Native education is rooted in the cultures and languages indigenous to North America. State education agencies (SEAs) can help build American Indian and Alaska Native student connectedness to their school by integrating Native culture and language into the teaching and learning process. This integration fosters strong connections between what students experience in schools with their lives outside of school. It also promotes interest in learning academic content by making connections to students' home community.
SEAs can also provide rigorous, standards-aligned instructional resources and professional learning opportunities for teachers that focus on culturally responsive and culture-based curriculum, instructional practices, assessments, and appropriate supports that foster well-being of Native students.
This category has three demonstrations of effective integration.
- State policies, programs, and practices advance the inclusion of Native history and culture for all students.
- State policies, programs, and practices advance the inclusion of Native history and culture in the curriculum for students where tribes are prominent historically or currently.
- The state encourages and supports the implementation of effective practices of culturally responsive and/or culture-based teaching and assessment.