- Cama-i, quyana tailuci!
- (Central Yup’ik)
- "Greetings, thank you for coming!"
The Professional Teaching Practices Commission’s intent is to serve as a preventative and positive force in helping to enhance the professional performance of all educators so that the public’s right to the best education possible for all of Alaska’s students is adequately protected.
In 1966, the education profession in the state of Alaska was granted the right and responsibility to define and to enforce ethical standards of its members. The Alaska Legislature established and empowered a nine-member Commission to impose sanctions against the certificates of educators who engage in illegal, immoral, or unethical conduct. The Professional Teaching Practices Commission is composed of five teachers, one superintendent, one principal, one representative of the Department of Education & Early Development, and one representative of higher education.
The PTPC staff has updated several documents recently. The Code of Ethics of the Education Profession is up to date with language revisions made in 2017 and 2018, as authorized in Sec. 14.20.460 Duties of the Commission (1) establish procedures, and adopt regulations to implement the purposes of AS 14.20.370 -14.20.510.
There are four versions of the Code of Ethics in the links below. The PTPC is not printing large sized posters of the Code of Ethics at this time.
Additionally, the PTPC Handbook for Alaska Educators is also revised with the current Code of Ethics language. The Handbook provides educators with the statutes and regulations that PTPC uses to process complaints and to sanction certificates of educators if evidence is found to warrant a sanction.
The PTPC policies are updated and compiled in the 2019 Policy Brochure. And lastly, the Complaint Form is revised. These documents are found in the Quick Links.
The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) provides resources to the PTPC, such as the Clearinghouse. School districts may join the NASDTEC network. NASDTEC has many other resources including the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE). Information about MCEE is provided under the Resources section in the link “A Look at the Model Code of Ethics for Educators.”
- Code of Ethics Poster (11 X 17)
- Code of Ethics Three Column
- Code of Ethics Three Column with changes highlighted
- Code of Ethics Full Page
The Alaska State Professional Teaching Practices Commission (PTPC) is tentatively scheduled to meet October 10-11, 2019, January 30-31, 2020, and April 23-24, 2020 in Anchorage for the 2020 fiscal year. The Commission plans to consider disciplinary actions against certificate holders, to conduct administrative reviews, and to discuss other Commission business.
Individuals with disabilities who may need auxiliary aid, service, or assistance may contact the PTPC office prior to the meeting. The public is welcome. For more information, call PTPC 269-6579.
- Executive Director
- 550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1240
Anchorage, AK 99501
- Telephone: (907) 269-6579
Fax: (907) 269-5070
- 2020 Commission Meetings
- October 10-11, 2019
- January 30-31, 2020
- April 23-24, 2020
- Complaint Form (word)
- Code of Ethics of the Education Profession
- Brochure Version (pdf)
- Complaint procedures
- PTPC Handbook for Alaska Educators (docx)
- 2019 Policy Brochure (docx)
- View Sanctioned Certificates
Recent Commission Action
David DeVaughn (North Pole)
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
Diane Kardash (North Pole)
Higher Education Representative, Vice Chair
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Tony Graham (Soldotna)
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Lem Wheeles (Anchorage)
Anchorage School District
Chris Reitan (Craig)
Craig City Schools
Tamara Van Wyhe (Juneau)
Department of Education and
Early Development Representative
Kent Runion (Valdez)
Teacher Representative, Secretary
Valdez City Public Schools
Janine Todd (Delta Junction)
Delta Greely School District
Maureen van Wagner (Anchorage)
Teacher Representative, Chair
Anchorage School District
The Professional Teaching Practices Commission deals with matters of professional conduct and certification. It has the responsibility and the power to discipline members of the teaching profession and may issue reprimands, suspensions, and/or revocations of educators’ certificates.