September 8, 2021
"Every student in Alaska will have the benefit of a great teacher."
— ASMP mission.
A message from the Program Manager:
As we begin our 18th year mentoring early career teachers across Alaska, ASMP has
much to celebrate.
This year, our cadre of 11 full-release mentors are serving 115 teachers who live across the state of Alaska. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED), Alaska Staff Development Network and seventeen districts who were able to cost-share with us. Our mentors excel at providing continuous, individual support for teachers.
This school year, mentors have returned with renewed dedication to Alaska’s teachers and students. Committed to their own professional development, they are studying Elena Aguilar’s Coaching for Equity book to understand how conversations can disrupt educational equities.
We are excited to collaborate with our early career teachers, using teaching and coaching cycles to dig into standards based lesson planning and analyze student learning. We observe instruction using indicators of optimal learning environments that the teachers choose.
ASMP is constantly adapting to our ever-changing educational landscape. When we are not there in person, we use powerful and sustainable methods to collaborate with teachers and observe classrooms via remote, secure means. Innovation, flexibility, resilience, and growth mindsets are the hallmark of mentors as they support teachers to provide instruction in culturally responsive ways. Our high-leverage tools help facilitate teacher growth and reflection. We are ready for this school year and hope to meet many of you!