2018 Demonstration Grants
2018 NATIVE YOUTH COMMUNITY PROJECTS
American Indian Resource Center, Inc. PR# S299A180040 (OK) ($824,371)
The American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) applicant, will implement the Sequoyah Project, which represents two counties with two rural schools in these counties being our main LEA partners: Sequoyah High School (Cherokee County, BIE-funded) and Vian Public Schools (Sequoyah County). Other schools to be served include 11 sites in Sequoyah County. The Cherokee Nation Educational Department will represent the Cherokee Nation (tribe), Cherokee Nation Foundation and Carl Albert State College will be partners. The Sequoyah Project will use several strategies to meet the need of College and Career Readiness of American Indian students in 20 school sites by using evidenced-based curriculum and proven program strategies. The outcomes of the project is to provide an overall comprehensive approach to college and career readiness for American Indian students, 5- 12 grades, living in Cherokee and Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. The strategies used to reach these outcomes and the GPRA goals are Leadership, Cultural Identification, Academic Enrichment, STREAM, Virtual Learning, ACT test strategies, and Financial Literacy Defined Local Geographical Area Served by the Project: Project Sequoyah, represents the two counties (Cherokee and Sequoyah (southern area) in northeast Oklahoma) we will be serving- the Indian students (2,320) in grades 5-12th grades in 20 schools in these counties, located in rural northeastern Oklahoma in the heart of Cherokee Nation jurisdictional/tribal area and in Cherokee County, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Barriers and Opportunities Addressed by the Project: Barriers include: low income first generation college, low educational levels, high drop-out rate, teenage pregnancy and the lack or desire to achieve any type of college degree/certificate, the isolated location of their schools and its proximity to opportunities and lack of structured mentoring/educational enrichment. American Indian Resource Center, Inc. Opportunities include partner coordination to deliver services to these communities and learn how to have a “Positive Tomorrow”, productive citizen and “BE BEST” (Melania Trump).
Community Based Strategies and Measurable Objectives of the Project: Strategies will be to meet the need of College and Career Readiness of American Indian students using evidenced based curriculum and proven program designs. These schools will have access to several community based strategies and tools (Leadership, Cultural Identification, Academic Enrichment, STREAM, Virtual Learning (interactive field trips/ Skype, ZOOM), OIE/ACT Testing Strategies (adapted for cultural and age level), and Financial Literacy (Junior Achievement programs through the Cherokee Nation Foundation) and “CASC” Positive Tomorrow. Objective 1. By the end of the 48 months, 80 percent of students will have increased their scores on the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale by 10% by participating in Leadership strategy: Project Venture (5-8), Challenge Day, (7 high schools) Native Hope and Cultural Identification, (5-12). Objective 2: By the end of each school year, 80 percent of students participating in Academic Enrichment, STREAM, testing strategies (12 elementary schools), Virtual Learning/ZOOM; will demonstrate an increase in 5 percentage points in two of their core subjects; and those students participating in ACT test strategies (12 elementary and 8 high schools) will demonstrate an increase of 1-2 point on ACT retest. Objective 3: At the end of each school year, the 5th; 6th & 8th grades (12 elementary schools) will have participated in the Junior Achievement strategy and career exploration (5-12th) with an emphasis on careers with a tribal emphasis with 90percent completion rate.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society PR# S299A180039 (NM) ($526,216)
Wóksape Taté Tópa: Community Partnership to Increase College and Career Readiness The project partners include: the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (Indian Organization), Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (Tribe) and its TEA, and four schools: Dupree School (LEA), Timber Lake School (LEA), Takini School (BIE), and Tiospaye Topa School (BIE). All proposed project programs and activities will take place within the geographic area of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) reservation. Wóksape Taté Tópa means the wisdom of the four directions in Lakota, and the heart of the proposed project draws on the wisdom and experiences of the four communities and schools involved in this proposed project. The proposed project will address barriers to college and career readiness, specifically in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students. There are a multitude of barriers to college and career readiness of AI/AN students living on the CRST reservation. Among those are community wide issues like poverty, poor health, and substance abuse, issues that are pervasive and deeply rooted. Additionally, there is a clear need among schools on the CRST reservation to improve the math and science proficiency of its students. To address these issues the proposed project seeks to increase engagement, interest, and competencies in STEM and computer science subjects among students of all ages, build the capacity of the schools to support students in STEM, and generate parent and community support of and engagement in STEM studies and careers, particularly for AI/AN youth on the CRST reservation. Improving STEM education, by introducing novel and culturally relevant STEM curriculum and programs and providing students with opportunities to grow and flourish in new environments, is the mission of the proposed collaborative project. The proposed project will build upon existing relationships, opportunities, and infrastructure established through a FY2016 NYCP grant to scale the current efforts and expand opportunities and resources to all schools, students, teachers, and communities on the CRST reservation. The following are the proposed measurable objectives of the project: 1. Increase STEM interest and competencies among students in grades K-12 through in-class lessons, family STEM nights, summer- and after-school programs, AISES events, college preparation resources and activities, and STEM research;
2. Increase the STEM education capacity of Dupree, Timber Lake, Takini, and Tiospaye Topa Schools through curriculum development, teacher training and professional development, college readiness resource development, and STEM supplies and equipment; and 3. Increase CRST community interest and engagement in STEM, particularly among parents through family STEM nights, outreach and promotion conducted by CRST, and involvement of CRST elders and community members in developing and incorporating Lakota culture and language in all the proposed project activities. In this community-based project, AISES will provide STEM knowledge, program development and implementation. CRST will generate community support and participation, and the four schools will provide educational expertise and facilities, as well as recruit administrator, teacher, and student participants. All the partners have the expertise and passion to effectively develop, implement, and evaluate the proposed project in order to significantly improve the college and career readiness of AI/AN students on the CRST reservation.
Bay Mills Indian Community PR# S299A180045 (MI) ($494,098)
Bay Mills Indian Community (BMIC), a federally recognized tribe, is allowing Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills (commonly referred to as the Club) to apply on their behalf. The Club, an Indian organization and a department of the BMIC, is the lead applicant for this grant and will serve as the administrative agency managing the development, application and assessment of the EmPOWERing Our Youth program. There are four components to this project that will provide a comprehensive approach to assisting the youth of the community in achieving in school and improving their educational opportunities. Part one of the project will entail expanding upon “Power Hour.” This is a homework lab and tutoring service that is currently available through the Club. The expansion will include hiring additional staff members that are able to assist parents and students in optimizing their educational experience through tutoring and homework help; resource identification and facilitation of workshops for parents to enable them to academically help their child/student; and support staff that is able to coordinate communication between the student, parent and school. This will help to ensure that all the needs are met for each child (and parent/family) involved in the program. Power Hour will also be able to introduce a computer/tablet lab for the area Native American youth. Part two of the project will involve bringing more consistent and ongoing cultural teachings into all three Club sites by hiring one full-time staff member that is strictly devoted to this. The third part of the project involves increasing access to the Club by purchasing a 15-person van to transport students to and from the Bay Mills and Brimley Club sites, to also include funding to license current staff members to drive transportation. This will allow for more access to the resources available to the students. Finally, part four of the project will be the introduction of a robotics and science camp for the Native American youth in grades 6-12. This proposed program will primarily serve BMIC tribal youth, as well as many Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians youth. Approximately 363 youth (ages 5-19) will benefit from this project. The club is open to all youth in the area, however, those that do attend are primarily Native American (244 of the attendees are Native American). The primary priority of this project is to effectively develop a program that improves the educational opportunities and achievement of Native American students.
Bernalillo Municipal School District PR# S299A180049 (NM) ($770,468)
Consortium Members: Schools: Bernalillo Public School (BPS). Tribes and Tribal Education Departments: Pueblos of Cochiti, Santo Domingo, San Felipe, Zia, Jemez. Organizations: Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School and College Horizons, Inc. Program Name: BPS Student Success Program (SSP) Purpose: In national conversations college and career readiness is typically framed with the goal to prepare a future workforce that is ready to compete in the global economy. As educators we grapple with the question, “what does it mean to be college and career ready?” When thinking of college and career readiness from an indigenous framework the question is deepened to ask, “What does it mean to be college and career ready and what does it mean to be community and culture ready?” In other words, what does connecting college and career readiness to community and culture look like? The purpose of the Student Success Program is to provide culturally relevant college and career readiness programs that are rooted and aligned with Pueblo core values, community, culture and career needs so that Pueblo students will be their full self without having to choose between community and culture and/or career and college. Outcomes and Priorities: 1) Provide a culturally relevant college and career readiness curriculum for 7th-12th grade BPS students that meets the needs and reflects the community, cultural, linguistic, economic and core values of the Pueblo communities, 2) Increase parent/family and Pueblo community engagement in college and career readiness curricular goals through institutes that gather the needs, recommendations and priorities of the community, 3) Align the CCCRC in the school, home, Pueblo Tribal Education Departments so that students, families, communities and the school can collectively and comprehensively support and advise students on college and career pathways that reflect the community and cultural priorities, and 4) Provide school based and community based individualized advising to students and families and achieve a 100:1 student to counselor ratio by placing 7 Student Success Coordinators in the high school and middle schools to support the current school counselors. Number of Participants to be Served: A total of 610 Native American students in BPS middle and high school will be served alongside 500 parents/families. Through the Leadership Institute’s gatherings and College Horizons trainings 300 educators, parents, community members will be served. The Number and Proposed Sites: Four school sites (Bernalillo High & Middle School, Cochiti Middle School and Santo Domingo Middle School) and 7 Pueblo communities and Departments of Education (Cochiti, Santo Domingo, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Sandia, Jemez, and Zia). Activities to Secure Employment for Participants: Through the convening’s of the Leadership Institute, the economic, career needs and priorities of the Pueblos will be identified and then integrated into the adaptation of the college and career readiness curriculum. This alignment allows for the school, Pueblo and students/parents to work strategically on career pathways that allow a Pueblo student to contribute meaningfully to their home community. Additionally, the Leadership Institute’s established Summer Youth Tribal Employment program will provide 20 summer internships each year of the grant to BPS students. The Student Success Coordinators will identify other career readiness programs offered in BPS and in the Pueblos and will work with students to complete applications for participation. For example, Bernalillo Public Schools has a Carl Perkins Career Pathway grant and Pueblo youth will be encouraged to participate in a pathway of their choice. Certain Pueblos also offer summer internships such as San Felipe, who offers internships in the Department of Natural Resources and in Government Administration.
