Effective teachers and school leaders provide educational opportunities that prepare Native students to succeed in college and their careers. States can help in addressing gaps in the pipeline of qualified teachers and leaders through professional development and support for recruitment and retention.
Ideally, teachers and leaders would share the same cultural background as the students, or Local Education Agencies (LEAs) would have high expectations of school staff to use culturally appropriate practices.
Additionally, State Education Agencies (SEAs) could engage in efforts to interest Native students in pursuing education careers and work with colleges and universities (including tribal colleges) to recruit Native candidates for teacher education programs. SEAs could also provide professional learning opportunities on cultural relevance to all school staff.
The Teachers and Leaders category has four demonstrations of effective integration.
- The state encourages and supports the recruitment of Native students to serve as future teachers and school administrators.
- The state requires teacher and school leader college preparation programs to build prospective educators’ knowledge of Native culture and history.
- The state requires current teachers and school leaders to increase their understanding of Native students within the context of their family and community structures.
- The state supports and encourages the inclusion of Native speakers and culture experts in school programs. The state creates alternative pathways for certification to honor this knowledge.