Announcement: Starting in May, the Office of Indian Education’s (OIE) weekly blog will become a biweekly blog. The blog will still feature great resources, events and updates from the Arizona Department of Education and its Office of Indian Education.
Arizona Department of Education Updates and Resources
Registration Open: Teachers’ Institute, Leading Change, and School Counselors’ Institute
Each year administrators, teachers, and school counselors participate in this learning opportunity led by inspirational keynotes and national speakers who are the leading authorities in their chosen areas. More than ever, we at ADE look forward to providing educators this virtual opportunity to learn, collaborate, and begin planning for the critical role they will continue to play in the education of Arizona’s incredible students. This year’s virtual conference schedule has been built with all three groups of educators in mind. The 2021 Conference theme, Optimism and Opportunity for All, reflects our understanding and recognition that all educators, no matter the obstacles, continue to inspire, cultivate relationships, and focus on teaching and learning for all Arizona students. View the conference website.
- Teachers' Institute and Leading Change June 9-11, 2021 virtual conference
- School Counselors' Institute June 9-10, 2021 virtual conference
Re-Engaging Aspirational Learners Program
In partnership with the Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers - CRR, we're excited to introduce the Re-engaging Aspirational Learners program. Schools will be equipped with program materials and training to support the developing understanding of foundational mathematics of aspirational learners, those who were absent for over 60% of school days from March 2020 to June 2021. With the support of ADE’s federal recovery dollars, this program is open to all districts and charters across the state.
Interested schools can email Melissa Hosten at [email protected] for more information.
Upcoming Job Opening: Title I/II Tribal Grants Specialist
ADE has an exciting, future job opportunity for a Title I/II Tribal Grants Specialist to work within the Educator and School Excellence team! The application window will open next Monday, April 19th, and close on Monday, May 3rd. Starting next week, applicants can visit the following link to apply: https://state-of-arizona.career-pages.com/home
Resources and Events from External Partners and Stakeholders
Gathering of Educators: Best Practices for Native American Students
Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm (MST) – Registration: https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpfuqqqTMoHt2WWqWu5zq6aS1_XB-ajTNG
Workshops at the conference will be centered around listening to our educators, sharing gratitude, and strengthening educator retention and recruitment. Workshop presenters include:
- Serena Denetsosie, Office of Indian Education
- Melodie A. Lopez, Indigenous Strategies
- IngriQue Salt, Indigenous Teacher Education Program
- Nicholas Wilson, Indigenous Intellectual Warriors
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The first 20 registrants will receive a special gift in the mail after attending!
Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP) Fall 2021 Application is open!
The UA College of Education Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP) is currently recruiting teacher candidates for the Fall 2021 cohort. They are aiming to recruit 15 Indigenous teacher candidates. Become a part of the movement to increase the number of Indigenous teachers serving Indigenous students, schools, and communities!
ITEP is a program that prepares future Indigenous educators to integrate their tribal values and language in presentations, lesson plans, and activities. Through the two-year program, cohorts of Indigenous pre-service teachers complete an Elementary Education degree, with a focus on Indigenous Education, and graduate with a teaching certificate.
If you are interested in applying or thinking about applying, send your unofficial transcripts to our academic advisor Sara at [email protected] to begin your ITEP application.
- Must be an enrolled member of a Tribal community.
- Must have AGEC-A or equivalent and Elementary Education prerequisites met and transferred to the UA by August 20th, 2021
- Must apply and be admitted to both the ITEP program and the UA by the posted deadline
If you would like to request an ITEP information session at your location or if you would like to be added to the ITEP listserv, contact ITEP Coordinator, IngriQue Salt @ [email protected] or call (520)-621-2809.