Blackwater Community School PR# S299A180006 (AZ) ($782,483)
Purpose and Expected Outcomes of the Project: The Developing Readers: A Home, School and Community Partnership Model project is designed to meet the absolute priority of ensuring Native American children/students are college and career ready through a comprehensive, needs-based, three-tiered model focused on literacy/reading proficiency delivered in the home and school through community partnerships. The overarching goal of the proposed project is to ensure that all children on Gila River Indian Reservation become proficient readers by third grade. The identified goals for the project are as follows: Goal 1: Increase the reading proficiency level of all students enrolled in K-3 at the School Choice partners utilizing an Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) evidence-based curriculum. Goal 2: Initiate a comprehensive home visiting/family engagement program with a focus on literacy within the home and community. Goal 3: Establish two demonstration preschool sites to expand high quality education to meet the unfulfilled need on Gila River Indian Reservation. Goal 4: Establish a cross-sector, professional learning community that builds the capacity of families to engage in home-based literacy practices and the development of school-based reading expertise of all teachers in preschool – 3rd grade schools that results in an increase in the reading proficiency of all students. The School Choice partners schools and Early Childhood Centers for the Developing a Reader proposal includes: Blackwater Community School (BIE Pre-K-3) Lead and fiscal agent, Akimel O’Otham Pee Posh Charter School (3-5), Gila Crossing Community School (BIE Pre-K–8), Sacaton Elementary School District (Pre-K–8), St. Peter Indian Mission School (K-8) and Tribal Education’s Early Childhood Learning Centers. Community Partnerships include First One Hundred Institute that will coordinate with the National Center for Family Learning to deliver a three-tiered professional development and technical assistance model for the Home Visiting/Family Engagement program, for the Preschool program utilizing the Circles® curriculum and the delivery of a comprehensive K-3 reading -professional development model. Southwest Human Development will expand and train pediatricians at three clinics on the Reach Out and Read project. Julie Cibbarelli, DIBELS Trainer, will work with the schools on administering and analyzing DIBELS reading data. Arizona State University will conduct the project evaluation. Defined Local Geographic Area: The Gila River Indian Community is a 374,000-acre Indian Reservation located in South Central Arizona, bordering the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Community lies south of the cities of Phoenix, Tempe, and Chandler, and north of Casa Grande. GRIC is the fourth largest federally recognized Native American Tribe in the United States and consists of two distinct tribes the Pimas (Akimel O’Odham) and Maricopas (Pee Posh).The Barriers and Opportunities to be Addressed by the Project: The seeds for readiness are planted in the home — readiness for school, readiness for career success, readiness for college. Gila River Tribal families stand among thousands of Indian families nationwide who fight a continuing battle to achieve optimal conditions for growing career-oriented learners that are ready. The partners intend to implement Develop Readings across the Gila River Indian Reservation by overcoming the biggest barriers to college and career readiness—limited family engagement centered on literacy, limited access to high quality preschools programs, the adoption of evidenced-based reading programs in K-3 that will ensure that all children are proficient readers at the end of third grade as measured by AZ. Merit and a comprehensive professional development model focused on the home, school and the community. The ultimate goal of the proposal is to ensure that all students are proficient readers in 3rd grade; there by, becoming “College and Career” ready students.
Blue Lake Rancheria PR# S299A180007 (CA) ($721,866)
Applicant: Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe. Consortium for Tribal Innovation and Entrepreneurship (C-TIE) Partners: Humboldt County Office of Education (LEA), Northern Humboldt Union High School District. Purpose and Expected Project Outcomes: The proposed Pathmakers program is a community-driven, comprehensive project to help K-12 Native Youth in Humboldt County (Northwest California) become college- and career-ready through culturally-adapted, extra-curricular, STEAM-focused “makerspace” programming that provides them with additional choices and paths for accessing educational opportunities. Outcomes for Native Youth in Pathmakers include gaining the skills and competencies that make them college and career ready. The project design seeks to foster the following attributes in Native Youth participants: 1) enhanced self-efficacy, 2) greater ability to set goals and persist in achieving them, and 3) stronger interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). The program is designed to address achievement gaps and strengthen the self-determination of Native Youth as they come to see themselves as capable and contributing members of ingenious and resilient cultures. Pathmakers program evaluations will seek to determine if improvements in self-efficacy, goal-setting, and persistence lead to skill and competency acquisition, and thus to higher rates of retention and post-secondary attainment (college or career). An additional outcome is the development of culturally-adapted K-12 makerspace curricula. The project team has an objective of developing (a minimum of) 104 K-12 STEAM-based “modules” over the four years of project delivery. Number of Participants to be Served: Pathmakers includes programming available to 1,600 K-12 Native American students in public schools in Humboldt County. The program team has established a goal of a minimum of 500 participants per year (after-school, weekend, summer). Number and Location of Proposed Sites: The Pathmakers program will be accessible to all 27 school districts in Humboldt County with Native Youth enrolled, but will prioritize mobile outreach and on-site programming to sites with a higher numbers of Native Youth (NY), including nine districts with 616 NY students combined: Eureka City Schools (212 NY students), McKinleyville Union Elementary (98 NY students), Northern Humboldt Union High (108 NY students), Fortuna Elementary (44 NY students), South Bay Union Elementary (43 NY students), Cutten Elementary (39 NY students), Loleta Union Elementary (36 NY students), and Humboldt County Office of Education (28 NY students). The following schools have between 10 and 25 NY students (a total of 133) and will be also included in the mobile outreach at lower rates: Arcata Elementary, Blue Lake Union Elementary, Ferndale Unified, Freshwater Elementary, Mattole Unified, Pacific Union Elementary, Southern Humboldt Joint Unified, and Trinidad Union Elementary. Summer mobile outreach programming (workshops, camps) will also be held on-site at tribal reservations (see tribe list below) and will be able to reach hundreds of NY not reached in after-school programs (e.g., there are 570 K-12 students in the Hoopa Tribe). How the project will conduct activities to assist participants in identifying and securing qualifying employment: HCOE and NHUHSD offer several Career Technical Education (CTE) programs including: 1) Education at Work, 2) Humboldt Maker Movement, 3) Trades Academy, 4) Health Career Exploration Project, and 5) Skills Academy. By supporting CTE high school career pathway programs, employers in Humboldt County help bridge the connection from classroom to real work experiences, while building a pipeline of future employees. The C-TIE consortium partners recognize that early exposure to career options is critical, and work to help learners explore their career options while in school, rather than waiting until after graduation.
Indian Tribes Involved with the Project: Members of the Bear River, Blue Lake, Big Lagoon, Hoopa, Karuk, Table Bluff, Trinidad, and Yurok tribes will be involved in this project.
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes PR# S299A180027 (OK) ($663,017)
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes is a federally-recognized American Indian Tribe and an established Tribal Education Agency (TEA) with jurisdiction located in Western Oklahoma. The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes service area includes 8,996 square miles, serving nine counties, including: Beckham, Blaine, Canadian, Custer, Ellis, Kingfisher, Roger Mills, Washita, and Woodward Counties. Canadian County is considered the only urban county within the tribes’ service area, and all eight remaining counties are considered rural areas without adequate resources available within the rural jurisdictional proximity. The total population of tribal members is 12,631. The total number of local tribal members are 5,251. There are 1,435 tribal members employed above the poverty line include and 4,075 members underemployed and living below the poverty level. The total number of unemployed tribal members in all counties is 3,103. This project focuses on students attending elementary school, beginning in third grade, and extending into middle school through the eighth grade. The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Department of Education conducted a needs assessment survey at the partnering rural based local educational agency (LEA) within our service area, including Clinton Public Schools. Based upon these assessments, the data displayed a strong need for college and career preparation, as well as tutoring and cultural education. The barriers identified consisted of high unemployment rates, and employment opportunities, limited resources, and lack of educational activities. Objectively, the tribes will utilize a community based strategy with measurable outcomes outlining goals that focus on increasing attendance, improve after-school programs, increase community initiatives to engage parents and children in educational and cultural activities, improve GPA, collaborate to build community based resources and continue STEP-NYCP mentorships.
