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For Immediate Release From USDE!


U.S. Department of Education Awards $10 Million in Projects to Train and Recruit Qualified Native American Educators

AUGUST 3, 2021

Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov

Today, the U.S. Department of Education awarded 29 grants totaling $10 million through the Indian Education Professional Development (PD) program. These grants to colleges and universities throughout the nation, including tribal colleges and universities, address a significant gap in the number of qualified Native American (Native) individuals in education-related professions that serve Native students.

“Representation matters. All students deserve the opportunity to be taught by educators who are diverse and who reflect their backgrounds and experiences—and we know that far too few Native American students have the chance to engage with Native American teachers in their schools and as education leaders and mentors in their communities. That must change,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “I am heartened that this program will help to create a more diverse educator workforce for students across the country and support efforts to recruit and retain more talented Native American teachers and administrators for our schools.”

Each project addresses unique conditions for Native students to have equitable access to well-prepared educators and a more diverse teacher and administrator workforce. Projects help develop and implement initiatives to prepare and retain Native teachers and administrators, with an emphasis on training and professional development that addresses the unique academic and cultural needs of Native students. These grants increase professional development for teachers and administrators to support their efforts to design and implement initiatives that help low-achieving Native students improve their academic achievement, outcomes, and preparation for postsecondary education or employment.

Allowable activities under this program empower Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs), Indian Tribes or Organizations, and State Education Agencies (SEAs) to:

Increase the number of qualified Native individuals in professions that serve in school districts, including charter and Bureau of Indian Education schools, that have a high proportion of Native students;
Provide pre- and in-service training and support to qualified Native individuals to become effective teachers or education administrators;
Improve the skills of qualified Native individuals who serve in the education field; and
Develop and implement two-year induction services initiatives to promote retention of effective Native teachers, principals, and school leaders who have a record of success in helping low-achieving Native students improve their academic achievement, outcomes, and preparation for postsecondary education or employment.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 was amended in 1974 to provide the then-U.S. Commissioner of Education the ability to make special grants “with institutions of higher education, Indian organizations, and Indian tribes for the purpose of preparing individuals for teaching or administering special programs and projects designed to meet the special educational needs of Indian children and to provide in-service training for persons teaching in such programs.” This amendment recognized the importance of increasing the number of qualified Native individuals available to teach Native children. To date, the PD program has remained in effect benefiting over 1,700 pre-service individuals since 2013.

More information about this program can be found at: https://oese.ed.gov/offices/office-of-indian-education/indian-education-professional-development/. Below is a list of the new PD awards listed by state, name of grantee, and award amount for FY 2021.


State
FY 2021 Grantee

Award Amount

Arizona

Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) for and on behalf of Northern Arizona University

$385,437

Arizona

Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) on behalf of Arizona State University

$399,785

Arizona

Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) on behalf of University of Arizona

$399,620

California

Tzicatl Community Development Corporation

$398,457

California

Claremont Graduate University

$318,218

California

Blue Lake Rancheria

$342,656

Idaho

Regents of the University of Idaho

$300,436

Minnesota

St. Cloud State University

$363,599

Montana

Little Big Horn College

$396,309

Montana

Blackfeet Community College

$399,550

Montana

Salish Kootenai College

$394,284

Montana

Fort Peck Community College

$395,097

Montana

Stone Child College

$389,790

Nebraska

Board of Regents, Univ of Nebraska, Univ Nebraska-Lincoln

$98,209

North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

$311,201


Read the full Awared article HERE!: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-awards-10-million-projects-train-and-recruit-qualified-native-american-educators?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=



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U.S. Department of Education Announces $3.2 Billion in Additional Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds to Support Students at Historic and Under-Resourced Institutions
JULY 29, 2021
Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov
The U.S. Department of Education announced today $3.2 billion in additional emergency grants under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). These funds will support students who attend over 1,800 institutions of higher education and provide resources to help these institutions recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Of these funds, $2.97 billion from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) will provide $1.6 billion to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), $143 million to Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), and another $1.19 billion to Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) and under-resourced institutions eligible for the Strengthening Institutions Programs, many of which are community colleges. Additionally, $225 million comes from additional grants from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) to support public and non-profit institutions and their students with the greatest unmet needs related to the pandemic. Today's announcement increases the total amount of funding made available to colleges under the HEERF to more than $76 billion.

"The American Rescue Plan provided critical funds to make sure our nation’s institutions of higher education – particularly those that serve students most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – receive the resources they need in order to provide students with a high-quality education and the social, emotional and mental health supports to earn their degrees and thrive,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “These institutions have a long history of serving our students—particularly students of color, first-generation college students, and other students who are underrepresented in higher education—and the Department stands ready to support them so they can expand their vital services."

The ARP has made historic investments in many of our nation’s historic or under-resourced institutions that educate students whose communities were most acutely affected by the pandemic. These investments include more than $10 billion to community colleges, more than $2.6 billion to HBCUs, approximately $190 million to TCCUs, and more than $13 billion to MSIs such as Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs). ARP resources more than doubled the funding that was previously made available to many of these institutions under the CARES Act and CRRSAA.

Today’s announcement provides funding to institutions that are used to doing more with less to enable the development of programs that expand opportunity for all students. These include initiatives aimed at engaging disconnected students, expanding mental health services, and creating more robust retention programs to ensure more students make it to graduation and are prepared to enter our nation’s workforce. It also reflects the Department’s commitment to providing support, resources, and guidance to institutions, students, and communities throughout the pandemic.

Additional Funding Awarded Through Supplemental Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education and Institutional Resilience and Expanded Postsecondary Opportunity Grant Programs

In addition to the nearly $2.97 billion the Department is announcing under ARP to HBCUs, TCCUs, and MSIs, the Department is announcing an additional distribution of more than $225 million from the CARES Act and CRRSAA to public and non-profit institutions with the greatest unmet needs related to the pandemic through the Supplemental Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education (SAIHE) and Institutional Resilience and Expanded Postsecondary Opportunity (IREPO) Grant Programs. These funds will largely help community colleges which have been hardest hit by the pandemic. This investment will allow such colleges to award additional financial aid to students and fund student support services, such as mental health counseling, retention, and reengagement in postsecondary education.

As part of this $225 million in funding, the Department is awarding 110 institutions more than $113 million in additional grants provided under the CRRSAA through the SAIHE grant program. The bulk of these funds - more than $70 million - is awarded to 60 institutions with a high percentage of low-income students, largely community colleges,

Read the full article HERE!: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-announces-32-billion-additional-higher-education-emergency-relief-funds-support-students-historic-and-under-resourced-institutions?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=


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