U.S. Department of Education Awards $ 10 million in projects to train and recruit qualified American Native educators August 3, 2021 Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, Press@ed.gov
  • Today, the United States Department of Education granted 29 grants for a total of $ 10 million through the professional development of Indian education (PD) program. These subsidies to schools and universities throughout the nation, including tribal colleges and universities, address a significant gap in the number of qualified Native Americans (Native) in professions related to education that serve Native students.

    "Representation matters. All students deserve the opportunity to be taught by educators who are diverse and that reflect their background and experiences, and we know that very few Native American students have the opportunity to participate with Native teachers Americans in their schools and as leaders of education and mentors in their communities. That must change, "said Secretary of Education of the United States, Miguel Cardona. "I am encouraged that this program will help create a more diverse educational workforce for students across the country and support efforts to recruit and retain more talented American Native teachers and administrators for our schools." Each project addresses the unique conditions for Native students to have equitable access to well-prepared educators and a more diverse workforce of teachers and administrators. Projects help develop and implement initiatives to prepare and retain Native teachers and administrators, with emphasis on training and professional development that addresses the unique academic and cultural needs of Native students. These subsidies increase professional development for teachers and administrators to support their efforts to design and implement initiatives that help Native low-performance students improve their academic achievements, results and preparation for postsecondary education or employment.

    Activities permitted under this Empower Program Higher Education Institutions (IHES), Local Education Agencies (LEA), Indian Tarits or Organizations, and State Education Agencies (Mares) A:

  • Increase the number of qualified Native individuals in the professions that serve in school districts, including the letter and the Indian education school office, which have a high proportion of Native students;
  • provide training and prior support and in service to qualified Native individuals to become effective teachers or education administrators;
  • Improve the skills of qualified Native individuals who serve in the field of education; and
  • develop and implement two-year induction services initiatives to promote the retention of teachers, directors and effective Native school leaders who have a successful record in helping Native students of low performance improve their Academic achievements, results, and preparation for postsecondary education or employment.

    The primary and secondary education law (ESEA) of 1965 was modified in 1974 to provide the then U.S. Education Commissioner The ability to make special subsidies "with higher education institutions, Indian organizations and Indian tribes in order to prepare people to teach or administer special programs and projects designed to meet the special educational needs of Indian children and for Provide - Service of training for people who teach in such programs. " This amendment recognized the importance of increasing the number of qualified Native individuals available to teach Native children. To date, the PD program has remained effective that benefits more than 1,700 pre-service people since 2013.

    You can find more information about this program at: https: //Oese.ed .Gov / Office / Office -F-Indian-Education / Indian-Education-Prof


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