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma PR# S299A180008 (OK) ($731,463)
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, in partnership with Jones Academy
(BIE-funded school) and Hartshorne Public School, plans to implement Project Pehlichi (Choctaw translation: Leader) at Choctaw Nation Head Start centers and Jones Academy to create culturally aware, competent, confident Native students who are prepared to pursue college and career opportunities. Project Pehlichi will be housed at Jones Academy in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. Students range in grades 1st through 12th, with approximately 75 percent of students from rural areas and small towns in eastern Oklahoma. Project Pehlichi will create a culturally rich learning environment in all Choctaw Nation Head Start Centers by implementing technology, STEAM activities, and Conscious Discipline trainings; Jones Academy Elementary will implement Voyager and Reading Plus reading programs. Project Pehlichi will provide structure and support for Jones Academy students in grades 7th – 12th to enhance the outcome of high school graduates and college and career success rates by establishing a Student Success Center. Project Pehlichi staff will host STEAM Camps for Native elementary and secondary students on the Jones Academy campus and STEAM Saturdays for Native students in grades 5-12 to expose and promote college and career readiness in regional locations in CNO territory. Project Pehlichi will serve 2,505 Native students during the 48 month project period. With culture being at the heart of Choctaw Nation Head Start’s work, using an instructor that focuses on cultural competency and Native children is integral. Conscious Discipline (CD) is a leader in classroom management and provides a transformational, whole-school solution for social-emotional learning, discipline, and self-regulation. CD equips educators to integrate social-emotional learning, discipline, and self-regulation so that teachers spend less time policing behavior and more time teaching vital life skills. Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma – Project Pehlichi Special Programs for Indian Children – Demonstration Grants (NYCP).When students have the ability to read with confidence and read well, a foundation is established to succeed in other academic endeavors. Voyager reading programs deliver results across the spectrum of student needs including those in special education, ELL, and those who have simply fallen behind. Reading Plus reading program focuses on two key domains of reading motivation (interest and confidence) and how they relate to reading comprehension, efficiency, and overall reading proficiency.
Students succeed in their educational endeavors when they have the tools and support needed. A Student Success Center will be established at Jones Academy to ensure 7th – 12th grade students will have access to quality tutoring and have the necessary equipment to succeed. STEAM will be implemented through elementary and high school summer camps and STEAM Saturdays will rotate quarterly to regional locations in the 10.5 counties of the Territory. Adding the art component to STEM (Science, Technology, engineering and math) helps bring Native American culture into the lives of Indian students and develops the whole learner. Project Pehlichi has a range of partners entwined in the project to maximize both the effectiveness and quality of service. Jones Academy, Hartshorne Public Schools, and Choctaw Nation Head Starts will be critical components to this project. Other partners include parents, American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), UNITY Native Leadership, American Indian Institute (Aii) at the University of Oklahoma, NASA, corresponding school districts and community providers and other Choctaw programs that serve the target population. The Choctaw Nation believes that Project Pehlichi will spearhead dramatic changes in student success.
Coeur d’Alene Tribe PR# S299A180001 (ID) ($627,706)
The Coeur d’Alene Tribe Native Youth Community Project is developed to provide educational opportunities for preschool children who are not enrolled in early learning program due to not meeting the Head Start Low Income guidelines (over income) and improve educational opportunities for secondary students in grades 9 – 12 on the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Reservation. The defined local geographic area is to ensure that Native American students are prepared for college and careers. The program will be implemented in partnership with the Tribe and Coeur d’Alene Tribe Early Childhood Learning Center and Plummer-Worley School District. In addressing this purpose, the performance standard is to significantly increase community collaboration efforts that promote college and career readiness of preschool and high school students.
The overarching goal of the Coeur d’Alene Native Youth Community Program is to design and implement a place based college and career readiness Science, Technology, Engineer, Art, Math (STEAM) for preschool age children and a cultural responsive STEM high school and college preparation program for high school students attending Plummer-Worley School District. A cultural responsive pedagogy is designed to increase school attendance, student success, and school retention and strengthen cultural identity. To achieve, the program has four objectives: 1) In collaboration with Coeur d’Alene Tribe Early Childhood learning Center, Natural Resources, and Lake Management Staff, design and implement a culturally place-based STEAM College and Career readiness program for 18 preschool age children and their families.
2) In partnership with Plummer-Worley School Staff, Natural Resources and Lake Management Staff create and implement a cultural Responsive School Success Program in collaboration with Families, Plummer-Worley School District Administrators, School Counselors and Teaching Staff for approximately 125 students. 3) In partnership with Plummer-Worley School District Staff, families, and with North Idaho College and University of Idaho develop a college and career preparation program. 4) Develop a college program for juniors and senior attending the Plummer-Worley School District in partnership with families, school counselors and with North Idaho College and University of Idaho. For each objective, there is a series of strategies and activities to meet the objective in the management structure for the program.
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes PR# S299A180044 (MT)($635,267)
Two Eagle River School (TERS), the BIE-funded high school of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) proposes to partner with CSKT Tribal Health, Nkwusm Salish Language Immersion School, Kicking Horse Job Corp, Selis- Qlispe Culture Committee and Salish Kootenai College to improve the college and career readiness of American Indian students attending TERS. The overall goal of the TERS NYCP is to increase the educational performance of American Indian students in order to ensure that upon graduation, each student is well prepared for college and/or a career. The intended outcomes of the project are designed to promote systematic, reservation-wide, and long-lasting change by: 1. Increasing the capacity of TERS to provide career and college counseling, mentoring and instruction for AI students and their families;
2. Enhancing the cultural opportunities for TERS students and families through curriculum transformations, cultural field trips, Salish language instruction, and other opportunities; 3. Enhancing the cooperation and connections among tribal partners; 4. Advancing the pedagogical skills for educators and counselors working with AI students, particularly around differentiated instruction; 5. Increasing the efficacy of the Indian Education Committee to advocate for AI students and families regarding student growth and college/career readiness; and 6. Creating sustainable materials and messaging for AI youth and families about the importance of career/college planning that may be used beyond the grant period. The TERS NYCP will serve 110 TERS students and approximately 400 family members each year on the Flathead Reservation in Northwest Montana (Appendix C). The applicant and partners have conducted a thorough analysis and survey of the greatest barriers for tribal students and have based our project goals and activities on quantitative and qualitative data that form a comprehensive needs assessment. This needs assessment, with the input of AI parents and family members, indicate the many challenges of AI youth in becoming well prepared for college and careers. The lack of effective college and career information and support for AI student and their families, combined with the lack of cultural connections to education, limits American Indian students’ interest and success in college and career readiness. It is the intent of this project to assist TERS students in setting and achieving college and career goals in order to identify and obtain employment.
Therefore, the TERS NYCP plans to increase the college and career education AI students and their families through the following goals: Goal 1: TERS students will be academically, socially, and emotionally prepared for college and/or career success Goal 2: TERS teachers will deliver culturally relevant, rigorous, and engaging instruction that results in a higher percentage of career and college ready students Goal 3: TERS parents and family members will receive support and resources to ensure their children are socially, emotionally, and academically prepared for college and careers
Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. PR# S299A180016 (AK) ($965,726)
Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. (CITC), in partnership with the Anchorage School District, a LEA, proposes Passages to demonstrate the effectiveness of a program to improve the educational opportunities and achievement of Alaska Native/American Indian students at the 6th-8th grade level, when in-school and out-of-school barriers to college and career readiness combine most acutely. The proposed project will create a new local opportunity designed to increase access to educational choice through a public educational program by enhancing course choice with in-school support services and extra-curricular community engagement activities for Alaska Native/American Indian 6th- 8th grade students in the geographic area of Anchorage. The proposed project is responsive to three Competitive Preference Priorities, as well as the Absolute Priority, entitling it to 11 Competitive Preference points, as follows:
•Priority 2: CITC is the lead applicant. •Priority 3: CITC is a current Alaska Native Education Program awardee •Priority 4: the proposed program will increase Indian students’ access to educational choice. Passages will serve a total of 416 Alaska Native/American Indian students over 4 years, incorporating 6 evidence based methods into project design: a) Multi-Grade Classrooms, b) Project-Based Learning (PBL), c) Culturally Based Education (CBE), d) Fab Lab, e) Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and f) Youth Advocacy (YA). Passages’ project design is appropriate to, and will successfully address, needs related to academic barriers by providing in school educational choice. It will address needs related to school climate and connectedness barriers by incorporating Alaska Native culture into the classroom environment and retaining a Youth Advocate at each participating school. An optional after school club, focused on developing computer assisted three dimensional design solutions to community problems, will create an additional engagement point for youth. Facilitated by the Youth Advocate and taught by a K-8 teacher, the 3-D Club will bridge school and community service. The proposed project design addresses needs related to out of school barriers by making Youth Advocates available to assist families access community resources. Resources directly available through CITC programs include Employment and Training services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), parenting supports, healthy relationship classes, child care assistance, and recovery services. Other services, including health care, victim services, and early learning, are available by referral to community partners.
Del Norte County Office of Education PR# S299A180042 (CA) ($789,899)
Redwood Coast Indian Career Pathways Program (RC) The Del Norte County Office of Education’s Redwood Coast Indian Career Pathways Program is named for the towering redwoods among which the Yurok, Tolowa and Karuk people of Northwestern California have lived for over 10,000 years. Redwood Coast will serve nearly 700 American Indian Gr. 6-12 students in a comprehensive high school, one continuation high school, one charter high school, one middle school and two K-8 schools across an area bigger than Delaware. The program serves students from California’s largest tribe, as well as students from the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Resighini Rancheria, and Elk Valley Rancheria. Locally on Tribal lands and in the community, good-paying, mid-level and high-skills jobs are available, but too often go unfilled because local American Indian adults lack the requisite skills and credentials. Redwood Coast seeks to address these challenges and opportunities and prepare AI students with a clear plan for during and after high school and the skills necessary to achieve their post-secondary goals. While not all students have the same skills or familial support, all deserve a pathway to success in school and life. WR will focus on three career pathways offering students opportunities aligned with both tribal and non-tribal careers. The three pathways offer job opportunities, living wages and the opportunity for those young people who wish to develop the skills necessary to follow their own entrepreneurial dreams. They are: (1) Early Childhood Education and Teaching, (2) Natural Resources, and (3) Business, Small Business, Entrepreneurship. All three align with “Targets of Opportunity” identified by the Labor Market Information Division of the California Employment Development Department. Through a partnership with College of the Redwoods, through these three pathways students will have the opportunity to earn college credits as part of dual enrollment classes offered at the high schools by College of the Redwoods, our community college partner.
