Alaska Transition to Teaching (AKT2)

Phase V - Teacher of Record

Candidates that complete the pre-service learning and find employment in a partner district become  Teachers of Record (AKT2 teachers). As Teachers of Record, AKT2 teachers earn a teacher salary, qualify for health insurance, and enroll in the State portable retirement through the Alaska Teacher Retirement System (TRS). Other benefits include the opportunity for AKT2 teachers to teach in their own classrooms and participate in cultural activities.

During the first year of teaching in an AKT2 partner district, AKT2 teachers will simultaneously complete an Individual Teacher Plan (ITP). The ITP guides teachers in submitting documents from their classroom that demonstrate the teacher’s progress in meeting the Beginning Teacher Standards and Competencies (BTSC). Documentation includes lesson plans, assessments, samples of student work, video clips, and reflections, as well as other items. Documents are submitted electronically to the AKT2 program where are they reviewed. The ITP is a significant project that will require effort from the teacher on a weekly basis. Successful completion of the ITP is a requirement for completing the AKT2 program.

AKT2 provides a network of support and resources designed to assist AKT2 teachers during their first years in the classroom. The AKT2 design provides ongoing professional development to AKT2 teachers throughout their commitment to meet the Beginning Teaching Standards and Competencies to ensure success as teachers. Each candidate is assigned a State mentor who serves as a source of support, guidance, and feedback during the program experience. Through the Statewide System of Support (SSOS), the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development provides opportunities for teachers to work with Content Coaches. The AKT2 team assists AKT2 teachers to integrate meaningful tools, research-based resources, and best practices.

Professional Development Resources

Statewide Mentors - Throughout your first two years as a teacher, you will be paired with a mentor from the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project. Research on beginning teachers who have received mentoring through the New Teacher Center model shows that after five years, over 94% of teachers remain in the profession. Additional research shows that mentored teachers achieve greater professional efficacy over the course of their careers and their students achieve greater gains. Working with a mentor, a candidate learns effective classroom strategies, behavior management, and other pedagogical tools of teaching. This support is provided for you once you are teaching in your first classroom.

Online Tools - As you work towards meeting the Beginning Teaching Standards and Competencies, you will be able to utilize online tools that articulate best practices for your professional development. Because each candidate enters the program with varying degrees of teaching experience, your training will be differentiated to meet your particular needs. You will be able to download assistive technology on-demand as you and your AKT2 candidate support team pinpoint specific areas of improvement.

Professional Learning Communities - You will participate in Professional Learning Communities in which AKT2 teachers, AKT2 staff, instructional leaders, and/or fellow teachers seek and share learning and then implement what they learn. AKT2 teachers will continue to participate as a Professional Learning Community in bi-weekly AKT2 webinars as well as in District Professional Learning Communities. The goal of all stakeholders involved is to enhance their effectiveness as professionals for student benefit. Professional Learning Community members work from a shared vision that is tailored to student learning and best practices.

Site Observations – AKT2 staff will travel to AKT2 teachers’ villages to provide AKT2 teachers with formal and informal observations. Observations will include various methods of evaluation including verbal and written feedback, self-evaluation, and video recorded lessons.

Mid-way through their second year of teaching, candidates will begin Phase VI.