ERIC Number: ED147062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Bilingual Education Plan of the Navajo Nation.
Navajo Tribe, Window Rock, AZ. Bilingual/Bicultural Curriculum Center.
Representing the efforts of the Navajo Division of Education in the initial phase of planning and developing the Bilingual/Bicultural Education Program for the Navajo Nation, this document includes rationale, educational philosophy, and program goals. Additionally, it addresses procedures regarding: implementation (needs assessment coupled with commitment to the law); language policy (literacy, status of proposed Navajo Office of Education, staff development, "university of competence", and the Navajo Community College); Navajo area/local communities' assessment; needs assessment and external and internal program evaluation; educational program development (curriculum component, curriculum materials development from schools and centers, field testing, curriculum development center vs local in-school development, and instructional model characteristics--planning and instructional methods); staff development component (personnel training, targeted personnel for training, types of training, orientation, training workshops, cultural awareness workshops, university education--standard, and competency based training). The appendices present: proposed resolution of the Navajo Tribal Council regarding the Navajo language; a language action plan; bilingual definitions; needs assessment; objectives; models (I, II, III, and IV); cooperating agencies; and a time line. As described here, this program is grounded in the belief that language is the key to the preservation of a culture and that firm command of one culture is a prerequisite to successful comprehension of another. (JC)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, American Indians, Bilingual Education, Community Involvement, Coordination, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Models, Needs Assessment, Planning, Policy Formation, Program Development, Staff Development
Bilingual/Bicultural Curriculum Center, Navajo Division of Education, P.O. Box 308, Window Rock, Arizona 86511 ($6.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Navajo Tribe, Window Rock, AZ. Bilingual/Bicultural Curriculum Center.