- Cama-i, quyana tailuci!
- (Central Yup’ik)
- "Greetings, thank you for coming!"
"The cornerstone of a great educational program starts with a great teacher. Alaska for too long has suffered from high teacher turnover rates and an inability to attract and retain quality teachers in some of the most remote parts of our state.
Therefore, I’ve instructed the Commissioner of Education to assemble a working group made up of teachers, administrators, and others to review the root causes of our retention and recruitment issues, including reviewing working conditions and benefits in order to attract and retain great teachers. The Commissioner, with the help of this working group will develop a plan that addresses this issue." – Governor Mike Dunleavy, 2020 State of the State Address
The purpose of this working group is to review the root causes of Alaska’s teacher retention and recruitment issues and propose solutions to better attract and retain great teachers. Knowing the cornerstone of a great educational program starts with a great teacher, this working group will seek to problem solve this component of the system to ensure Alaska can provide an excellent education for every student every day. The Commissioner of Education, with the help of this working group, will develop a plan that proposes practical, professional, and policy recommendations for the Governor through research-based methods as well as represented stakeholder groups.
The working group is made up of members, advisors, and legislative observers representing Alaska regionally; rural, urban schools; teacher, administrator, student, school board roles; early career to long-term experience; Pre-K, K-12, higher education; and practitioners, support organizations, policy makers. Members will provide insights and discussion around the topics of:
- existing literature on retention,
- existing literature on recruitment,
- new research on priorities for leaving,
- new research on priorities for staying,
- integrated solutions with current reality,
- findings and recommendations,
- and review of written reports.
Timeline for Completing Major Tasks
Meeting Schedule and Agenda
Summary Meeting Notes
June 23-24, 2020:
The working group's purpose is to provide practical, professional, and policy recommendations for the Governor to solve the persistent teacher retention and recruitment issues in Alaska. We had discussions in small groups that were vibrant and robust, centered around nationwide trends and issues regarding mentoring, teacher preparation, retention factors, recruitment, and equity in education. Developing home grown teachers was discussed as one important avenue to recruiting and retaining teachers who are dedicated to Alaska's education system. The list of articles discussed by members is shown below. The older articles were specifically selected to also test out our process of making and sharing notes. We recognized that many of the nationwide trends are good to look at to start and now we need to bring it back to an Alaska focus and updated research. We plan to discuss another list of intended articles, shared below, when we come back together in July. We also discussed the potential of having guest speakers and the need to understand the resources we currently have in the state. We are also going to consider how COVID-19 impacts our conversation as well as our recruitment and retention efforts.
Articles: June Reading List
Darling-Hammond, L. (2007). The Flat Earth and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future. Educational Researcher, Vol. 36, No. 6, pp. 318-334
Hanushek, E. A., & Rivkin, S. G. (2010). Constrained Job Matching: Does Teacher Job Search Harm Disadvantaged Urban Schools? NBER Working Paper No. 15816. Retrieved from https://www.nber.org/papers/w15816
Ingersoll, R., & Strong, M. (2011). The Impact of Induction and Mentoring Programs for Beginning Teachers: A Critical Review of the Research. Retrieved from https://repository.upenn.edu/gse_pubs/127
Ingersoll, R., & May, H. (2011). Recruitment, Retention, and the Minority Teacher Shortage. CPRE Research Report # RR-69. Retrieved from https://www.cpre.org/publications
Ingersoll, R., Merrill, L. & May, H. (2012). Retaining Teachers: How Preparation Matters. Educational Leadership. Retrieved from https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ988729
McDiarmid, G. W., Larson, E., & Hill, A. (2002). Retaining Quality Teachers for Alaska. Report for UA and AK DEED. Retrieved from https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED474247
Friday, May 29, 2020 - Kick Off Meeting:
- Completed introductions and agreed on norms for collaboration.
- Cast the vision and purpose for the working group.
- Set norms for how to conduct the work and share insights.