The participating tribes will host summer cultural, work and internship activities for students. Redwood Coast Goals, Objectives and Performance Measures
Goal 1: By 2022 increase American Indian high school graduation rate from 82.40% to 90% Goal 2: By 2022 increase the college ready American Indian student rate from 18.53% to 36% Goal 3: American Indian 8th graders will transition successfully to high school. Goal 4: 50% of American Indian graduates will earn at least nine dual enrollment units or complete at least one 100 hour internship (work experience) in their pathway Goal 5: Sustain the program beyond Federal funding. RC will fund a 0.25 Project Director from DNCOE, a 1.0 FTE Project Coordinator and 0.5 FTE Career and Internship Coordinator (both employed by the Yurok Tribe), and six school district staff (three Site Leads [SL) and three Indian Education Techs [IET]). WR uses school employees because they have full access to students and their data, are school based and receive support and supervision from school principals (whose performance is evaluated by how students achieve). The SLs, IETs and Title 6 staff will be trained how to help students and families select and apply for college/post-secondary programs and receive coaching and support to directly work with college-bound students as well as students pursuing career and technical training so all 12th graders complete the FAFSA and are supported to apply for scholarships and financial aid. DNCOE, the Yurok and Tolowa Education Depts. and partners will work with the California Indian History Curriculum Coalition (CIHCC) to develop and review curriculum that integrates the American Indian experience across the curriculum. The curriculum will be posted to tribal, district and the CIHCC website. Teachers in WR schools will also participate in trauma informed instruction PD to help children develop resilience, or the ability to overcome serious hardship. Redwood Coast meets the Absolute Priority by focusing on ensuring Indian students from a defined geographic area are prepared for college and careers. It meets Competitive Preference Priority (CPP) 1 because DNCOE is an RLIS district. WR meets CPP 4 by providing families support and counseling. Through its evidence-based design and its adherence to best practices Redwood Coast has the potential to be suitable for replication or testing in other settings.
Fairbanks Native Association PR# S299A180011 (AK) ($675,445)
Purpose and Expected Outcomes of the Project: The Fairbanks Native Association (FNA), in partnership with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD), proposes Native Families Engage in Education & Career Development, a project designed to pave the way to success for college and career readiness by providing wrap-around social/emotional support and academic interventions to address low performance of Alaska Native students in Fairbanks, to include career day and attendance improvement. Project objectives are: a) annually, at least 20 of Alaska Native students meet or exceed proficiency in reading and math scores from fall to spring assessment as measured by AIMS web Plus Universal Screening scores; b) Annually, 40 percent of Alaska Native students served increase their attendance as measured by the District’s PowerSchool Premier database; and c) Annually, at least 30 percent of parents with Alaska Native students served, increase their parental involvement as measured by parent self-reporting surveys. Applicable Priorities: Absolute Priority 1 – Fairbanks Native Association is applying as the Tribe for Fairbanks as authorized by Doyon, Limited via the attached tribal authorization resolution. The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is the local LEA and is a partner in this grant application via the attached MOA.
Competitive Preference Priority 2 – Fairbanks Native Association is the lead applicant and Tribe for Fairbanks. Competitive Preference Priority 3 – The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is the main partner for this grant project and the District has received an Alaska Native Education grant (ESEA sections 6301-6306) within the last four years. Competitive Preference Priority 4 – This project will be increasing access to educational choice for students who are Indian (Alaska Native) in the form of academic and social support during the school day, provided by 9 Family Services Coordinators, 1 Project Director, and after school family engagement and career development events.
Number of Participants to Be Served: At least 630 Alaska Native students.
Number and Location of Proposed Sites:Nine elementary schools in the Fairbanks North Star Borough will be served by this project. We will work with the School District to determine which schools demonstrate the most need according to Alaska Native student data upon receipt of grant funds.
How the Project Will Conduct Activities to Assist Participants in Identifying and Securing Qualifying Employment: This project includes 9 Family Services Coordinators and 1 Project Director who will work with elementary students to increase reading/mathematics scores, provide increased social-emotional support to reduce the burden of outside barriers to help children focus on learning in school, increase attendance of participants to increase graduation rates and career development activities for children and families – all to increase academic preparedness and graduation rates so Alaska Native children can move on to college and career success. Indian Tribes Involved in the Project: Doyon, Limited has authorized Fairbanks Native Association to apply as the Tribe for Fairbanks, Alaska.
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe PR#S299A180003 (SD) ($968,741)
Title: Demonstration Education Project Population to be served: This application is a concerted and cooperative effort between the Flandreau Sioux Tribe and the Flandreau School District. The School District is non-Native and this is the first Memorandum of Agreement between the two entities. There are over 200 Flandreau Tribe students in the District schools; grade, middle and high school. The schools are situated in and around the Flandreau reservation. Goals: Increase student capabilities socially, emotionally, spiritually, and academically so they will be prepared to enroll in to higher education courses and/or prepare them for careers. Expected outcomes:Students’ and parents’ needs will have been addressed through the completion of this project. All Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe students will have participated in all of the objectives and activities during the three year project. The Flandreau School District will have institutionalized the South Dakota State certified Dakota Language Courses in the middle and senior high schools. The school district will have also institutionalized the culturally relevant history and social studies courses developed from this project. Data to be collected: The Flandreau Sioux Tribe will compile all quantitative and qualitative data collected throughout the three year project. A comprehensive final report will be produced that includes all objectives and activities and the impact will be identified utilizing data collected.
Fort Peck Community College PR# S299A180021 (MT) ($999,114)
The Chanté Demonstration project is a partnership between Fort Peck Community College and four school districts on the Fort Peck Reservation. The four school districts are Brockton School District, Frazer School District, Poplar School District, and Wolf Point School District. These schools serve the children of the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes. The purpose of the project is to help Native American students on the Fort Peck Reservation be better prepared for college and careers through individualized career pathway planning, intentional protective factors design, and promotion of noncognitive skills development. The expected outcomes of the project are: 1) Teachers understand risk factors and effectively use strategies to address trauma; 2) School attendance increases by 10 percent at each district; 3) Increase math and English language achievement scores by 5 percent; 4) 100 percent of middle school students identify and explore career fields of interest; 5) 80 percent of high school students have a career pathway plan in place; 6) 80 percent of high school students experience FPCC prior to graduation; and 7) 50 percent of high school students earn college credit prior to graduation; 8) increase graduation rates by 6 percent; and 9) 50 percent of high school graduates enter college within the first year of graduation. The Chanté Demonstration project meets qualifications for the absolute priority as a Native Youth Community Project and 3 Competitive Preference Priorities: 1) the project includes four eligible LEAs (school districts listed above); 2) FPCC is an eligible TCU and serves as the lead partner, and 4) the project offers families and individuals alternatives for high quality education. The project will serve over 1,000 students and impact approximately 100 teachers across the four sites in the geographic area of the Fort Peck Reservation. The project includes various career preparation activities for students in middle through high school and into college. These will include job shadowing, career exploration, deep career investigation, and field trips to various businesses and industries in the region. These activities will help participants (students) become more career and college ready. The project includes the Fort Peck Tribal Education Department (TEA) as a partner. In addition, the project will engage the Fort Peck Language & Culture Department to provide support. These tribal entities will be important to project success.
Goldbelt Heritage Foundation PR# S299A180039 (NM) ($803,079)
Goldbelt Heritage Foundation meets all the Absolute and Competitive Preference Priorities 1 to 4 for the NYCP grant. GHF is requesting award funds to develop the Atwusku Toonaxh Yeekawdigan: Your Knowledge Shines Around You. This project is designed to collaboratively promote the college and career readiness of Indian children, by remedying the persistent low achievement, absenteeism, and dropout rates for our Alaska Native youth, which is the result of an educational system which has historically lacked culturally relevant and responsive education. The Atwusku Toonaxh Yeekawdigan: Your Knowledge Shines Around overall goal of this project is to increase fluency in the Tlingit language and provide opportunities for Alaska Native and American Indian (AN/AI) youth in Juneau, Angoon and Klukwan to experience college and have multiple supports in culture-based career pathways. The project will serve 5 High Schools within the three communities inclusive of Juneau Douglas High School, Yakoosge Daakahidi, Thunder Mountain and Chatham High Schools in Angoon and Klukwan. This project is designed to prepare AN/AI students for college and career planning, focusing on careers which include the Tlingit Language by weaving several strands Grant Objective 1: GHF language experts will work in partnership with University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) to establish Occupational Endorsements; Grant Objective 2: Provide early college pathways and career guidance and support for AN/AI high school students to attend dual enrollment (high school and college) classes in Tlingit Language, Northwest Coast Art, Small Business Management with Ethnomathematics, Fisheries Technology, Creative Writing, Alaska Native Studies and Pathways for Early Teachers each year of the grant, with the academic support of a tutor in addition to youth participating in work experience opportunities. Grant Objective 3: Provide 10 teachers training on newly developed Tlingit Language Minor/Occupation Endorsement curriculum and Tlingit Language Scope and Sequence Levels 4 and 5. Grant Objective 4: Provide a series of monthly career and college readiness counseling classes and college exploration trips for students serving a total of 70 students over the 4 year project period. Grant Objective 5: Create twelve (12) teacher toolkits for occupational endorsement coursework. Grant Objective 6: Implement Trauma Informed Schools curriculum workshops for teachers in the Juneau School District. Grant Objective 7: Develop advisory committee by the end of Grant Year One to coordinate Trauma Informed Services advocacy, policy development, implementation, and coordination with other initiatives for the Juneau School District, families, and the greater community service providers. This project will be implemented through community partnerships, with the Douglas Indian Association (federally recognized Tribe comprised of Tlingit tribal members), Juneau School District, Chatham School District, University of Alaska Southeast and Alaska Native elders, mentors, parents and youth. Atwusku Toonaxh Yeekawdigan: Your Knowledge Shines Around You will serve a total 300 students, families, community members, teachers, and other local service providers each year of the project.
