- 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.
In October 2017 the Professional Teaching Practices Commission proposed three changes to the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession. Three people submitted written public comment by the December 20, 2017 deadline. A review by the Department of Law followed, resulting in their acceptance of the three proposals. For consistency and clarity, the regulations attorneys made minor wording and formatting changes. 20 AAC 10.020 (Code of ethics and teaching standards) is changed to clarify that the Code of Ethics explicitly prohibits sexual contact between educators and recently graduated students for up to one year after graduation from high school. 20 AAC 10.035 (Moral turpitude) is changed by adding “providing students marijuana or marijuana related products” to the list of crimes of moral turpitude. 20 AAC 10.900 (Definitions) is changed by adding the definition of “student.” Lt. Governor Mallott signed the revisions on July 3, 2018 and they became effective August 2, 2018.
Below are links to four different presentations of the updated Code of Ethics. The changes took effect August 2, 2018. The PTPC is not printing large sized posters of the Code of Ethics at this time.
- 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 1-2, 2018, February 1, 2019, and April 25-26, 2019 in Anchorage for the 2019 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
- 2018-2019 Commission Meetings
- October 1-2, 2018
- January 31 - February 1, 2019
- April 25-26, 2019
- Determine if a violation has occurred (pdf)
- File a complaint (word)
- Complaint procedures
- View Sanctioned Certificates
- Contract Policy (pdf)
- Testing Policy (pdf)
- PTPC Statement on Highly Qualified (pdf)
- DPS/PTPC (pdf)
- Background Check (pdf)
- Policy on Hiring Uncertified Teachers (pdf)
- Code of Ethics of the Education Profession
- Brochure Version (pdf)
- Complaint Form (word)
- PTPC Handbook for Alaska Educators (pdf)
Recent Commission Action
- February 2019 (pdf)
- October 2018 (pdf)
- April 2018 (pdf)
- February 2018
- October 2017 (pdf)
- April 2017 (pdf)
- January 2017 (pdf)
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
Todd Smoldon (Willow)
Anchorage School District
David Piazza (North Pole)
Southwest Region School District (retired)
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.