There were 711 press releases posted in the last 24 hours and 194,474 in the last 365 days.

U.S. Department of Education Awards $10 Million in Projects to Train and Recruit Qualified Native American Educators

Today, the U.S. Department of Education awarded 29 grants totaling $10 million through the Indian Education Professional Development (PD) program. These grants to colleges and universities throughout the nation, including tribal colleges and universities, address a significant gap in the number of qualified Native American (Native) individuals in education-related professions that serve Native students. 

“Representation matters. All students deserve the opportunity to be taught by educators who are diverse and who reflect their backgrounds and experiences—and we know that far too few Native American students have the chance to engage with Native American teachers in their schools and as education leaders and mentors in their communities. That must change,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “I am heartened that this program will help to create a more diverse educator workforce for students across the country and support efforts to recruit and retain more talented Native American teachers and administrators for our schools.”      Each project addresses unique conditions for Native students to have equitable access to well-prepared educators and a more diverse teacher and administrator workforce. Projects help develop and implement initiatives to prepare and retain Native teachers and administrators, with an emphasis on training and professional development that addresses the unique academic and cultural needs of Native students. These grants increase professional development for teachers and administrators to support their efforts to design and implement initiatives that help low-achieving Native students improve their academic achievement, outcomes, and preparation for postsecondary education or employment.  

Allowable activities under this program empower Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs), Indian Tribes or Organizations, and State Education Agencies (SEAs) to: 

  1. Increase the number of qualified Native individuals in professions that serve in school districts, including charter and Bureau of Indian Education schools, that have a high proportion of Native students;
  2. Provide pre- and in-service training and support to qualified Native individuals to become effective teachers or education administrators;
  3. Improve the skills of qualified Native individuals who serve in the education field; and
  4. Develop and implement two-year induction services initiatives to promote retention of effective Native teachers, principals, and school leaders who have a record of success in helping low-achieving Native students improve their academic achievement, outcomes, and preparation for postsecondary education or employment. 

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 was amended in 1974 to provide the then-U.S. Commissioner of Education the ability to make special grants “with institutions of higher education, Indian organizations, and Indian tribes for the purpose of preparing individuals for teaching or administering special programs and projects designed to meet the special educational needs of Indian children and to provide in-service training for persons teaching 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 in effect benefiting over 1,700 pre-service individuals since 2013.  

More information about this program can be found at: https://oese.ed.gov/offices/office-of-indian-education/indian-education-professional-development/. Below is a list of the new PD awards listed by state, name of grantee, and award amount for FY 2021.  

State 

FY 2021 Grantee 

Award Amount 

Arizona 

Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) for and on behalf of Northern Arizona University 

 $385,437  

Arizona 

Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) on behalf of Arizona State University 

 $399,785  

Arizona 

Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) on behalf of University of Arizona 

 $399,620  

California 

Tzicatl Community Development Corporation 

 $398,457  

California 

Claremont Graduate University 

 $318,218  

California 

Blue Lake Rancheria 

 $342,656  

Idaho 

Regents of the University of Idaho 

 $300,436  

Minnesota 

St. Cloud State University 

 $363,599  

Montana 

Little Big Horn College 

 $396,309  

Montana 

Blackfeet Community College 

 $399,550  

Montana 

Salish Kootenai College 

 $394,284  

Montana 

Fort Peck Community College 

 $395,097  

Montana 

Stone Child College 

 $389,790  

Nebraska 

Board of Regents, Univ of Nebraska, Univ Nebraska-Lincoln 

 $98,209  

North Carolina 

University of North Carolina at Pembroke 

 $311,201  

North Dakota 

Turtle Mountain Community College 

 $364,628  

North Dakota 

Sitting Bull College 

 $373,715  

North Dakota 

University of Mary 

 $400,000  

North Dakota 

University of North Dakota 

 $400,000  

North Dakota 

University of Mary 

 $400,000 

Oklahoma 

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma 

 $293,452 

Oklahoma 

American Indian Resource Center, Inc. 

 $399,985 

Oklahoma 

American Indian Resource Center, Inc. 

 $398,321  

Oregon 

University of Oregon 

 $399,993  

Oregon 

Portland State University 

 $317,625  

South Dakota 

Oglala Lakota College  

 $400,000  

South Dakota 

Oglala Lakota College 

 $342,639  

Wisconsin 

Board of Regents of University of Wisconsin System for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

 $300,068  

Wisconsin 

Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System on behalf of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

 $98,746