Alaska Transition to Teaching (AKT2)
Recent College Graduates
Alaska Transition to Teaching (AKT2) is seeking motivated recent college graduates of all ages to start working as teachers in highneeds rural Alaskan schools. AKT2 is a great opportunity for individuals who did not major in education but now wish to make a difference in the lives of middle school and high school age students.
Did you major in biology, chemistry, engineering, or any other math or science related field? Or how about English? If so, you may be eligible to work in the highest needs content areas, such as science and math, currently sought by school districts. Use your academic content knowledge to become part of the workforce that is making a difference in the lives of children throughout the State of Alaska. As a teacher, you will have the opportunity to use your content knowledge to present concepts in various ways and create moments of understanding that are individually satisfying.
In past years there has been a lower need for teachers outside the core content areas of English, mathematics, and science. In order to make themselves more marketable to AKT2's partner districts, individuals wishing to teach in areas like social studies, history, business, art, and music are encouraged to pass Praxis II assessments in areas of higher need before the March hiring season begins.
Some of the partner districts have active place-based curricula that inspire teachers to use the local environment to support Alaska state standards, such as math or science. These projects may include snaring beaver to learn about basic biological principles or building a fish rack to apply geometric knowledge learned in the classroom. Oftentimes, incorporating local traditions leads to the teacher facilitating cultural activities during class. Inviting elders into your classroom can make the learning process more valid for many students, increasing the potential for student understanding.