a shipment last year which was nearly 4000 pounds It cost us just over 4000 to send out fresh frozen everything no packing they did all of that So for just over 1 a pound we got all our stuff sent right to our village We used Express Yourself Expeditors which I found on the ATP shopping and shipping section of their website These expeditors are AWESOME Chris Jett is VERY helpful Amazon Prime will be a lifesaver for you so spend the money for it It will pay for itself many times over Amazon also now has a Subscribe and Save service that sends you staples on a subscription basis I get dog food both dry and canned marinara sauce pasta cereal GF products laundry supplies toilet paper paper towels peanut butter instant tea coffee all from this service some things once a month some every other month some every six months You save 5 on each item and 15 if you get at least 5 items a month My dry dog food is 58 a bag in my village but it s 25 a bag on Amazon Subscribe and Save with free Prime shipping If you choose Prime eligible items the shipping even to Alaska is free Also don t buy microwaves coffee pots pots and pans dishes flatware or any of that heavy stuff in the lower 48 or in Anchorage Look for it on Amazon and find ones eligible for Prime free shipping and order it about 10 days before you expect to arrive in your village You won t have to pack it and you won t have to pay to ship the weight and if it s damaged in shipment Amazon is easier and faster to deal with than the USPS There are dried vegetables available on Amazon unless you really want to buy a dehydrator I bought a bunch last year and I still have some of them I use them in soups and stews Also check the post on this forum from Bushteachers about using Fred Meyer Bush orders for produce Awesome advice Full Circle is an option but try to go in with some other teachers and get the largest box Most of the cost is shipping so you get more for your money with a larger box just make sure you have a cargo company other than Everts who ships to your village full disclosure there is bad blood between Everts and me concerning their customer service Others love them but anyway enough said If you have a Target Red Card you can order stuff from Target with free shipping also I bought a king size bed frame from Target last year and it was shipped to my village for free and I saved another 5 on the item just because I had a Red Card The drawback to Target is that not everything on their site is available to be shipped Some things are in store only but they still have great stuff available and when there is a sale you get that 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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - ESOL Jobs in Alaska
    a teaching certificate My B S and M Ed are both in SPED so I don t foresee a problem there Except I don t want a SPED job My endorsements in ESOL English and Italian all come from having coursework equivalent to a major I think that earns HQ status as well but it varies state to state In Illinois I am only a couple of hours from endorsements in Visual Art and Social Science Psychology including taking the exams in those areas I think that s why I really like the idea of teaching in a small school getting to use all the skills I have and all the knowledge I ve accumulated You sound from this description like a good candidate for a Generalist position I think you said in that thread that you are certified in English as well but not the grade level As the other poster in this thread indicated Generalist jobs are very common in Alaska and usually require someone with broad experience and the ability to teach in multiple subject areas Whether you want a Special Education job or not assuming you have your university s institutional recommendation for having completed a training program in Special Education and student taught in that subject along with your B S and M Ed work districts will notice this in your background Rural and remote districts who want to hire you for a Generalist or almost any teaching job on a small staff are going to see your Special Ed certification and probably want you to have some IEP responsibilities That doesn t mean that you d be in an actual SpEd job per se but a Generalist who has Alaska certification in both English and Special Education and can can therefore manage a small number of IEPs for students in his or her classroom would be highly desired in small rural schools Have some other certifications and or coursework in diverse subject areas Great those would also add to your Generalist appeal for sure Alaska EED does not have its own set of teaching endorsement categories and ranges for those who are coming in as certified teachers They mirror whatever the state credential you come in with has in terms of subject area and grade level and use the institutional recommendation form filled out by the dean or department chair at the university where you did your pre service training courses as the basis The status of being highly qualified or obtaining endorsements through taking exams only is a very tricky thing some say it s more alchemy than chemistry You d need to consult with Alaska EED to get a better sense of options there Sondra Meredith and her staff do a great job communicating by email for folks in your situation Alaska Teacher Certification http education alaska gov TeacherCertification tcwebmail alaska gov Her live chat a couple weeks ago covered Teacher Certification Q A as the topic and is archived on the

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