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Native Student Learning Action Plan

COMMITTEE REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
November 21-22, 2002

Cross-Cultural Teacher Orientation Committee Report and Recommendations:

Statement of the Problem

Strategies

Activities

Who is Responsible

Timeline

Evaluation

1.Need for Districts’ and Communities’ efforts to continuously improve relationships, building support for public education as a student-school-community-parent-teacher process.

"Community Orientation" is included as an activity category in 2002-2003 EED Recruitment and Retention Grant.

Native Educator Associations, regional foundations, tribal entities and community-based entities implement cross-cultural orientation programs.

UA system and private colleges.

EED R&R Staff

Native Educator Associations

Regional Entities

August, 2002 - ongoing

Numbers of new teachers retained in school districts with high turnover rates.

2.Lack of preparedness by teachers addressing the needs of "our" students

i.e. --communicating effectively with communities

-knowledge of working ways in the community

Utilized

Teacher Retention and Recruitment Grant

Cross-cultural Orientation Regional Grant

Reference:

Cultural Orientation Program for New Teachers in Southeast Alaska and the LKSD Model

UA system and private colleges.

Respective Districts

Native Teacher Associations

 

On-going

To be developed by respective districts and Regional Native Teacher Associations

3.Lack of financial support for Elders knowledge and participation in cultural orientation sessions

 

 

 

Approach

School Districts to insure that financial support is designated for this type of specific activity

Presentation to districts on importance of utilizing Elders in cultural orientation sessions.

Use AFN Elders Guidelines $150

Regional Native Teacher Associations working cooperatively with the districts

On-going

District Cross-cultural Teacher Orientation Sessions

4.Guidelines for Cross-cultural Teacher Orientation

Incorporating phase model

 

Committee composed of "model" current Cross-cultural Teacher Orientation from districts with members of current committee to develop proposed guide lines

Steering Committee to identify "model" school sponsored Teacher Orientations to work with current committee to develop guidelines

Native Teacher Associations working cooperatively with school districts

On-going

Models as developed and implemented

5.Training for school board members on Cross-cultural Orientation

Committee to develop training sessions

Training session (s) as sponsored at the regional/sub-regional level

Native Teacher Associations working cooperatively with school districts

On-going

Board Training Agendas

6.Training for Superintendents and Administrative Staff of Cross-cultural Orientation

Committee to develop training sessions

Training session (s) as sponsored at the State, regional/sub-regional level

Native Teacher Associations working cooperatively with school districts and State Superintendents Association

On-going

Superintendent Conferences/Principal Conferences and/or Training Agendas

7.Evaluation for Cross-cultural Orientation Program internally/externally

Committee(s) to develop evaluation tool at all levels - school district orientation sessions, at the regional, sub-regional and State level

Research other indigenous evaluation tools

Working session to develop standard evaluation tool

State DOE/Bilingual/Bicultural Program

AKRSI/AFN Lead Teachers

Respective Districts

On-going

Committee appointed by State DOE in cooperation with the State Bilingual /Bicultural Program(s)

 
Immersion Committee Report and Recommendations
Curriculum Committee Report and Recommendations
Cross-Cultural Teacher Orientation Committee Report and Recommendations
Parent/Community Involvement Report and Recommendations
Governance Committee Report and Recommendations
University/College Teacher/Paraprofessional Preparation Report and Recommendations

 

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