Academic Affairs and Research

K-12 Outreach

Steve Atwater, PhD

Associate Vice President
K-12 Outreach 
Phone: 907.450.8007

About the K12 Outreach Staff

High student achievement starts with excellence in teaching. That is why the University of Alaska and the Department of Education have made a commitment to work together with Alaska School Districts to advance Alaska's teaching profession. The office of K-12 Outreach is housed within the Office of Academic Affairs. Programs are designed to attract, place, and retain high quality teachers. Beginning with students in Alaskan K-12 classrooms, the Future Educators of Alaska Program encourages Alaska Native students to consider teaching as a career. Next, the Alaska Teacher Placement program works directly with school districts to fill current teaching vacancies. Finally, the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project gives new teachers the ongoing support they need to be successful in the classroom. K-12 Outreach programs work with school district and external educational stakeholders to provide a full circle of support for the teaching profession in order to bring out the best in each and every Alaskan student. In addition to program support, K-12 Outreach also coordinates the Alaska’s University for Alaska’s School’s Report to the State of Alaska.

Future Educators of Alaska (FEA): FEA is a statewide collaborative effort to inspire and support Alaska Native K-12 students to go into the education profession. The fostering of prospective Alaska Native teachers and administrators involves a partnership among teachers, communities, school districts, University of Alaska campuses and more. Funded by the Department of Education since 2003, FEA has worked with eighteen partner and affiliate school districts and schools to establish over 50 FEA clubs across Alaska. Most recently, our program name has changed from Future Teachers of Alaska to Future Educators of Alaska to be more encompassing to the many careers in education.

Alaska Teacher Placement (ATP): ATP provides recruitment services for schools in Alaska through the website and job fairs in Alaska and other states. The ATP Director has been working with the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) to study recruitment trends. A preliminary 2005 Teacher Supply and Demand Report shows that Alaska has about 1,100 teaching vacancies each year. With UA teacher training programs producing about 220 graduates per year, recruitment is an ongoing challenge.

Alaska Statewide Mentor Project (ASMP): The Alaska Statewide Mentor Project exists to lift up and support the profession of teaching in Alaska. The project provides individualized support to first- and second-year teachers, developing an effective teaching force that is responsive to the diverse academic needs and cultural backgrounds of all students.

Raising Educational Achievement through Cultural Heritage (REACH) seeks to provide Native students and their teachers with accurate, culturally-relevant science curriculum, that improves student achievement on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) assessments, and trains Native youth to propose solutions to local climate change problems.

Additional Education Advancement Opportunities
What other ways can the University of Alaska and K-12 schools work together for their mutual benefit?

  • Use the insights of the mentor teachers and their experiences with beginning teachers to offer targeted professional development conferences and seminars.
  • Provide an online comprehensive clearinghouse for youth activities that are sponsored by the University and its campuses.
  • Develop comprehensive pathways to support FEA students as they enter UA campuses.
  • Develop a component of the mentoring program that includes a focus on Alaskan Native culture.
Giving to K-12 Outreach
The office of K-12 Outreach is proud to support schools, students, teachers, and educators through Alaska K-12 Outreach Foundation Fund. To give to K-12 Outreach contact staff at 907.450.8400. Donations support high needs rural areas and first year teachers with special classroom requests for students.
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