ERIC Number: ED337333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
School, College and University Partnership.
Gilbert, W. Sakiestewa
The majority of Native American students in Arizona and New Mexico experience inferior elementary and secondary educations. They attend small rural schools with limited resources in remote locations on or near reservations. Poverty and unemployment rates are high. Northern Arizona University, the Navajo and Hopi Tribes, Northern Arizona Education Association, and the U.S. Department of Education have joined in a partnership to address these issues. The partnership supports a program to increase computer literacy and career awareness and to decrease dropout rates among rural educationally disadvantaged students. The school year component of the project features: (1) training of up to five teachers per school from seven target schools in the areas of high school retention, parent involvement, student career and personal development, and teaching of critical thinking skills; (2) on-reservation sessions to train parents to help their children academically and to deal effectively with teachers and the school district; (3) counseling and mentoring related to career and college preparation; and (4) installation of computer assisted instructional laboratories on the Navajo and Hopi reservations. The program's summer component, Nizhoni Camp, is a 5-week session at Northern Arizona University. This program introduces high school sophomores and juniors to the rigors of university life while improving specific skills identified as conducive to success in college. Nizhoni Camp's courses and workshops are described. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Arizona; Partnerships in Education
Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Symposium of the American Council on Rural Special Education and the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium (Tucson, AZ, March 18-22, 1990).