Hydaburg City School District PR# S299A180025 (AK) ($732,284)
Hydaburg City School District (LEA) has partnered with the Hydaburg Cooperative Association (Tribe-Haida) to apply for the Native Youth Community Project: GULGA. In Haida, this means Industrious and Willing to Work. The Purpose of the Project is to insure our Native Alaskan youth are College and Career ready with the final goal being not only to graduate youth prepared for the work force, but to improve the economic situation for them and everyone in Hydaburg by increasing youth and community employability. Outcome: By their Senior year, Native Alaskan youth will have created and fulfilled a Personal Learning Plan leading to their chosen career. Students are offered 2 Lanes on the Gulga Freeway: Gulga in College and Gulga in Careers. Career Counseling will help them navigate choices and the education system along with the many barriers to success. Hydaburg students will graduate with academic credentials to move them forward in their chosen lane, tools to cope with cultural disconnect and with moving away from the isolated community. They will also have the tools to resist the substance abuse and delinquency rife in Hydaburg and fit in to the social and cultural environment of a post-secondary school or professional, work setting. NYCP: GULGA meets the Absolute Priority by developing the program for Native Alaskan students, learning from the tribe and elders, but contributing to the community through service projects and employment. Competitive Preference Priority 3 is met through the lead applicant having received grant awards through the Alaska Native Ed. Program and participating in a Promise grant. HCA and HCSD also request consideration under Competitive Preference Priority 4. The GULGA plan broadens available academic and career options immeasurably through NYCP GULGA Haida=Industrious, Willing to Work Indian Education Grants Program CFDA 84.299A the provision of Distance Learning, dual credit, CTE certifications in welding, construction, culinary arts, fisheries, business and additional training options. Participants Served, Sites: Of the 97 Students in PreK-12th grade, 80 NA and 9 other underserved minority students will benefit from GULGA Freeways. Approximately 194 parents and guardians will be served by the program with a ripple effect positively impacting the entire community of 400 Haida. The project is limited to the 3 schools of Hydaburg City School district, all located in the defined geographic area of Hydaburg City, Prince of Wales Island, AK.
|NYCP: GULGA is designed to assist participants in identifying and securing qualifying employment as outlined in the following table: To be GULGA in College Ready a student:||To be GULGA in Career Ready a student:|
|Earns the equivalent of 12 college hours
through a combination of Dual Credit or
Advanced Placement Tests.
|Completes all courses within at least one chosen CTE field w/a GPA of 3.0 or higher.|
|Completes 40+ hours of job shadow/intern in
the chosen career/major field.
|Completes 40+ hours of job shadow/intern in
the chosen CTE or related field.
|Attends at least 1 counseling meeting per
quarter 8th-12th grade.
|Attends at least 1 counseling meeting per
quarter 8th-12th grade.
|Attends at least 1 tribal/cultural learning
|Attends at least 1 tribal/cultural learning
|Attends at least 1 College and Workforce
Visit off POW.
|Attends at least 1 College and Workforce
Visit off POW.
|Completes a Service/Career Project.||Completes a Service/Career Project.|
|Completes all state and district mandated
|Completes all state and district mandated
IYurok Tribe PR# S299A180015 (CA) ($903,896)
The Yurok Tribe’s Wild Rivers Indian Career Pathways Program is named for the Klamath and Trinity Rivers upon which the Yurok, Hupa and Wiyot people of Northwestern California have fished for salmon and traveled for over 10,000 years. Wild Rivers will serve nearly 800 American Indian Gr. 6-12 students in four comprehensive high schools, four continuation high schools, one charter high school, five middle schools and 12 K-8 schools across an area bigger than Delaware. The program serves students from California’s two largest tribes, the Yurok and Hupa (Hoopa) as well as students from the Wiyot Tribe located along Humboldt Bay. Locally on Tribal lands and in the community, good-paying, mid-level and high-skills jobs are available, but too often go unfilled because local American Indian adults lack the requisite skills and credentials. Wild Rivers seeks to address these challenges and opportunities and prepare AI students with a clear plan for during and after high school and the skills necessary to achieve their post-secondary goals. While not all students have the same skills or familial support, all deserve a pathway to success in school and life. WR will focus on three career pathways offering students opportunities aligned with both tribal and non-tribal careers. The three pathways offer job opportunities, living wages and the opportunity for those young people who wish to develop the skills necessary to follow their own entrepreneurial dreams. They are: (1) Early Childhood Education and Teaching, (2) Natural Resources, and (3) Business, Small Business, Entrepreneurship. All three align with “Targets of Opportunity” identified by the Labor Market Information Division of the California Employment Development Department. Through a partnership with College of the Redwoods, through these three pathways students will have the opportunity to earn college credits as part of dual enrollment classes offered at the high schools by College of the Redwoods, our community college partner. The participating tribes will host summer cultural, work and internship activities for students. Wild Rivers Goals, Objectives and Performance Measures Goal 1: By 2022 increase American Indian high school graduation rate from 82.40 percent to 90 percent
Goal 2: By 2022 increase the college ready American Indian student rate from 18.53 percent to 36 percent Goal 3: American Indian 8th graders will transition successfully to high school. Goal 4: 50 percent of American Indian graduates will earn at least nine dual enrollment units or complete at least one 100 hour internship (work experience) in their pathway Goal 5: Sustain the program beyond Federal funding. Besides a full time Project Director and 0.5 FTE Career and Internship Coordinator, Wild Rivers will fund seven school district staff (four Site Leads [SL) and three Indian Education Techs [IET]). WR intentionally uses school employees because they have full access to students and their data, are school based and benefit from additional support and supervision from school principals whose own performance is evaluated in great part by how well their students achieve. The SLs, IETs and Title 6 staff will be trained in how to help students and families select and apply for college/post-secondary programs. They will receive coaching and support to directly work with college-bound students as well as students pursuing career and technical training so all 12th graders complete the FAFSA and are supported to apply for scholarships and financial aid. The Yurok Education Dept. and partners will work with the schools and the California Indian History Curriculum Coalition (CIHCC) to develop and review curriculum that integrates the American Indian experience across the curriculum. The curriculum will be posted to tribal, district and the CIHCC website. Teachers in WR schools will also participate in trauma informed instruction PD to help children develop resilience, or the ability to overcome serious hardship. Wild Rivers meets the Absolute Priority through its focus on ensuring Indian students from a defined geographic area are prepared for college and careers. WR meets Competitive Preference Priority (CPP) 1 by including 8 SRSA and RLIS districts. It meets CPP 2 since the Yurok Tribe is the applicant. WR meets CPP 4 by providing families support and counseling. Through its evidence-based design and its adherence to best practices Wild Rivers has the potential to be suitable for replication or testing in other settings.
Jefferson County School PR# S299A180020 (OR) ($997,119)
The 1,021 American Indian students in remote, rural Jefferson County School District 509-J (JCSD) face significant in- and out-of-school barriers that impact their educational success. Serving 2,859 students, JCSD, the applicant for this grant, has the highest percentage of American Indian (AI) youth in the state of Oregon, with 36 percent American Indian (AI), 32 percent Latino, 30 percent White, and 2 percent other. While the majority of AI youth attend the Warm Springs K-8 Academy (WS K-8), located on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indian Reservation, the county’s only high school is located in the town of Madras, thus making the 8th-9th grade transition even more challenging for students. To foster AI students’ school, college and career readiness, JCSD has been working with a myriad of tribal, parent, university and community partners to develop a coordinated system of school, family and community supports. The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, including members of the Warm Springs, Wasco, and Paiute Tribes, is a partner on this project. This proposal seeks funding to expand the project, retitled the Ishumax Kadux Program. The purpose of the Ishumax Kadux Program is to (a) increase school, college and career readiness and educational opportunities for AI students and (b) increase opportunities for family, tribal and community participation in students’ education and career aspirations. Activities that will address these needs are (1) a 3-week extended year program at WS K-8, to include targeted math and literacy instruction, tutoring and homework help, tribal-led Native language and cultural activities, and sports/PE programming; (2) a Freshman Summer Bridge program that includes AVID skill development, career-college education, extracurricular activities designed to promote engagement in high school, and stipends for the participating AI students; and (3) a Family Engagement Program that engages our partners to offer school, college and career readiness and cultural programming and classes to all AI families and students. We need this grant to fund the Family Engagement Program and two of the three weeks of the extended year program.
Outcomes of this project will include increasing AI student achievement, attendance, retention and graduation rates, reducing AI student dropout, and enhancing AI family-community partnerships and involvement. Specific outcomes are listed on pages 10 and 29 of the narrative. This proposal meets the Absolute Priority, as it funds Native Youth Community Projects. It meets Competitive Preference Priority 1, as the school district is eligible under the Rural and Low-Income School program, and it meets Competitive Priority 4 through the extended school year opportunities for AI youth beyond the traditional school year. AI youth and families will have many opportunities to participate in a variety of programs and activities through this project.
