ERIC Number: ED432420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Want To Work in Alaska's Schools? A Guide for Educators.
This manual offers practical advice to educators on conducting a job search and obtaining a position in Alaska. Alaska Teacher Placement (University of Alaska Fairbanks) is a statewide clearinghouse for the placement of educators. Although Alaska's certification requirements are similar to those of other states, school administrators are also concerned with personality and look for educators who can cope with Alaska's unusual conditions. The greatest need for educators is in rural areas. Prospective rural teachers must consider whether they can adapt to geographic isolation, extreme weather, substandard housing, and the needs of working and living in a cross-cultural setting. Data tables outline food costs and teacher salaries in various communities. Alaska's school district organization is discussed, followed by sketches of the terrain, climate, and other features of Alaska's geographic regions. Profiles of Alaska's 53 school districts describe features of the climate, location, schools, and population and give each district's racial composition. A summary table lists districts' area in square miles, population, number of schools, enrollment, availability of district housing, and median family income. The Alaska Teacher Placement process includes registration, referral of job openings to qualified registrants, telephone interviews, and spring and summer job fairs. Suggestions are offered for learning about Alaska and applying for certification. The special skills and qualities needed in a small school and community are briefly discussed. Includes photographs, a map of Alaska's schools, contact information for school districts, and suggested readings. (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Alaska Teacher Placement.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska