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ATP Job Fair Added in July!

As always, Alaska-focused Job Fairs have been held in March, April and May, 2017. For the first time in many years, however, Alaska Teacher Placement is having a Summer Job Fair!

Are you a certified teacher in Alaska or another state or territory who wants to work in Alaska for the coming school year? If so, come meet district hiring staff at a special event in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska! This job fair is perfect for new or experienced teachrs who can potentially make a move a new district for an August start date. Registration is now open at the link above, or directly here:

ATP Summer 2017 Job Fair Registration


Anchorage, Alaska - Saturday, July 15, 2017
1:00 - 6:00 PM
UAA Gorsuch Commons
3700 Sharon Gagnon Lane, Room 106
Anchorage, Alaska

Because hotels in Anchorage can be fairly expensive during the peak of the summer travel season, we recommend that  candidates traveling for this fair consider UAA's Residence Hall Lodging program.  This is also the campus where the July 15 event will be held, so should be very convenient! 

There is an online reservation form that will allow to rent a residence hall room or suite at a reasonable rate - on a first come, first served basis.  If considering this option, you should reserve soon.

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UAA Summer Lodging Rates


Job Fair Candidates

2017 Job Fair Information

This section has updated information about this coming spring's ATP Job Fairs. These events are open only to Alaskan school districts and other education agency employers, and welcome job candidates from any location. Links to download detailed information about each job fair, as well as hotel booking and special rate information that ATP has negotiated for candidates attending that event, will be added when that becomes available.

Note: Hotel rooms at the ATP rate are limited, so book as soon as you are able to confirm your travel plans.

ATP Anchorage Job Fair

March 17-18, 2017
Hotel Captain Cook
Anchorage, Alaska
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Thursday, March 16, 2017 - Registration Open
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday - Job Fair, March 17, 2017
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Saturday - Job Fair, March 18, 2017

Hotel Captain Cook - ATP Job Fair Reservations!
Click here for Captain Cook Reservations!

Download Brochure & Hotel Info: 2017 ANC Flyer

Portland L48 Job Fair

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Crowne Plaza Downtown Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

Download Brochure & Hotel Info: 2017 PDX Flyer

Minneapolis L48 Job Fair - New!

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport - Reservations Link
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Download Brochure & Hotel Info: 2017 MSP Flyer

Austin L48 Job Fair 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Embassy Suites Austin Central
Austin, Texas

Download Brochure & Hotel Info: 2017 AUS Flyer

ATP Live Chats & Virtual Job Fairs

ATP's live chats are online video presentations with special guests. Participants log in and watch the live video of the presenter and interact via a text chat window. The guests answer participants' questions live via video. Virtual Job Fairs use the same interactive interface to bring one or more school districts and their representatives, live, to participants who can interact via a chat window.

ATP Live Chats - 2017 Live Chat Dates

2017 ATP Live Chat Schedule - All ATP Live Chats start at 3:00 p.m.
Date / Time
Guest Topic
February 9th 
Josh & Janice Bullock - Dillingham Schools Living / Working in Rural Alaska
February 16th Sondra Meredith - Alaska DEED Alaska Teacher Certification Q&A
February 23rd Toni McFadden - ATP Manager
Tips & Tricks for Online Application
March 2nd
Toni McFadden - ATP Manager Getting Ready for ATP's Lower 48 Job Fairs

Frequently Asked Questions About Job Fairs

Every year candidates ask Alaska Teacher Placement lots of good questions. Here are some of the more common ones related to the ATP Job Fairs.

How many districts attend?

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.

Will I get a contract?

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.

How long do I get to decide?

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.

Can I get a contract earlier?

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!

Do districts check references?

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".

Should I stay at the host hotel?

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.

What if my spouse can't attend?

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.

Can my friend and I teach together?

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.

What should I know before a fair?

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.

How do I learn about districts?

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!

At the Job Fair in Anchorage ATP arranges to have a resource area, and computers available for you to research villages and districts. ATP sets up a resource room with online computers, books, maps, and videos to help educate candidates. This is not possible at the other job fairs, so do that homework before you get there.