LISTEN: How can we get more Alaskans teaching in their home communities?

Marjorie Tahbone teaching an Inupiaq class at the Nome high school in 2014. (KNOM)

A recent report examining six years of educator retention rates in Alaska found chronic high rates of turnover in rural communities. Teacher and principal continuity directly affects student outcomes. The highest rates of loss are with teachers who are trained outside of Alaska, so how are educators and lawmakers working to get more Alaskans trained to teach in their home communities? We’ll discuss it on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Tim Parker, President, NEA-Alaska
  • Hella Bel Hadj Amor, Ph.D., Leader – Applied Research and Technical Support, Education Northwest


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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