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ERIC Number: ED429755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 6
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Systemic Thinking To Support Dine Education.
Rude, Harvey; Gorman, Roxanne
This paper describes systemic thinking in support of the recently established Navajo Nation Rural Systemic Initiative (RSI). The RSI aims to create a standards-based student-centered teaching and learning environment in mathematics, science, and technology in the 173 elementary and secondary schools on or near the Navajo Nation, including public, private, and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) schools. The convergence of limited resources within the service area is intended to address the complexities of standards-based reform in a very rural area lying within Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and territory served by the BIA. The RSI has six priorities (program "drivers"): (1) student attainment and achievement (data collection through indirect measures, process measures, and criterion-referenced and norm-referenced tests); (2) strategies to close the gap between Navajo and non-Navajo students (integration of Navajo and Western knowledge, use of Navajo role models, career exploration); (3) culturally relevant curriculum and assessment and use of Dine (Navajo) philosophy in teacher preparation programs; (4) educational policy and procedures consistent with Navajo self-determination; (5) resource convergence (partnerships, networking, recognition of promising practices); and (6) cultivation of broad-based support across educational, business, and government/services sectors of the Navajo Nation. A table compares traditional and systemic thinking about large-scale change and improvement efforts. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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