Native Village Youth and Education News
February 1, 2009 Issue 194 Volume 2
Group aims to boost Native American graduation rate
Arizona: Hopi tribal member, Willard Gilbert, is a former junior high school teacher and current multicultural professor at Northern Arizona University-Flagstaff. He is also past president of the National Indian Education Association and a member of the Campaign for High School Equity. CHSE is a civil rights coalition for high school education reform. One aim is to eliminate achievement gaps for Native students. "The major reason Native students drop out is they are bored," Gilbert said. "There's a disconnect between what they bring to school of their language and culture and what's being taught at school." The way to help Indian students succeed, Gilbert said, is bringing Native oral histories, legends, and language to the school curriculum along with greater involvement by Native elders.
A recent science program between Arizona tribal students and the
national Science Foundation led to higher academic scores and
improved attitude toward science. Gilbert wants to prepare more
Native Students through the STEM program which emphasizes
science, technology, engineering and math. He is working on
educational standards and partnering with Harvard and NIEA to
create Native cultural standards and teacher assessments to use
throughout Indian Country
Their success is credited to:
Robert Kaufman Fabrics:
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