Indian Education Professional Development (PD)

Office of Indian Education

84.299B

Discretionary/Competitive Grants

Professional Development Grants Program

Program Overview

The purposes of the Indian Education Professional Development Grants program that are relevant to the FY 2021 grant competition are to increase the number of qualified Indian individuals in professions that serve Indians; and to provide training to qualified Indian individuals to become teachers and administrators.

The Professional Development program provides grants to eligible entities to —

  1. Increase the number of qualified Indian individuals in professions that serve Indian students;
  2. The purposes of the Indian Education Professional Development Grants program that are relevant to all grant competitions held to date are to increase the number of qualified Indian individuals in professions that serve Indians, and to provide training to qualified Indian individuals to become teachers and administrators.;
  3. Improve the skills of qualified Indian individuals who serve in the education field; and
  4. Develop and implement initiatives to promote retention of effective teachers, principals, and school leaders who have a record of success in helping low-achieving Indian students improve their academic achievement, outcomes, and preparation for postsecondary education or employment.

The Professional Development program requires individuals who receive training to —

  1. Perform work related to the training received under the program and that benefits Indian students in an LEA that serves a high proportion of Indian students, or to repay all or a prorated part of the assistance received under the program; and
  2. Periodically report to the Secretary on the individual’s compliance with the work requirement until work-related payback is complete or the individual has been referred for cash payback.

FY 2021 Awards Announcement

29 total awards: $10,186,500

Five year awards, intended to support up to 3 years of training and 2 years of induction services to support the licensure, qualifying job placement and retention of Indian education professionals in local educational agencies that serve a high proportion of Indian students. Funding supports tuition, fees, and for full time students, stipends and in some cases dependent allowance. Participants commit to completing service payback obligation in qualifying employment for a length of time equal to their time in training.

  • 2 Indian Organizations (one received 2 awards)
  • 2 Indian Tribes (Choctaw Nation of OK, Blue Lake Rancheria)
  • 8 TCUs (one received 2 awards)
  • 12 public IHEs
  • 2 private IHEs (one received 2 awards)

21 Teacher Training Grants

Grant Awardee State
American Indian Resource Center, Inc. OK
Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona AZ
AZ Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University AZ
Blackfeet Community College MT
Board of Regents of UW System for UW-Milwaukee WI
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma OK
Claremont Graduate University CA
Fort Peck Community College MT
Little Big Horn College MT
Oglala Lakota College SD
Regents of the University of Idaho ID
Salish Kootenai College MT
Sitting Bull College ND
St. Cloud State University MN
Stone Child College MT
Turtle Mountain Community College ND
Tzicatl Community Development Corporation CA
University of Mary ND
University of North Carolina at Pembroke NC
University of North Dakota ND
University of Oregon OR

 

8 Administrator Training Grants

Grantee Awardee State
ABOR for and on behalf of Northern Arizona University AZ
American Indian Resource Center, Inc. OK
Blue Lake Rancheria CA
Board of Regents of the UW-System on behalf of UW-Milwaukee WI
Board of Regents, Univ of Nebraska, Univ Nebraska-Lincoln NE
Oglala Lakota College SD
Portland State University OR
University of Mary ND

Graduate Images

2021 Native American Early Learning Project (NALEP) II Graduates (some not pictured)

*Photo provided and approved for use by the University of Mary.

2021 University of North Carolina at Pembroke, First Americans’ Educational Leadership (FAEL) Program Project Director and Graduates

2021 Stone Child College Teacher Educator Graduates

Contact Information

  • Angela Hernandez, M.A., L.A.S./M.P.Aff.
    PD Program Officer
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    Office of Indian Education
    400 Maryland Avenue SW
    Washington, DC 20202
    (202) 205-1909
    angela.hernandez@ed.gov

    Donna Sabis-Burns, Ph.D.
    Group Leader-Discretionary Grants
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    Office of Indian Education
    400 Maryland Ave SW
    LBJ Bldg. Washington, DC 20002
    (202) 453-7707
    donna.sabis-burns@ed.gov

Last Modified: 08/12/2021