Some Alaska's schools are now releasing for summer
vacation, or getting ready to transition. Many school
districts are actively recruiting now for positions which
start in August. ATP has now announced an in-person-only in
Anchorage on Friday, June 30 at the Hotel Captain
Cook! ATP has a special rate of $255 per night during
this very busy and expensive summer season. The deadline for this rate is June 1, 2023!
Friday, June 30, 2023
Hotel Captain Cook
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Every year candidates ask Alaska Teachers and Personnel lots of good questions. Here are some of the more common ones related to the ATP Job Fairs.
Over 45 of Alaska's 52 school districts normally attend the Anchorage Educator Expo. This is the premier job fair for Alaskan teaching jobs and the venue from which more Alaskan teaching jobs are filled than any other. A list of the school districts taking part in the Lower 48 Job Fair will be posted closer to the date of the event.
There is no guarantee. However, many districts come to the Job Fair prepared to offer contracts to candidates they desire. Do your research ahead of time so you know in which districts you most interested. Then watch those openings and contract them at the Job Fair.
The time varies. Some districts are under very tight timelines and will need an answer within hours. Others will have more flexibility. Usually, "sleeping on it" overnight is common. Keep this in mind - You have come to a Job Fair and are interviewing for a job. You should already know if you want to come to Alaska to work. Once you've gotten an interview be prepared to accept or decline.
Be Professional – If you are not interested in a job, do not string a district along – decline the job so they can offer it to another candidate. Also, if you tell a district that you will have a decision for them in a given amount of time, stick to the timeline. Districts have other candidates who may be able to fill the position that you decline.
We strongly encourage that educators explore all possibilities. If you are receiving pressure to sign a contract before you are ready, consider asking for more time to consult and do more research, ask to speak with a teacher or administrator from the school site (video conferencing is available to many schools), or simply indicate that you need more time to consider your options. With that said, if the job is one that you have researched well, and feel is an especially good fit, go for it!
Absolutely! You can expect school districts to do background checks and contact your references. In fact, you should bring a list of primary and secondary contact numbers that can be reached during the job fair if you hope to get a contract during the fair itself. Few districts will hire without doing "due diligence".
Staying at the host hotel will save you time and money. ATP has been able to negotiate a special rate for job fair participants and staying close to the job fair will help reduce the cost of transportation (rental car or taxi cab). In addition, there will other ATP related events taking place during the evening for educators and districts. You will also be in close proximity in the event school districts want to reach you. Staying at the host hotel can also make you more visible to school districts.
Districts like to interview all potential teaching candidates, especially couples. However, if your spouse can not attend, bring copies of both of your resumes, and introduce yourself as a teaching couple. Your spouse should be available for a phone or Skype interview and you should inform districts that he/she is available via phone or Skype.
Often, graduates seeking employment in the same village will approach school districts together. Districts also often need to economize on housing and these arrangements can sometimes be accommodated.
Download the brochures for the Job Fairs. These documents provide the basic information of what you need. There is a brochure for each of the fairs, and they are linked above where the details for each job fair is listed. You can download them in PDF format. Also, do your research on the regions and school districts in Alaska. Know that weather, cultures, transportation, housing and other things vary in different areas of Alaska. Get a basic grasp of the state's geography, climates and cultures.
So, you keep hearing "do your homework" about districts, the state itself, and the cultures. You may be wondering where to do that. Check out the links to your left. There is a growing body of content there that is written by teachers and school administrators. The links will provide you with the other resources you need to learn about the state, its geography, cultural and logistical issues. Dig deep!