ERIC Number: ED341527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-15
Dropout Prevention. INAR/NACIE Joint Issues Sessions. National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Annual Conference (22nd, San Diego, California, October 15, 1990).
National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC. Indian Nations At Risk Task Force.
This report summarizes two joint sessions held by the Indian Nations At Risk Task Force and the National Advisory Council on Indian Education to hear testimony on the causes of high Native American dropout rates and on dropout prevention strategies. Educators and parents provided information defining the problem and outlining factors contributing to high Native dropout rates. These factors included: the failure of the traditional education system, which labels students and has expectations of failure for Natives; racial bias and lack of respect for Native culture in school; poor racial relations in school and community; unmet student needs in the areas of health and nutrition; historical constraints on parent participation; dilapidated and inadequate facilities at Bureau of Indian Affairs schools; poor communications between Indian communities and the federal Office of Indian Education; and poverty and other family problems. Other testimony described dropout prevention programs and strategies that are working: community action to influence the local school system; college-school cooperation that focuses on identifying candidates for teaching among Native high school students and encouraging them to stay in school; early intervention and counseling for at-risk students; cultural sensitivity training for teachers and other school staff; Title V programs providing remediation and alternative instruction; attention to student attendance; hiring an Indian liaison to work with parents, students, and the school; teen parenting programs; community and business partnerships; employability strategies; increasing parent participation; and adult education programs for overage students. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC. Indian Nations At Risk Task Force.
Note: In: The Indian Nations At Risk Task Force and the National Advisory Council on Indian Education Joint Issues Sessions Proceedings. See RC 018 538.