Ute Kaden, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tuija Turunen, University of Lapland


This session will explore specific issues related to teacher education and schools in the Arctic. A consistent and qualified teacher workforce integrated into the community is critical to the learning of students, the sustainability of schools, and the vitality of Arctic and indigenous communities. A focus will be on social justice and inclusion, and how these two issues could be promoted by initial teacher education. This session will share experiences, challenges, and solutions for educating the youth of the circumpolar North; discuss possible effective strategies for teacher preparation, ongoing professional development, and retention; as well as examine the complex relationships of education policies, teacher education, social-cultural context of the Arctic, and culturally effective schooling to sustain communities and indigenous cultures.