Kaktovik School, AK " Native Art work class" © Kaden
A significant factor for healthy, resilient Arctic communities can be schools and teachers. However, a persistent problem in Arctic Alaska is high teacher turnover. Approximately 60% of Alaska’s teachers leave the Arctic region after less than two years, informally citing a list of reasons, many of which are tied to school and community relations.
Such high teacher turnover impacts student achievement, contributes to a school climate of instability, and redirects funds for recruitment that might better be spent towards student learning.
Beaver, AK 2013 © Kaden
The goal of the project is to identify factors that influence retention and community integration of teachers in Arctic Alaska schools.IRB Approval Letter
Barrow , AK (2012) "Successful Whaling Boat" © Kaden
This study will add in-depth information to existing quantitative data as well as inform teacher education, recruitment and mentoring programs that focus on transforming the educational system for Arctic Alaska communities.
Aurora, Fairbanks, AK, 3-17-2013
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