ERIC Number: ED459016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Tribal-State Partnerships: Assuring Success in Indian Education. Report of the Arizona Indian Town Hall (20th, Phoenix, Arizona, June 20-21, 2000).
Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs, Phoenix.
The 20th Arizona Indian Town Hall considered the issues of cultural and native language instruction for American Indian students and the impact of new state standards. Representatives of 17 tribes, state officials, educators, school board members, parents, and students participated. In the area of culture and language instruction, recommendations included tribes taking the lead in determining their communities' needs; tribes and the state jointly funding cultural and language instruction programs; granting waivers for tribal elders to teach culture and language courses; seeking accreditation for tribal language and culture courses; training and certifying all Arizona teachers in these areas; tribes and the state jointly crafting new state cultural and language standards and instructional models; more tribal members running for their local school boards; teaching children their native language in early childhood; utilizing language immersion programs for native language instruction; and providing scholarships to teachers for cultural competency training. Recommendations concerning Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) included delaying the AIMS graduation requirement until 2013 while tribes research the test's validity for Indian students; developing curricula that meet the new standards; lobbying Congress to increase funding for Bureau of Indian Affairs schools and programs; allowing local districts to determine how best to teach to the standards; tribes developing their own cultural standards; developing programs that give Indian students extra instruction needed to achieve the standards; teachers respecting parents and the role that extended families play in their students' education; developing teacher retention policies; and filling the position of Director of the Indian Education Division. (TD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, American Indian Education, Cultural Education, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests, Native Language Instruction, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, State Departments of Education, State Standards, Teacher Education, Tribally Controlled Education
For full text: http://www.indianaffairs.state.az.us/townhall/rprt_success_ie.html.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs, Phoenix.