This project will serve the 655 students at WS K-8, the only school on the reservation, and their extended family members, of whom we have not taken a count. Approximately 5,000 people live on the reservation. Most Family Engagement Programs, classes and extended school year activities will take place at WS K-8, and some may take place elsewhere on the reservation. The Freshman Summer Bridge program, a part of the Ishumax Kadux Program but funded by a different grant, takes place primarily at Madras High School. All sites are in Oregon. This project focuses on students from kindergarten to 8th grade, helping them identify careers that interest them, become ready for college and careers, and prepare for academic success.
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians PR#S299A180028 (WI) ($962,564)
Purpose and Outcomes: The purpose of the Ganawenjigejig Charter School Project is to prepare native youth from the Lac Courte Oreilles community for college and career success by launching the first tribally-authorized tribally-controlled green charter school of its kind in Wisconsin. By the end of the fourth project year, Ganawenjigejig Charter School will achieve an enrollment of 100 native students in grades 6-12 and a) successfully matriculate ≥95 percent of transitioning middle school students into high school, b) successfully matriculate ≥90% of transitioning high school students into college, c) successfully matriculate ≥50 percent of junior and senior students with 2 or more high school credits and 6 or more college credits in STEM-related curriculum with grades of “B” or higher, d) achieve average increases of 1 or more points on ACT college entrance exams in each core subject every year until average class scores of graduating seniors meet or exceed ACT readiness benchmarks predictive of college success, and e) successfully enroll ≥60 percent of graduating seniors in fully-accredited colleges and universities as documented by student records. Competitive Preference Priority 1: The local community to be served is the attendance area of the LCO Ojibwa (Ojibwe) School classified as Rural: Distant (Code 42) by NCES. Competitive Preference Priority 2: Lead applicant is the Lake Superior Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe). Competitive Preference Priority 4: All participants are Indian students who will have increased access to educational choice by enrolling in a high-quality personalized path for learning through this public Charter School Project. Number of Participants to be served: The total number to be served will be 100. Project Site: The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation where Ganawenjigejig Charter School will be a school-within-a-school. Two workbased partners are LCO Conservation Department and the Great Lakes Intertribal Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLFWC). Both will be practicum sites throughout the grant period which participating students will visit weekly throughout the program follow the CTE Blueprint. GLIFWC currently offers 15 internships in environmentally related fields which our students will be able to access. The combined professional workforce in the natural resources sector is 75, yet only half (37) are native. Each follows Indian first hiring practices which increase the chances that our successful completers will secure employment. Each has submitted a letter of support. Indian Tribe Involved. The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) is the applicant and only tribe involved.
Lincoln Public Schools PR# S299A180017 (NE) ($499,861)
Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) and its tribal partners, the Santee Sioux Nation and Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, will implement the Native Youth College and Career Readiness Program to assist the approximately 600 Native American students (K-12) served by LPS develop the skills, knowledge and self-awareness necessary to be ready for life after high school. The overarching goal is college and career readiness for LPS Native American students, and will be achieved by meeting the objectives of reduced absences, increased perception of school environment, increased reading proficiency, decreased suspensions and expulsions, and increased graduation rate. LPS will also address Competitive Preference Priority 4, to increase access to educational choice through the district’s Career Academy, Science/Zoo School and Arts & Humanities Focus Program. The Santee Sioux Nation’s Society of Care mental health program provides therapy to tribes across Nebraska using Native American therapists, and will expand their services to include LPS students using telehealth resources during the school day. Therapists will also provide professional development to therapists and school social workers and counselors on cultural competency and historical trauma so they can be more effective in their work. The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska will provide career exploration services through their Professional Enrichment Program to LPS students. Both tribes will participate on a Partnership Advisory Council to oversee all grant activities collaboratively. Other project activities will include mentoring and tutoring provided by teachers, development of a Native Youth Leadership Council, a reading program and advocacy for elementary Native American students, professional development for new and tenured teachers, and the addition of a Cultural Specialist to help create a more welcoming culture in all LPS buildings.
Little Wound School Board, Inc. PR# S299A180014 (SD) ($840,855)
Families Learning Together –> Little Wound School Little Wound School District and the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) are applying as partners on behalf of Little Wound School (LWS), a P.L.100-297 tribal school, for a Native Youth Community Project (NYCP) grant. LWS is a Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) funded school with a locale code of 43 as designated by the U.S. Census Bureau, located at the center of the Pine Ridge Reservation in the southwest corner of South Dakota. The lead partner, Oglala Sioux Tribe, is an eligible Indian tribe. The Pine Ridge Reservation is located within a federal Promise Zone. The project meets the absolute priority to fund Native Youth Community Projects and expects to serve 300+ families in the Pine Ridge communities of Kyle, Martin, Allen Wanblee, Porcupine, Wounded Knee/Manderson, and Batesland, the seven districts served by Little Wound School. Families Learning Together is built from the barriers that face LWS students and families today and include: societal barriers such as isolated communities and poverty; educational barriers such as distance to educational services and limited access to books; school attendance; and family engagement barriers, such as access to family events and interactions with schools. These barriers result in disengaged families, poor school attendance, and low test scores and graduation rates. The project proposes the following goals and expected outcomes to achieve college and career readiness for all Indian children:
Goal 1. Increase home, school, and community family engagement efforts across the districts to support children’s reading attainment and overall academic achievement. Outcomes include increasing the number of family workshops that focus on academic and reading achievement; increasing parent-child interactions around reading and academic achievement; improving communication between schools and families; increasing partnerships within districts. Goal 2. Increase attendance for children kindergarten through third grade. Outcomes are focused on increased efforts of outreach to families of children with poor attendance; engaging more families with attendance issues and importance of seeing that children get to school; increasing individual student attendance; meeting or exceeding the annual goal of 90 percent attendance as measured by the Native American Student Information System (NASIS). Goal 3. Improve reading scores so that all children will read independently by the third grade. Outcomes include increasing family engagement with books and using reading strategies at home; increasing by 20 percent the number of students who test Proficient/Advanced on Smarter Balanced for 3rd grade reading; increasing by 15 percent the number of students whose RIT growth is above expected grade level growth using NWEA MAP in reading. The project proposes to meet the goals and objectives of the project via the following strategies, which are detailed in the project design: 1) Staff capacity and outreach into the districts to plan, promote, and engage families will include a home-school-community model. 2) Family engagement activities/events in district communities will focus on student reading attainment, academic achievement, and school choice, 3) Parents and community members will have opportunities to participate in leadership positions on school improvement teams and advisory on district Parent Learning Communities (PLCs), 4) Outreach by home/school liaisons to families with poor school attendance to address barriers and identify solutions, 5) Share resources with parents on the importance of school attendance and the relationship to reading and academic achievement, 6) Children and families will have access to print books and digital reading material and will choose to read independently, 7) Teachers and Family Partnership Liaisons will have increased access to literacy professional development and coaching, and will implement research-based literacy strategies.
Lumbee Land Development, Inc. PR# S299A180037 (NC) ($841,151)
A consortium, led by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and involving the Public Schools of Robeson County, Robeson County Community College, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, seeks to improve the college and career preparedness of American Indian youth and tribal community engagement in the Lumbee Tribal Service Area (LTSA). The project’s supporting partners are Cumberland County Schools, Hoke County Schools, Scotland County Schools, North Carolina Community College BioNetwork, the Morehead Planetarium at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Campbell Soup of Maxton, Robeson Technical Works, and North Carolina State University’s Science House. Project 3C’s goal is to provide 3,538 American Indian students with experiences and skills necessary to: develop their self-efficacy; increase congruence between their interests and career choices; and, broaden their college and career opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Families and tribal communities will also be empowered to provide a supportive and informed environment that promotes student choice, success, and career exploration. To achieve this proposed outcome, Project 3C seeks to attain three (3) goals by the end of Year 4 of the grant. Those goals are: 1) create a STEM College, for 878 American Indian elementary, middle, and high school students in the LTSA, that will provide them with integrated year-round STEM and career-focused academic, career, and cultural enrichment activities essential for continuing their education and entering the workforce; 2) promote STEM awareness and college and career exploration to 400 American Indian students and their parents and family members through hands-on activities and community events; and, 3) remove pedagogical, academic, curricular, and financial barriers to American Indian student success in STEM courses for 2,200 American Indian high school students. The proposed project meets the absolute priority and competitive preference priorities 1, 2 and 4. The absolute priority and priority four will be met when American Indian youth are empowered to choose STEM academic majors and which career fields to explore. The Lumbee Tribe, as the lead applicant, meets Competitive Preference Priority 2. The public schools of Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, and Scotland counties are eligible LEAs under the Rural and Low-income School Program (Competitive Preference Priority 1).
Project 3C initiatives will be occur within the geographic territory of the LTSA, which is defined as Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, and Scotland counties in Southeastern North Carolina. Project activities will also occur at all of the Lumbee Tribe’s facilities, including the Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center, 10 tribal community centers, and 7 Boys and Girls Clubs. Activities will also be provided on the campuses of Robeson Community Campus, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and the Public Schools of Robeson County’s Career and Technical Education Center. Other events will be held at public school sites managed by the Cumberland County Schools, Hoke County Schools, Scotland County Schools, and the Public Schools of Robeson County.
