Indian Education Professional Development (PD)

Office of Indian Education


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 2018 grants or later 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 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. (via the Professional Development Program Data Collection System). 
Service Payback Obligation Links

State LEA Average Percent of American Indian/Alaska Native students, 2019-20 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title VI Student Counts

State LEA Average Percent of American Indian/Alaska Native students, 2018-19 Common Core of Data Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Data

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

Student and Graduate Images

Image and text provided by the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP) at the University of Arizona.

Mrs. Cypriano and Mrs. Francisco are returning to their home community on the Tohono O’odham Nation to teach with Baboquivari Unified School District. Mrs. Posey will also be returning home on the Navajo Nation to teach at Tuba City Unified School District. Congratulations to our ITEP graduates joining our pool of critical Indigenous teachers. We look forward to supporting you in your next two years of Indigenous teacher induction support. Thank you to the 22 tribes in Arizona, the Indigenous Teacher Education Program team, the University of Arizona College of Education, the Department of Education Office of Indian Education, and all ITEP supporters for joining the movement to increase the number of Indigenous teachers serving Indigenous schools. #IndigenousTeachersAsNativeNationBuilders #TeachersAsNativeNationBuilders

Photo provided by the First Americans’ Educational Leadership Program (FAEL) at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Dr. Camille Locklear Goins is the FAEL Project Director. Click here to learn more about FAEL. Click here for FAEL participant testimonies and to get program updates.

Photo provided by the Native American Education Leadership Program (NAELP) at the University of Mary.

Pictured from left to right: Kolton Keplin, Jason Davis, Jeanette Poitra, Torrie Rae DeCoteau, Dr. Carmelita Lamb (Project Director).  Not pictured: Stephanie Thomas.  All graduates are enrolled members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, North Dakota.

Contact Information

  • Bianca Williams, M.P.A., M.L.S.
    Interim Program Officer
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    Office of Indian Education
    400 Maryland Avenue SW, 3W239
    LBJ Bldg. Washington, DC 20202-633
    (202) 987-0203

    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 20202
    (202) 453-7707