Indigenous Teacher Education
Strengthening the pathway for Native teachers
The College Fund recognizes the importance of Native students learning from Native teachers in their communities. The Indigenous Teacher Education program supports teachers in training at TCUs. These teachers will become strong role models for their students, leading culturally relevant education in their communities and impacting generations to come.
Indigenous Teacher Education Programs
Learn more about our grant programs to strengthen the Native teacher pathway.
Active Program Dates: 2022-2024
The Wounspekiya Unspewicakiyapi Native Teacher Education pilot program seeks to address the teacher shortage in our Native communities through support for K-12 Native teacher recruitment, development, and retention by collaborating with tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) to increase students’ successful attainment of teacher certification and employment and to learn best practices and strategies for future programming.
Our Programs’ Blogs
Read important Program News from the team at College Fund.
Once the Student, Now the Tutor: My GED Story
Just a few years ago, Conrad was a GED student at Oglala Lakota College. Now he is back in the same classroom as the tutor, using his lived experience and TCU education to support students continuing their own education.
Finding the Trail Left for Us
How do we reclaim what Indigenous education is in our communities? This is the question that Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Child Development program is pursuing. Here are four lessons we have learned along the way. A post by Govinda Budrow, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Ihduwiyayapi Project Administrator.
Returning to School Takes Courage: Akiiwaande’s Story
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College’s high school equivalency (HSE) program recognizes that one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings, Aakwa’ode’ewin (bravery), is displayed momentously by its HSE students. This is the story of one those students, Akiiwaande.
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