Magdalena Municipal School PR# S299A180013 (NM) ($485,897)
The Alamo-Magdalena Navajo Youth Project is a community partnership among the Magdalena Municipal School District, Alamo Navajo School Board Inc. Early Childhood Center and the Alamo Chapter Tribal Council, in a coordinated effort to address the in-and out-of-school barriers for college and career success for the Alamo Navajo youth. The partnership created for this project are historical and aims to build capacity between the Alamo and Magdalena communities to identify specific barriers for college and career success and work together, using community-based strategies, to improve opportunities for our Navajo youth. The project begins with the Navajo children in both community schools’ preschool programs with a goal to provide high quality preschool programming to increase the number of Navajo students who are proficient in reading by the end of 3rd grade. The preschool focus is further coordinated with other community agencies through the Alamo-Magdalena Early Childhood Coalition, which is founded on the basis of informing systemic change in local communities to address identified and regionally specific issue and challenges. Next, the project focuses on academic and social/emotional specific to the unique needs of the Navajo students. This includes the implementation of AVID, a research-based college and career readiness program, across the entire Magdalena Municipal School District, an Interventionist/Special Educator and additional Educational Assistants to work with students in the early grades to decrease the achievement gap, a Career Technical Educator to provide expanded CTE offerings for Navajo males at the middle and high school, and an additional College and Career Counselor/Social Worker to provide additional supports for the Navajo students across the district.
NACA Inspired Schools Network PR# S299A180041 (NM)($888,465)
Project Abstract Project Title: NACA-Inspired Schools Network Partners: Tribal Organization: NACA Inspired Schools Network (NISN); LEAs: Dream Diné Charter School, Dzil Ditl’ooi School of Empowerment, Action and Perseverance (DEAP), Kha’p’o Community School, Six Directions Indigenous School; Tribes: Santa Clara Pueblo, Pueblo of Zia (with T’siya Day School), and Pueblo of Jemez. Purpose: Establishing schools in northwest New Mexico that provide culturally-relevant college-preparatory programs and rigorous academics in areas that serve significant Indian student populations. NISN establishes schools that reflect the needs of tribal communities. Goals: Goal 1: Increase College and career readiness for Native American students in Northwest NM. (Objective 1: Grow four schools; Launch three new schools; Objective 2: Collectively serve an anticipated 635 students over the grant period; Objective 3: Schools outperform peers.) Goal 2: Increase educational choice through adding schools that are reflective of Native American culture and learning styles, and of community needs and desires for education. (Objective 1: Engage at least 50 community members in each community annually; Objective 2: 90 percent of families will rate the school responsive to holistic needs, measured by an annual survey.) Expected Outcomes and Contributions: Create educational choice by expanding the NISN network, support college and career readiness in network schools, create an Indigenous educator pipeline, develop a model of a grant school, and work toward tribal school authorization. Defined Local Geographical Area Served: Northwest New Mexico
National Indian Education PR# S299A180023 (DC) ($628,926)
The Tribal Communities in Schools (TCIS) project, which will be led by the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) in partnership with Communities In Schools of Mid-America, Inc., will serve up to 1,069 tribal students in the Anadarko Public Schools with support from the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes of Oklahoma as indicated in their Tribal Resolution #WT-18-122. This designates this project as meeting the absolute priority. Additionally, because the Anadarko Public School district, whose student body is 62% Native, is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as Rural and Low-Income Schools (RLIS), this project also meets Competitive Priority One. Finally, because the NIEA is designated as an Indian Organization, we meet Competitive Priority Two. The goal of the TCIS Project is to improve outcomes for Native students by implementing a community-wide integrated student support (ISS) approach that provides academic, social, and other supports in order to ensure college and career readiness, and lifelong success. The five main activities of the evidence-based approach that will be implemented by the TCIS project are as follows: Step 1-Needs Assessment: Students within the school district are categorized based on level of need, from Tier I to Tier III with those students in Tier III having the direst circumstances. Step 2-Support Identification: School-based Site Coordinators identify broad based supports for Tier 1 students and individualized supports for Tier II and Tier III students.
Step 3-Integrated Student Supports: Site Coordinators implement student supports during this step and serve as the conduits to provision needed services to the varying tiers of students. Step 4-Monitoring and Adjusting: Site Coordinators, with input from school staff, parents, and the tribal education staff, review the ISS implementation, assess overall performance and adjust as needed to ensure that all student needs across all tiers are being met.
Step 5-Evalutation: Site Coordinators measure outcomes against those designated in the ISS model This model will be implemented throughout the 5 sites within the Anadarko Public School district, all of which are located within the city of Anadarko, OK whose population is majority Native American. Anadarko is located in Caddo County, Oklahoma and is about fifty miles southwest of Oklahoma City. By employing this model, the TCIS Project will meet its goal through the following two objectives: Objective 1: Improve Students’ Overall Academic Performance. Target outcomes are: 70% of students tracked for needing to improve their academic achievement successfully bring up their grades at least 10% each year; 85% of students receiving Tier II or III services will be promoted to the next grade, and 85% of seniors receiving Tier II or III services will graduate. Objective 2: Improve Students’ Personal and Life Skills. Target outcomes are: 70% of students tracked for needing to improve their behavior meet their improvement goals; • 70% of students tracked for needing to improve their attendance successfully increase their attendance rates; • 80% of students tracked as potential dropouts remain in school, and students receiving TCIS services who progress to secondary school increases by 25% each year.
Niobrara Public Schools PR# S299A180034 (NE) ($727,755)
The Niobrara Public School’s Cultural Awareness Through Education Program is named for the theme of this project which is to connect struggling American Indian children with their cultural roots to support a behavioral and mental health crisis that is preventing students from being successful academically. Only when the crisis is addressed can real learning and opportunities expand for the American Indian students of the region. In partnership with the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, NCATE will serve well over 100 American Indian Gr. PK-12 students in the Niobrara community, Niobrara Public Schools, and greater Knox county region in northeast Nebraska. The program serves students from Nebraska’s “forgotten” tribe, The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. With reservation land in Oklahoma, the Ponca tribe maintains a very active presence in their original home lands of Nebraska and Iowa with their home office located in Niobrara. Located directly across the river from the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota and only nine miles from the Santee Indian Reservation, this district is a multi-cultural hub for students and families with several tribal affiliations and connections. NCATE meets the Absolute Priority through its focus on ensuring Indian students from a defined geographic area are prepared for college and careers. This will be achieved by implementing evidenced-based and data-informed procedures that best prepare American Indian (AI) students to successfully transition from elementary and middle school to high school, graduate high school and then on to college or career. NCATE’s community-based strategies will address barriers to success and help students and families take advantage of opportunities provided by the tribes, local colleges and business. The proposal includes measurable objectives that will be monitored over four years and acted upon by our leadership team and the partnering tribes, organizations and schools. The program offers means to sustain key components. NCATE meets Competitive Preference Priority (CPP) 1 by including eight SRSA and RLIS districts. NCATE meets CPP 4 by providing families support and counseling. Through its evidence-based design and its adherence to best practices NCATE has the potential to be suitable for replication or testing in other settings.
NCATE, Objectives and Performance Measures Goal 1: Collaborate with existing tribal resources and programs to support the multi-tiered framework to increase cultural awareness throughout the district. Goal 2: Provide tiered mental health and behavioral supports and activities to all students as determined by level of their needs. Goal 3: To decrease the number of student referrals and suspensions by 40 percent over four years. Goal 4: Increase access to post-secondary prep and programming over four years.
Goal 5: Develop a sustainable program that serves the needs of our American Indian students.
Oklahoma State Department of Education PR# S299A180005 (OK) ($998,743)
The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is applying for funding under the Absolute Priority and four Competitive Preference Priorities in accordance with 34 CFR 75.105 by implementing a Native Youth Community Project that is centered on the goal of ensuring that Indian students are prepared for college and careers. The project will seek to implement college and career readiness activities for 886 Native American students each year of the project enrolled in the four districts in grades 9-12. The project will initiate activities such as college readiness educational activities including concurrent and Advanced Placement coursework, a focus on math and science course rigor, college visits, individual college/career academic plans, scholarship/FAFSA completion, tutoring and mentoring programs, college application exercises, a summer native student institute, an annual state Native Student Leadership Summit, college and career exploration opportunities and extensive professional development for teachers. Partners in the proposed project include all four participating school districts, the Oklahoma Arts Council, Tulsa STEM Alliance, New Teacher Project, University of Oklahoma K20 Center, Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, American Institute of Mathematics, and Oklahoma Mesonet. Objectives for the project include increasing high school graduation rates, increasing college enrollment and persistence rates, increasing concurrent and Advanced Placement enrollment rates, increase scholarship funds received by participating students, and increasing college course preparedness.
