Guidelines for Preparing Responsive Teachers for Alaska's Schools

Alaska Native Knowledge Network

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These guidelines address issues of concern in the preparation of Alaska teachers who will be expected to teach students from diverse backgrounds in a culturally responsive and educationally healthy way. Special attention is given to the preparation of Native and non-Native teachers for small rural schools in Alaska. To assist personnel associated with teacher education and staff development programs, the guidelines provide specific indicators for determining the knowledge and skills that culturally responsive teachers need above and beyond the teacher performance indicators stipulated by the state. The guidelines are presented as they relate to each of eight Alaska teacher standards, covering teacher philosophy of education and its relationship to practice, teacher understanding of learning theory and practice, teacher respect for individual and cultural diversity, teacher knowledge of content area, instruction and assessment, learning environment, family and community involvement, and professional growth. In addition, general recommendations cover cross-cultural training for educators, internships in rural schools, cultural orientation for beginning teachers, and assistance/oversight by Native educator associations related to implementation of the guidelines. 

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Alaska Native Knowledge Network. Guidelines for Preparing Responsive Teachers for Alaska's Schools (1999). University of Alaska Fairbanks: Fairbanks, AK. (19 pages).

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University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alaska Native Knowledge Network
P.O. Box 756730
Fairbanks, AK
99775

Phone: (907) 474-5086

Email: fyankn@uaf.edu
URL: http://www.ankn.uaf.edu/

Languages Available: English

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