Native Educator Cultivation Program
The Native Educator Cultivation Program is a funded project that will support the capacity to identify, support, recruit, and retain Native American educators. The program aims to:
- Listen, learn, and respond to the recommendations brought forward by Tribal Elders, leaders, families, and students;
- Create and support multiple pathways to recruit and retain future AI/AN educators; and
- Create access to reliable AI/AN educator and student data.
House Bill (HB) 1139: Expanding the Current and Future Educator Workforce Supply details an act relating to expanding the current and future educator workforce supply through evidence-based strategies to improve and incentivize the recruitment and retention of highly effective educators, especially in high-need subject, grade-level, and geographic areas, and to establish a cohesive continuum of high-quality professional learning from preparation programs to job-embedded induction, mentoring, collaboration, and other professional development opportunities.
- Program Goals
- Develop a Native American Educator Pathways Advisory to develop, articulate and communicate pathways including creating structures of support.
- Develop and implement innovative Native American Educator Cultivation grants to ESDs, Tribes, STEC schools and other LEAs, Higher Education, non-profit organizations, and other partners.
- Develop and implement contracts for regional, local and STEC group Cultivation facilitators to help move innovative pathway ideas forward.
- Make improvements to data systems for collecting Native American educator data.
- Improve programming updates to CEDARS to enable CEDARS and Native American Student Information System (NASIS) to connect.
- Create, improve, and manage system and respond to requests, including capacity building and support for grant writing.
As funding is available, future work involves Tribal Governed Teacher Preparation and Residency programs.
- Historic Timeline: A Weave of Tribal Sovereignty, Policy, and Leadership
- 1989: Centennial Accord
- 2003: First Peoples’ Language, Culture and Oral Traditions Certificate Pilot
- 2008: From Where the Sun Rises Report
- 2009: Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC)
- 2010: Native American Language Act
- 2011: Office of Native Education (ONE) in statute
- 2019: Region 16 Comprehensive Center
- 2020: Circles of Reflection
- 2020: HB 1139 Regional Recruiting Initiative
- 2021: Comprehensive Native American Educator Pathways Program
- 2022: Native Educator Cultivation Program (ARP Funding)
- 2023: Tribal Governed Teacher Prep/Residency Workgroup
Opportunities to Build Community
Tribal Language Educators Professional Learning Community
Held on the first and third Thursday of every month from 4:00-5:00 p.m.