ERIC Number: ED331656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
American Indian Teacher Training Program.
Tonemah, Stuart A.
This paper describes the broad goals of an American Indian Teacher Training Program (AITTP), a master's program focusing on teaching gifted and talented Native Americans. The program is administered by American Indian Research and Development, Inc. (AIRD) through Oklahoma City University, with the goal of helping up to 10 American Indian educators per year enhance their leadership skills. AIRD suggests that competent Indian educators are best-qualified to teach gifted Indian students, and proposes seeking out qualified Indian instructors for training. Qualities perceived as being most favorable for gifted Indian educators include the following: (1) commitment to Indian education; (2) commitment to gifted education; (3) creativity; (4) confidence; and (5) sensitivity. Gifted teachers need not be of superior intelligence to work with gifted learners, but they should value intelligence and creativity in their students. A second section of the document describes a funding proposal to provide inservice training and information on gifted education to 300 teachers, parents, administrators, students, and tribal representatives. The document also includes profile data on the AITTP program's first participants, and several AITTP course syllabi. (TES)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Indian Research & Development, Inc., Norman, OK.
Identifiers: American Indian Teacher Training Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conferernce of the National Indian Education Association (22nd, San Diego, CA, October 13, 1990).