ERIC Number: ED445867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Community-Based Native Teacher Education Programs.
Heimbecker, Connie; Minner, Sam; Prater, Greg
This paper describes two exemplary school-based Native teacher education programs offered by Northern Arizona University (NAU) to serve Navajo students and by Lakehead University (Ontario) to serve members of the Nishnabe Nation of northern Ontario. The Reaching American Indian Special/Elementary Educators (RAISE) program is located in Kayenta, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. RAISE aims to improve recruitment and retention of special education teachers on the reservation. Each cohort of program participants includes Navajo paraprofessionals employed in Kayenta schools and non-Native students from the NAU campus. Throughout the RAISE program, all participants live on the reservation, work and receive coursework in reservation schools, and get to know each other's culture. The supportive and highly contextualized nature of the program have contributed to high program retention and completion rates. Lakehead University developed its Native Teacher Education Program (NTEP) to meet the need of the Nishnabe Nation for aboriginal teachers fluent in the Nishnabe language and knowledgeable of the culture. NTEP participants are mature adults who are native speakers of Nishnabe and who have extensive classroom experience as aides or uncertified teachers. Instruction is compressed into a very demanding 2 years and delivered primarily via two-way radio to 23 remote communities. Teacher-mentors provide support. The first two program cohorts graduated 40 of their 55 participants. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Canada Natives, College School Cooperation, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Indigenous Personnel, Navajo (Nation), Preservice Teacher Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Recruitment
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada