Alaska Information Session RSVP

Alaska Information Session RSVP

Why Alaska?
• Alaska is unique – it is vast, and has a climate, history and population distinct from Western NY. Alaska is a predominantly rural state, with most communities disconnected from the road system, and 200+ Alaska Native tribes and villages spread out over hundreds of thousands of square miles.
• Alaska is diverse - Schools in rural Alaska are incredibly diverse places, and usually function as community centers for much village life in subsistence-based communities. Many villages have retained strong cultural and tribal language traditions, and offer a unique experience for teacher candidates to learn their craft in vibrant, cross-cultural contexts. Student teaching in Alaska represents a continuation of Brockport’s commitment to preparing culturally competent teachers and engagement with the broader world beyond our walls.
• Alaska is affordable – Our partner districts provide one roundtrip air ticket from Rochester, free housing, and stipends ($50/day plus school breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday in NW Arctic, $250/month in Lake & Pen) to participating teacher candidates.
Brockport’s partners in Alaska include the Northwest Arctic Borough School District (NWABSD), the Lake and Peninsula School District (LPSD), and the Nenana School District. This opportunity will be offered both fall and spring semesters. Depending on capacity at school sites in Alaska, candidates may spend a full semester in Alaska, or may divide the student teaching semester between Alaska and a student teaching placement in a NY state school. Student teaching in Alaska is approved by NYSED and meets requirements for NYS teacher certification.
Dr. Chris Wilkens will share information about this exciting new student teaching option on Tuesday, February 19th from 3:45-4:45PM and Wednesday, February 20th from 5-6PM. The sessions are taking place in the Special Collections Room in Drake Library. Hope to see you there! If you are interested but can't attend please let us know and we will send you information.