UW College of Education and UW Professional & Continuing Education are offering a new Native Education Certificate program for educators, with hybrid courses beginning Summer 2016. These courses are designed to cultivate the educator's ability to create meaningful and effective relationships with Native American students through a perspective of being a community-based teacher. Educators will develop the expertise of engaging Native students, families, and communities in instruction to ensure Native students thrive and succeed making school and future careers relevant to the pressing needs of Native communities.

This innovative cohort model enables peers to collaborate in scholarship and engage knowledge and skills with Native leaders and educators, creating strong alliances within learning communities. Cultural partnerships will inspire the community-based educator with relevant tools to share with colleagues, communities, and students.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Develop educator’s ability to utilize culturally responsive pedagogies and effectively educate Native American students in ways that students thrive.
  • Prepare educators to create and implement learning environments that respect and engage with Native students and family's culture, traditions and experiences by establishing community based teachers.
  • Cultivate communities of practice that work towards educational transformation for all Native learners and communities.
  • Foster identity development for Native learners in schools.
  • Collaborate with peers and tribal leaders to engage work in a given profession.

EXPERIENTIAL– CULMINATING PROJECT

  • Students will develop projects that are relevant and add capacity to the school/community where they work or are affiliated.
  • Students will be supported by two Native advisors to plan and guide their projects. 
  • Completed projects will become shared through the Indigenous Education Tools website.

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