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ERIC Number: ED528946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 72
Abstractor: ERIC
Voices of Native Educators: Strategies that Support Success of Native High School Students
Lara, Julia
National Indian Education Association
This report summarizes a conversation that took place in April of 2010 in Washington, DC regarding high school reform and Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian students. The meeting was co-sponsored by the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). The meeting was attended by a broad sector of Native educators representing various tribes across the U.S. mainland, Alaska and Hawaii. The purpose of the meeting was to elicit ideas from the participants regarding best practices for improving the success of Native students enrolled in the nation's high schools. The conceptual framework that organized the meeting and this report was provided by the Campaign for High School Equity in a report titled "A Plan for Success." In this document six policy directives were outlined that are intended to support the transformation of secondary schools. The task for the participants of the NIEA/NEA meeting was to support the policy directives with examples from Native communities. A core belief of the convening organizations was that the best practices implemented in Native communities as they work towards increasing opportunities for Indian adolescents are of value to non-Indian educators, and to Native educators that have not yet experienced success at the secondary school level. This report highlights such practices in an attempt to promote meaningful conversations across communities engaged in secondary school renewal. This report highlights strategies presented by the educators attending the meeting cited. The intent of this document is to describe how these Native educators are addressing a myriad of challenges in their communities and are succeeding in creating opportunities for Native high school students. The document focuses not on the challenges, but on solutions. It highlights strategies and interventions that are successful for Native students. The practices presented herein are offered from the perspective of Native educators who are deeply engaged with these students and know the communities in which the students live. [This report was written with assistance from Shelley Hartford.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Indian Education Association; National Education Association