Arizona Department of Education Updates and Resources
Student Strategic Planning Session
The Office of Indian Education (OIE) would like to invite you to participate in a strategic planning Zoom workshop designed to bring students' voices into the OIE Strategic Plan. Students will be able to brainstorm in small groups & collaborate in large groups about your ideas on improving education for Indigenous students in Arizona. We will be focusing on four main areas but welcome all of your ideas.
- Providing school district and communities with resources & tools
- Increase the pathways for Indigenous educators
- ESSA Tribal Consultation, policy development, and Tribal Collaborations
- Convening strategic partnerships with enhanced communication
The meeting will take place on Saturday, Feb 27, 2021, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Please sign up and register in advance for this meeting at this link.
Student Strategic Planning Session Registration
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any difficulties with registration, please contact the Indigenous Strategies communications director at [email protected].
ESSER II Allocations
Today, Superintendent Hoffman announced the allocation of $1.084 billion in ESSER II dollars to our state’s public district and non-profit charter schools. These new funds were allocated to our state through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act enacted by Congress on December 27, 2020.
These federal relief and recovery dollars are intended to support staff, students, and the broader school community as we continue to navigate through and beyond this crisis. To guarantee a baseline funding amount for every public school district and non-profit charter organization in the state, the Arizona Department of Education is contributing discretionary dollars we received from CRSSA to ensure every non-profit LEA – regardless of size or location – receives at least $150,000 in base funding, with $175,000 guaranteed for rural school districts and charters, and $200,000 guaranteed for the most remote school districts and charters.
The Office of Indian Education has compiled educator resources on their web page to help Native, and non-Native educators teach culturally appropriate and relevant content. One such resource is Every Day Native, a resource guide for 4th-12th grade teachers. You can find this resource and more on the OIE Resources for Educators webpage.
OIE Educator Resources
Resources and Update from OIE Partners and Stakeholders
American Indian College Fund
This year, the Association on American Indian Affairs provides scholarships for undergraduate and graduate Native American students who are citizens/members of their Tribal Nation – whether or not their Nation is acknowledged by the federal government. The Association's scholarships are provided to students twice a year until they earn a degree, as long as they maintain a 2.5 GPA and attend full time. Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year close May 31, 2021.
Learn more at Indian-Affairs.org/Scholarships and contact us with any scholarship questions at [email protected].
Native Health: Indigenous Kindergarten Boot Camp
Help your child prepare for kindergarten by tuning into Indigenous Kindergarten Boot Camp. This 18-class program includes various read-aloud activities, and mini-lessons focused on skills necessary to be successful in kindergarten. There will be weekly activities and other fun things for your Native American youth. For more information, email: [email protected].
The Boot Camp is in its third week, but all the previous videos are available on their Facebook page.
Indigenous Kindergarten Boot Camp
UArizona College of Education: “We the people”: Migrant Waves in the Making of America
June 21 – July 2, 2021
This two-week virtual institute for K-12 professionals explores the history of the U.S. through a case study of Arizona, the last continental state added to the union, and a focus on the continuous waves of migration throughout its history. We will explore stories often left out of traditional narratives of U.S. history, which is usually rooted in the thirteen colonies and so erases the experiences of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color. Through interactions with narratives, authors, scholars, and museum collections, participants will gain knowledge and strategies to support their classroom teaching. They will use inquiry strategies experienced in the Arizona case study to research migrant waves in their own states during the institute.
"We the People" Migrant Waves in the Making of America