Fighting teacher turnover in Alaska’s schools | Alaska Insight

Teacher recruitment and retention has long been a challenge for Alaska. A recent study shows that teachers trained outside of the state are the most likely to leave positions here. What’s being done to keep existing teachers and train more Alaskans?

Lori Townsend and guests Tom Klaameyer, President of Anchorage Education Association, and Karen Melin, Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Education, discuss the reasons turnover is high in Alaska, and what education advocates are doing to improve teacher retention.


The challenge of teacher retention in Alaska.

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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