Are you dreaming of moving to Alaska and not certain what to expect from the weather, or facilities, or transportation? Are you new to the teaching profession and wondering which school district or geographic region would be best for you? Log on to this live chat to get all your questions about living and teaching in Alaska answered.
The chat will be led by two experienced teachers, Carol Jerue and Abby Augustine, Carol has spent the last 35 years teaching in the Iditarod Area School District (Grayling, Anvik, Shageluk, Holy Cross and McGrath), the Saint Mary's School District, and the Anchorage School District (Mountain View, William Tyson, and Willow Crest Elementary Schools) She has taught in every grade level,and in single and multi-grade classrooms, and in many different positions including as a principal/teacher and as a reading/language arts/math Title I specialist. Abby Augustine was born in Kwiguk, Alaska and grew up in Emmonak on the Yukon Delta. Her elementary teaching career spanned positions in Mountain Village, Emmonak, Newtok, Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Charter School in Bethel, and work as a Bilingual Coordinator for Lower Yukon School District and the Yupiit School District. Following thirteen years as a Yup'ik language immersion teacher, she served as a Yup'ik Language Education Specialist for the Lower Kuskokwim School District.
Tips and Tricks for Educators attending the Alaska Teacher Placement Job Fairs Thursday, APRIL 4, 2013, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Alaska Standard Time (7:00 - 9:00 EST)
Log on before traveling to the Seattle, Anchorage or Minneapolis ATP Job Fairs to get some tips and hear some tricks on how to successfully market yourself to an Alaskan School District Superintendent at our Job Fairs. Our two experienced presenters--Brenda Luthi and Betty Walters-- will cover everything in this Live Chat from what to wear to an Alaskan interview, to what materials to bring and how to prepare for your interviews.
Alaska Teacher Placement Channel Video Archives
Tip: Previous Live Chat & Videos Available 24/7/356!
Think of it this way. At a most job fairs you only have a few moments to make an impression when you introduce yourself at the district's table or booth. Using the ATP Live Chat Area you can sometimes spend 20 or 30 minutes just getting ask and answer questions with school district administrators.
Confused? Check out our tutorial links or Live Help!
During scheduled events, ATP Live Help will be standing by at this address:
Participating in ATP's Live Events: Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: Create a Ustream Account
If you do not already have a free Ustream account, you need to create one that will inform everyone who you are, and what your areas of teaching or interest are.
Link to Create Ustream Account: http://www.ustream.tv/login-signup
You should create a username or "nickname" that will give potential employers or guests some idea of who you are, where you are from or what you teach.
Recommended Username Example: firstname_certification
Step 2: Go to the ATP Channel and Chat!
Once you create your account (or if you already have one), you can go to the ATP Channel for the live chat or Virtual Job Fair:
Alaska Teacher Placement Channel Chat Room: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/atp-virtual-job-fair
Although anyone can watch the video, and observe the chat without logging in, if you would like to ask a question or introduce yourself, you must be logged in. If you are logged in already, your username will appear on the list of visitors to the channel on the right side. Or, if not logged in your log in box will appear when you type your question or comment and hit return like this:
Either way, once logged in, just type a comment in the space and hit "Send". Your comment will then appear, and as you can see from this nonsense example, you can also click the control on the lower right to see who is in the chat, or to Private Message or Instant Message any user.
Step 3: Instant Message (IM) Others
You can also now click on any user to enter into a private chat that has it's own "tab" along the bottom. Others, including district recruiters during Virtual Job Fairs, will use this feature to talk privately with you…and vice versa. This is the best way to privately talk with district representatives, or when questions you need to ask someone will not benefit the group in the chat as a whole.
Notice that the private chat you are having with someone appears in a "tab" along the bottom of the chat screen. You can switch easily between the main chat and private conversations by clicking those tabs.
The ATP Live Events use software that most modern browsers on Windows, Macintosh and Linux computers can use.
Live Chat Requirements:
Internet Explorer or Firefox with Flash plug-in intalled and at least a 56K (dial-up) Internet Connection
During scheduled ATP Live Chats or Virtual Job Fairs, live help will be available here.