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Old 04-28-2017, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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This in ADN this morning is good info for any wannabe teachers from the lower 48 wanting to come to Alaska on a whim.
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/educ...ty-study-says/
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Old 04-28-2017, 07:07 PM
 
Location: In the middle of nowhere
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Not only will IASD (the district mentioned in this article) lose 8 teachers at the end of this school year, we lost several teachers before Thanksgiving. I know teaching is hard, but it is also hard on the students and the other teachers that stay when a teacher leaves during the school year.
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Old 04-28-2017, 08:08 PM
 
Location: NoVA
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Not only will IASD (the district mentioned in this article) lose 8 teachers at the end of this school year, we lost several teachers before Thanksgiving. I know teaching is hard, but it is also hard on the students and the other teachers that stay when a teacher leaves during the school year.
Out of curiosity, why do you think so many leave?
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Old 04-28-2017, 11:04 PM
 
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Out of curiosity, why do you think so many leave?
Lots of different reasons. We left IASD when our job was cut and the administration was changing. Not for the best IMO. However the super in the article seems to be a great lady. My friends that are staying love her.
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Old 04-29-2017, 09:01 AM
 
Location: In the middle of nowhere
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In McGrath, new teachers are expected to find their own housing. In some of the other places in the district, they may have housing or are given a stipend. Housing may be around $1000.00 or more a month after utilities are added in for a small drafty place. Food for a month may be around $500. 00 and it is hard when the only local store if there is one has little to offer. Many of the new teachers decide to not get transportation as they are within a 10 minute walk from the school. In some ways they feel it is like getting sent to a third world country. There is generally 10-15 kids per class, but there is usually several different grades and teachers are expected to also do phys. ed, art, music, ect. They might end up working during lunch or have to do recess duty. They may also be asked to help with carnival duties, or other extracurricular activities. Also the teachers are more likely to be white and non native, which means that they would not qualify for benefits that the village would offer to natives. If the teacher is new to Alaska, they also would not be able to subsistence hunt even if they had access to subsistence land.
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Old 04-29-2017, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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Sounds like the rural teachers face some difficulties mainly housing and job security. How does the problem ever get fixed, or will there always be high teacher turnover in the bush?
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Old 04-29-2017, 11:43 AM
 
Location: At the end of the road
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Sounds like the rural teachers face some difficulties mainly housing and job security. How does the problem ever get fixed, or will there always be high teacher turnover in the bush?
In the past, decent teachers did not have to worry as much about job security because there was money to pay them. Most come, stay a couple of years, and then leave because of the isolation, if they last that long. Now, job security is definitely an issue for non-tenured teachers because of the budget cuts but that isn't fixable at the district level.

In the two districts where my husband has worked, the districts provided subsidized housing and utilities, along with paying the entire cost of health insurance. They also gave him one round trip plane ticket per year from Anchorage. That really helped but in the end, the teachers who end up staying are the ones who really do embrace the rural lifestyle. Nothing the districts do can truly prepare a person for that moment when they arrive at their destination, look around, and wonder just what they have gotten themselves into. The ones who stay just roll with the new normal.

In the village where my husband is currently working, the school district resided all the teacher housing a couple of years ago. Because of that, they would not let the teachers get TV or internet because they did not want satellite dishes on the building. I thought that was nuts. How do they expect to retain millennials if they do not at least let them have access to the internet at home? Apparently, the current principal came up with a work around so this year they did have access.
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Old 04-30-2017, 10:55 AM
 
Location: In the middle of nowhere
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There is definitely isolation, I think especially for the females, because they are probably less interested in things like fishing and hunting and there may not be many social activities, except a pot-luck and then you don't know if you should go, you need to take food, ect. Many new teachers here don't show for the few social activities much, then they go away for Christmas, and sometimes spring break. They seem busy a lot and because they don't have transportation, they don't go very far. I have offered some snowmachine rides, and take them moose if they want some. Sometimes I offer them dinner, but I live on the other side of town and have a small dry cabin. I think if the teachers are flexible enough, they probably would be able to stay with the district here because some will leave. But you might be moved to another village then.
Also you sometimes feel like you are in a fishbowl here and when you go to a social activity, people will probably talk to you about your job. There is also little interest here with the parents about school. There is definitely abuse of alcohol here with the parents, I wouldn't call it alcoholism though. Also one thing I noticed here is kids being gone alot, the parents go off on vacations when it's convenient for them, and don't expect kids to do make-up work. I went to school in the 70's and things are a lot different now.
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