Strategies and Resources
- Awareness of Alaska’s Equity Plan
- Presentations to Key Stakeholder Groups on Alaska’s Equity Plan
- Ongoing Data Collection and Analysis including Alaska District Equity Reports
- Review of Strategies and Sharing Best Practices
- Support for 12 Targeted Districts
- Recruitment of Teachers
- Identify and mitigate certification barriers for out-of-state teachers relocating to Alaska to teach (Teacher Certification).
- Collaboration with other organizations’ efforts including Coalition for Education Equity of Alaska (CEAAC), The Partnership for Public Education, and Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR)
- Preparation of Teachers
- Support of Alaska’s Future Educator of Alaska (FEA), Preparing Indigenous Teachers & Administrators for Alaska Schools (PITAAS), and Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP)
- Collaboration with Alaska Universities and Colleges on UA’s Plan for Revitalizing Teacher Education in Alaska (RTEA) including the expansion of student internships in remote rural schools
- Alignment with Educator Evaluation & Support (EES) and Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP)
- Support of Teachers and Leaders
- Coordination with Alaska Statewide Mentor Project (ASMP); Alaska Administrative Coaching Project (AACP) and State System of Support (SSOS)
- Oversight of Alaska Districts’ Education Evaluation & Support (EES) systems
- Collaboration with the Alaska Learning Network (AKLN) and Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative
- Crosswalk the Salary & Benefits Schedule and Teacher Tenure Study completed by (CAEPR)
Below are the current definitions in Alaska’s Equity Plan based on the NCLB enactment of ESEA. The definitions will need to be reviewed with the ESSA enactment of ESEA.
- Excellent teacher is licensed and fully prepared to teach in his/her assigned content area. Teacher New-to-the-District – A teacher in their first year of teaching in the district in which they are currently employed. Inexperienced teachers are a subset of this category.
- Teacher New-to-the-District – A teacher in their first year of teaching in the district in which they are currently employed. Inexperienced teachers are a subset of this category.
- Inexperience Teacher – A teacher in their first year of teaching in any school, subject or grade. The number of year(s) of teaching experience includes the current year but does not include any student teaching or similar preparation experiences.
- Unqualified Teacher – An educator with a bachelor’s degree and no educator preparation. They are currently teachers of record as a subject-matter expert, through an alternative route or a Special Education waiver and enrolled in an educator preparation program.
- Out-of-Field Teacher - A teacher who is teaching an academic subject or a grade level for which the teacher is not highly qualified.
- Low-income student (Economically Disadvantaged Student) – A student who is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals under the Department’s Alaska Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced Meals Program, as defined in 4 AAC 06.899.(5).
- Minority Student (Students of Color) – A student identified as a member of a minority race or ethnicity (e.g., African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or two or more races, as defined in 4 AAC 06.899).