National Native American Heritage Month

Nelson Scholarship

Camille Wynecoop

2018 Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship recipient Camille Wynecoop sees her master’s program in curriculum and instruction at the University of Idaho as a step toward a dream job that involves serving as an education leader in a Native community, helping families reunify with their children and educating parents on child development.

Northwest Matters Blog

Actions Educators Can Take to Interrupt Narratives That Are Damaging to American Indian and Alaska Native Students

By Shadiin Garcia | November 16, 2018

A persistent narrative endures in the United States that indigenous people no longer exist or exist only as one-dimensional caricatures or stereotypes.

What do educators need to know and do to end this deeply damaging narrative?

On our blog, Shadiin Garcia provides basic information that all educators need to know as well as resources for learning more about local tribes. She also shares strategies for using culture as an intervention to educate all students about the Native American experience in Oregon.

Technical Assistance

Improve AIAN Student Outcomes

Culturally based education can enhance students’ motivation and build their self-esteem, while also engaging families, elders and tribal members. Our staff has experience partnering with tribes to develop resources and curricula that reflect indigenous culture, traditions and values. We can support state education agencies, school districts and tribes as they work together to implement Indian Education curriculum mandates or modify existing curriculum.

Program Evaluation

Improving Grant Programs

A fresh, independent evaluation of your programs, policies or student outcomes is a powerful way to identify needs in your community or school district, make informed decisions and start important conversations about equity. We regularly collaborate with tribes, districts and nonprofits to develop and conduct evaluations of grant programs (e.g., grants through the federal Office of Indian Education, other federal grants, and state grants).

Tribal Consultation

Supporting Collaboration

The Every Student Succeeds Act stresses the importance of improving educational outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native students. ESSA has created opportunities for tribes to work more closely with state and local education agencies in support of Native students. We can help you develop and implement a process for genuine and meaningful consultation and support you in preparing specific requests.

Federal Projects

REL Northwest

Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest is one of 10 regional educational laboratories across the nation dedicated to improving the use of research and data in policy and classroom practice. REL Northwest is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

Northwest Comprehensive Center

The NWCC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and provides high-impact training and technical assistance to state education agencies in the Northwest states. Our work focuses on the priorities of educator effectiveness and school improvement.

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