The Office of Indian Education (OIE) conducted our strategic planning process between June 2020 and February 2021. The process incorporated Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) and communication patterns to facilitate a collective effort to reignite how OIE supports the needs of internal Arizona Department of Education (ADE) divisions, tribal education departments, local education agencies, caregivers, students, and elected tribal leadership.
Bringing so many voices to the planning sessions resulted in creation of a robust report, as well as precise, timely goals for the OIE. This work culminated in development of a strong vision of educational sovereignty for Arizona’s Indigenous students that may be implemented with the proper resources.
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OIE Vision Statement
Embracing culturally responsive education for all students and educators in collaboration with sovereign tribal nations.
OIE Mission Statement
Elevating access and opportunities for Indigenous students in a collaborative environment
Our Four Core Services
Support School Districts and Communities with Resources - Provide technical assistance that includes culturally-literate tools and resources for both Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and tribal nations and communities.
Increase Pathways for Indigenous Educators - Facilitate increasing the number of Indigenous educators of all levels (teachers, counselors, administrators) to work at schools throughout the state and particularly in rural, tribal communities.
Develop Policies and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consultation Procedures - Facilitate tribal collaboration efforts between ADE and respective tribal nations, as well as engage in high-quality, K-12 Indian education policy development, while upholding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) section 8538 regarding tribal consultation.
Convene Strategic Partnerships and Communications - Work with multiple stakeholders to strengthen relationship-building between diverse groups and within the ADE, revitalize connections to caregivers of Indigenous students, conduct timely dissemination of information and resources, and continue community-based participatory engagement to sustain a vision for successful and thriving students, educators, communities, and tribal nations within Arizona.