ERIC Number: ED341528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-15
Teacher and Administrator Training, Recruitment and Retention. INAR/NACIE Joint Issues Sessions National Indian Education Assocation (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 Native American issues in educator training and employment. Issues and problems related to recruitment of Native Americans into teacher education include raised admission standards, more stringent requirements, culturally or linguistically biased admission tests, the lure of better paying professions, and eligibility requirements for financial aid. An effective Arizona recruitment program targets teacher aides with 2 years of college, while the Alaska state university system has special teacher education programs for Natives in villages and urban areas. Retaining Native students in teacher education is hampered by insufficient financial aid and by racism on campus and in the curriculum. The Mohawk Nation addresses this problem through a cooperative program in which university professors teach courses in the community on weekends. Problems in recruitment of Native teachers include lack of financial resources for on-site hiring procedures and lack of a centralized registry of certified Native teachers. Problems in teacher retention include long commuting distances for non-Native teachers who cannot live on the reservation; lack of retirement programs in Bureau of Indian Affairs schools; and low salaries, poor facilities, and increased responsibilities in tribal schools. Also discussed were issues of inservice training, administrator retention, Title V staff, dropout prevention, and racial bias of non-Native teachers. Recommendations are offered for each problem area. (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.