New Educator Support Team (NEST)
Connect with new educators and find your community in NEST!
NEST is a community of new educators in Alaska working together to support one another, improve their professional practice, and grow as educators. NEST members work across the state and within their own communities to build relationships, share ideas, and collaborate on important issues.
We know the first few years as an educator are often the toughest. NEST brings together fun social events, professional development opportunities, mentoring, and easy ways to get involved in the issues that you care about.
Fill out the New Ed Form to get involved in NEST:
Resources for New Teachers
Feeling like a newbie? You’re not alone. Here are a few resources to help you make the transition easier.
- Education World’s site features great articles for new teachers
- Edutopia Resources Toolkit for New Teachers
- Hey, New Teachers, It’s OK to Cry in Your Car – podcast from NPR Ed
- NEA’s Advice and Support for New Teachers
- New Teacher Center
- Scholastic has resources and informational training videos for new teachers
- Teachers First has first-day-of-school icebreakers, a blog for new teachers and ideas and help for new teachers.
- TeacherVision’s New Teacher Resources includes top 10 lists, tips for homework, behavioral issues and many more topics!
- U.S. Department of Education’s Survival Guide for New Teachers
BetterLesson’s PersonalizedPD matches new and/or young educators with a coach who has years of experience in your subject area to participate in a one-on-one mentoring. Together, you will prioritize your most pressing classroom challenges and create an individualized learning plan to equip you with teaching strategies and methods that work best for you.
Teaching challenges, student growth areas and strategies include (but are not limited to):
Build a NEST in Your Local!
If your local doesn’t have a NEST chapter, you can build one with financial & staff support from NEA-Alaska!
Join the conversation!
Connect with other educators from around the state and nation on issues you care about.
Here are a few edCommunities groups you might be interested in:
Something else you want to talk about? Start your own group.