Alaska Transition to Teaching (AKT2)
Paraprofessionals and Substitute Teachers
Alaska Transition to Teaching (AKT2) is actively recruiting paraprofessionals and substitute teachers with college degrees. As a classroom aide or substitute teacher, you have had the benefit of working alongside teachers as part of a teaching team. Your classroom experience is invaluable for becoming a teacher of record. Many paraprofessionals work in the communities where they teach and are often employed longer than the teachers who come from outside the community. AKT2 will provide you with an opportunity to become a teacher during the summer months so you can begin teaching in the fall. AKT2 works with 15 partner districts that may allow many paraprofessionals to work either in the community or in the district.
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.