Alaska’s Professional Learning Network

Join a free professional online learning network for Alaska’s teachers.  We’ve partnered with the Alaska Department of Education and the Teaching Channel to offer an online space to support professional growth for teachers around the state. The Alaska Professional Learning Network (AkPLN) is provided for Alaskan educators at no cost through ASDN/ACSA with support of Title IIA, federal funds.

What is it?

AkPLN is a private collaboration space for teachers, schools districts and education organizations. It has a library of engaging professional learning resources for educators to use as they implement the new ELA and Math Standards, and design professional development at the district, school and classroom level.

Try it

Check out some of the video resources available on Teaching Channel, and then contact us to join the ASDN team site.   Members of the team site have access to view resources, and join or create school, district or statewide groups.  Gain ideas for lessons, view new teaching strategies to try out, or build your repertoire of techniques related to curriculum, instruction and assessment. Groups and discussions can be private among educators you invite or public for everyone in the state. Participants can upload and share videos to group members on the Teams Site with the Tch App.

Learning Pathways

We have 60 Learning Pathways that provide opportunities for in-depth study of the Alaska ELA and Math standards as well as effective instructional strategies. These Learning Plans are homegrown and designed specifically for Alaskan educators. They are available 24/7, so you can work without committing to a set schedule.

Download information about Joining Alaska’s Professional Learning Network.

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AkPLN Classes

Lets get better together
Learn online and apply in your classroom tomorrow!

Hone your skills and grow and refine your instructional strategies in English Language Arts and Math.
New 1-credit classes in ELA and Math open every month
  • Join us for a series of six-week, online mini-courses focused on improving specific instructional practices in ELA and Math. New topics opening every month!
  • Explore best instructional practice in ELA and Math in your classroom while collaborating with other Alaska teachers online.
  • The facilitation model supports your learning with collaboration and expertise
  • The course follows a six-week exploration and action-oriented cycle through a variety of evidence-based best practices that are aligned to the Alaska Standards.
  • Participants are guided through an unpacking of targeted Learning Plans, including collaborative discussion as you try and apply each strategy with your own students.

Participants who complete the three learning plans in each series will receive one 500-level professional learning credit.  

Click the links for more information about the classes and online registration:

Course Topics for 2017

ELA TopicsMath Topics
October – ELA – Elementary
• Academic Vocabulary 1
• Academic Vocabulary 2
• Academic Discussion
October– Grades 3-5 Math
• Understanding Fractions as Numbers
• Adding & Subtracting Fractions
• Multiplying & Dividing Fractions
November – ELA – Elementary
• Vocabulary – Semantic Mapping
• Vocabulary –Word Learning Strategies
• Vocabulary – Developing Word Consciousness
November – Grades K-2 Math
• Numeracy Throughout The Kindergarten Day
• Number Sense: Counting & Cardinality
• Number Sense: Composing & Decomposing
December – ELA – Elementary
• Close Reading 1
• Close Reading 2
• Close Reading 3
December – Secondary Math
• Teaching Geometry with Transformations – Part 1
• Teaching Geometry with Transformations – Part 2
• Teaching Geometry with Transformations – Part 3
February – ELA – Elementary
• Alaska Foundational Skills Standards for Phonological Awareness
• Alaska Foundational Skills Standards for Phonics and Word Identification
• K-2 Phonics Instruction in the Alaska ELA Standards
February– Grades 3-5 Math
• Building Conceptual Understanding with Fractions
• Problem Solving & Number Talks with Fractions
• Multiplication & Division That Sticks
March – ELA – Elementary
• Teaching Students to Use Evidence from Text
• Text-Dependent Questions 1
• Text-Dependent Questions 2
March– Grades 3-5 Math
• Understanding Fractions as Numbers
• Adding & Subtracting Fractions
• Multiplying & Dividing Fractions
April – ELA – Elementary
• Informational Text-Reading for Inquiry
• The Importance of Text Features
• Teaching Informational Text Structures
April– Grades K-2 Math
• Number Sense: Understanding Place Value
• Number Sense: Composing & Decomposing
• Number Sense: Adding & Subtracting

The contents of this online site were developed with the assistance of Supporting Effective Instruction, Title II, Part A federal funds from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education & Early Development, nor endorsement by the Federal Government.