ERIC Number: ED114221
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Bridging the Gap: Recruiting Indian People for Careers in Education.
Recruitment Leadership and Training Inst., Philadelphia, PA.
Since there are large gaps between the culture, economy, and education of Native Americans and mainstream Americans, the recruitment and training of Native Americans as paraprofessionals in the schools appears to be a promising opportunity to deal with all three gaps simultaneously. Three model programs which are currently bridging these gaps with increasing levels of complexity are: (1) the Rural Indian Education Program sponsored by the Cherokee Nation and the Tulsa Public School District; (2) the Teacher Aide Project sponsored by Oklahoma City University; and (3) the On-site Pueblo Personnel Training Program sponsored by the All Indian Pueblo Council and the University of New Mexico. The Tulsa program recruits and trains parents and other Indian adults as classroom paraprofessionals capable of undertaking very specific tasks. The Oklahoma City program goes beyond such objectives by providing university classes for its paraprofessionals and giving college credits for courses taught on-site throughout the State. The New Mexico program is the most comprehensive of the three in that it is planned to encourage Indian paraprofessionals to complete a sequence of courses leading to an Associate degree and to move on to advanced degrees. In the Pueblo program, most instruction is conducted in the schools in which the aides work. (JC)
Descriptors: American Indians, Career Opportunities, Cultural Differences, Educational Programs, Models, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Poverty, Program Descriptions, Recruitment, Rural Schools, Teacher Aides, Training
Prints of 16-mm film "Bridging the Gap: Recruiting Indian People to Careers in Education" from National Audio-Visual Center, National Archive and Records Service, General Services Admin., Washington, D.C. 20409
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Career Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Educational Systems Development.
Authoring Institution: Recruitment Leadership and Training Inst., Philadelphia, PA.