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Every Student Has The Right To Succeed

  • October 31, 2016|
  • 2 years ago

by Jen Fifield

KTOO Public Media

Article excerpt

As School Starts, More States Focus on Native American Students

In Washington and across the U.S., Native American students struggle more than any other student group to attend school consistently and graduate on time. But this year more states — especially those with large Native American populations such as South Dakota and Washington — are trying to help by training teachers, working with tribes to create policies and programs, embedding culture in lessons, and giving more money to schools with many Native American students.

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Reaching Out to Native American Populations

The Every Student Succeeds Act puts more onus on states and school districts to ensure learning among all students—including those who are part of various Indian tribes. In the past there has been no directive, and no incentives, for teachers to reach out to engage with Native American students in ways that can help both groups better understand each other and identify new learning opportunities. That’s all changed now. The need to create these relationships is being further driven by the potential for losing federal aid if these interactions don’t take place. If your school system serves areas where there are large Native American populations, how can you begin these conversations?

Identifying the potential key groups and individuals in your community, and determining whether and where relationships may already exist can be a good starting point. Partnerships of all shapes and sizes can make a big impact on learning opportunities and outcomes. Educators can benefit from applying the same practices they’ve used with other groups to create engagement and spur collaboration.