Phoenix Indian Center PR# S299A180043 (AZ) ($621,517)
The Forward Promise College and Career Readiness program continues to address critical and well-documented needs in our community. Urban-living American Indian (AI) students face a variety of opportunities and challenges as they matriculate from elementary to secondary school and beyond. Factors related to progression include academic or school-based issues and many out-of-school or social issues along issues of belonging due to lack of cultural knowledge and activity. The chart below highlights components for AI youth that are addressed by Forward Promise – A College and Career Readiness Program.
|College and Career Readiness||Student persistence, motivation, career exploration, skill building for college application processes, job readiness, cultural connections|
|Family/ Support||Poverty, ATOD use and abuse, health/wellness, parental involvement/support; risk/protective factors, ready access to support services, transportation; school choice|
|Culture and Leadership||Cultural awareness and knowledge, high mobility rates, culture as prevention, risk/protective factors, a sense of belongingness|
|Community Partnership||Collaborative reach/capacity, interagency communication, and planning together as a community|
This project addresses all mandatory requirements and meets two competitive preference priorities (1) Competitive Preference Priority 2- a partnership or consortium in which the lead applicant or a partner has received a grant I the last 4 years for one or more of these programs. Phoenix Indian Center received NYCP funding in 2015 and is an Indian Organization and (2) Competitive Preference Priority 4- Empowering families and individuals to choose a high-quality education that meets their unique needs. The program will host community forums on school choice, the variance process and Arizona’s voucher system. The project will serve 200 American Indian high school youth living in the Phoenix metropolitan area and attending the Phoenix Union High School District. Through the implementation of Career Ready by Signal Success Curriculum, youth will be ready to successfully find employment. Comfortability towards higher education will occur through skill building workshops and technical assistance for applying to college/trade school and FASFA. Partner LEA, Phoenix Union High School District is open to discussion of difficult issues including a look at policy and feasibility of a boutique school. Tribal partner, Navajo Nation and their Department of Education is poised to provide teacher training and cultural enrichment for youth. Lastly, community partners will provide access to needed social services for the families, supporting needs creating the ability for youth to focus on education and life after high school. Individually, the program organizations have all worked for decades to improve the lives of American Indian youth. Using a community-driven, comprehensive, wrap-around approach, the program helps our students become college- and career-ready and prepares them to be future community leaders. Through the youth council, the youth will have a voice in the program and parents will be involved as well through the parent advisory council and community sessions. Overall activities will be designed that focus on school retention activities, career training and job readiness skill building, leadership opportunities, and participant and teacher cultural identity (awareness and values). Expected outcomes are increased graduation rates, student placement in post-secondary education and training and employment, empowered young community leaders—all through a network of collaborative community partners.
Pribilof Islands Aleut Community of St. Paul Island PR# 299A180054 (AK) ($527,647)
Applicants Name: The Pribilof Islands Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal Government (ACSPI) Project Title: “Building the House of Knowledge”: Preparation for and Direct Access to Post Secondary and Vocational Education.
Purpose and Expected Outcomes: ACSPI will use this funding to strengthen readiness for and to expand post-secondary education and vocational opportunity for students (K-12) on St. Paul Island. This proposal would include: developing a High School (K-8) Preparation Program for a Successful Student Transition to High School, developing an Early College and Career Training and Preparation Program for a Successful Student Transition from High School to and Completion of Post-Secondary Learning and/or Workforce Opportunities, and Establishing and Developing a Community-Based, Culturally Appropriate Learning Center to Provide for Social and Academic Behavioral Growth. Culturally specific programs, curriculum and supports will be developed to bridge the gap between Western models and ancient ways of knowing, enhancing student navigation of the educational process for our predominantly Alaska Native/Aleut (Unangan) community. Expected outcomes will be an increase in current levels of enrollment and degree completion in post-secondary or vocational programs, an impact on the local economy, demonstrated by documenting the number of individuals entering the workforce after completing a degree or certification program, and an increase in student achievement, documented through a comparative analysis of pre and post test scores, rate of course completion and student and community feedback. Applicable Priorities: Native Youth Community Project, Competitive Preference Priority 1: U.S. Census locale code 43, Competitive Preference Priority 2: Indian Tribe is the lead applicant, Competitive Preference Priority 4: Empowering Families and Individuals to Choose a High-Quality Education that meets their needs. Number of Participants Served: The total population is 479 (Census 2010); a traditionally underserved rural population; 417 (87.1%) are all or part Aleut (Alaska Native). 59 Alaska Native Unangnan students (K-12) will directly benefit from the program while many in the community will access services, support and education through the learning center. We anticipate 53 adult students to enroll in the campus over the initial 4-year period.
Number and Location of Proposed Sites: One (1) site: ACSPI will leverage its partnerships with the University of Alaska, Bristol Bay Campus (BBC) and the Pribilof School District (PSD) to create a single, central BBC college campus and administrative capacity within the St. Paul School. ACSPI and its partners will create a single, central hub Campus Learning center within the PSD on St. Paul Island, AK. How the Project will Conduct Activities to Assist Participants in Identifying and Securing Qualifying Employment: ACSPI will provide active and ongoing case management and career counseling for students which identifies their educational and employment goals. The ACSPI case manager will work directly with students to help them access resources, track and document the steps necessary to achieve career and employment goals, and help students identify and apply for employment and access educational or career opportunities. The Indian Tribe Involved in the Project: The Pribilof Island Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, a federally registered Alaska Native tribe.
Saint Mary’s City School District PR# S299A180024 (AK) ($693,257)
The City of Saint Mary’s encompasses the Yup’ik villages of Algaaciq Native Village and Yupiit of Andreafski located within the rural Yukon Delta National Wildlife Preserve. It is a rural remote area (designated as 43) with the only access to the village being by plane or barge (in the summer). The population in the area is approximately 550 people. A federally recognized tribe is located in the community –> the Algaaciq Alaskan Native Tribe, a partner in the grant application. Saint Mary’s City School District (SMCSD) consists of two schools adjacent to each other serving 200 students in grades pre-k-12 located in Saint Mary’s City, Alaska. The percent of Alaska Native students is 99 percent
SMCSD meets the Absolute Priority by applying as a partnership between SMCSD and the Algaaciq Tribal government to implement a Native youth community project. We meet competitive priority 1 as we are eligible and have received a small rural achievement grant. We meet competitive priority 3 as we received an Alaska Native Education grant within the past 4 years and competitive priority 4 as we will be increasing access to educational choice. Academically there is a gap between our students and the state average on the percent of students meeting state standards. Kindergarten readiness on the AK Developmental profile in communication and language is below the state average also. Our goals in the project are to improve academic achievement, to increase college and career readiness and to provide culturally responsive educational activities so students learn more about the Yup’ik culture and language. We plan to do this in the framework of addressing a community need which is determining the impact of climate change on subsistence activities. Students along with school staff and tribal elders will conduct field studies of things such as snow melt, changing vegetation patterns and water quality. We will utilize the evidence-based project based learning where students incorporate all academic skills into the project. Weather and forest consultants will assist us and also provide exposure for the students in STEM fields.
Services provided will include college and career readiness activities such as developing a postsecondary plan, counseling, college visits, test preparation, and career exploration. The counselor will monitor progress towards graduation and we will offer web-based credit recovery opportunities. Another important area to address is academic support with academic tutoring, summer school and benchmark testing to target instruction. The small size of our school has limited course options especially courses that would help students be college ready. We propose to increase educational choice through web-based advanced course opportunities, computer science, CTE and college credit courses.
At the preschool level, we will increase support to the preschool class by adding paraprofessionals and a literacy specialist who will work with the teacher on programs and strategies to increase literacy skills. The literacy specialist will also support teachers in the school with how to improve literacy skills.
It is important that our students learn more about their culture and Yup’ik language and we will utilize a Yup’ik Curriculum and Language Specialist who will work closely with tribal elders to provide professional development for faculty, teach the Yup’ik language to students and together with Yup’ik skills specialists teach cultural skills. Some of these lessons will occur in the field trips to study climate change and subsistence skills. Anticipated outcomes include improved academic performance, increased college and career readiness, increased pre-school readiness, and increased knowledge of the Yup’ik language and skills as well as increased knowledge about the impact of climate change on our environment.
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community Schools PR# S299A180036 (WI) ($878,662)
Purpose and Expected Outcomes: Salt River Schools Literacy for All program’s purpose is to develop the skills and habits needed for our youth to determine their own destinies and access a full range of choices in pursuit of higher education and careers. The projected outcomes will be: 1) an increase in the cumulative number of college applications and/or scholarship applications completed by SRMPIC students; 2) an increase in the percentage of PreK-12 students who meet or exceed NWEA proficiency standards; 3) increased access to local, culturally relevant books throughout the community; and 4) increased awareness and appreciation of literacy as a cornerstone of autonomy, self-determination, and school success. Applicable Priorities: This project meets the absolute priority by engaging with community partners with evidence-based strategies to address identified barriers to college and career readiness for Salt River Pima-Maricopa youth. Salt River Schools is the TEA and also the lead LEA, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community Schools, which includes Salt River High School and the Salt River Accelerated Learning Academy. Salt River Elementary School (BIE-funded, tribally operated school) is considered a second LEA; and the Early Childhood Education Center is also a part of SRS. Partners include Tribal agencies, Scottsdale Community College, East Valley Institute of Technology, Mesa Unified School District, Southwest Human Development, and First One Hundred Institute. Defined Geographic Area, Number of Participants and Sites: The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is a sovereign tribe located in the metropolitan Phoenix area, comprised of two Native American tribes, the O’odham and the Piipaash. There are over 9,000 enrolled tribal members; 380 families with children ages birth-six live in the Community, 900 students attend Community schools, including the Early Childhood Education Center, and 1,209 attend other schools. Salt River Schools TEA is eligible for SRSA funds, (Competitive Preference Priorities One and Two); and the program will serve SRPMIC students who attend SR Schools, Mesa Unified School district, and other charter and private schools (Competitive Preference Priority Four). Barriers, Goals and Activities: Salt River students face barriers common among many American Indian populations, including low academic achievement rates, high dropout rates, books scarcity and inadequate levels of family and community engagement with education and literacy. Literacy for All builds on existing, evidence-based curricula and career programs and capitalizes on collaborations with community partners to achieve four goals: 1) empower students to explore diverse career opportunities and develop applicable skill sets, 2) educate families and provide home libraries to develop a daily, self-determined habit of reading with their children, 3) engage Tribal members to create locally relevant books and 4) conduct a literacy campaign that also employs youth to develop workforce skills. The program will employ a Project Manager, a Career Guide, and a Community Literacy Advocate to implement Service Learning Projects; oversee book distribution and literacy training for parents, Early Childhood and K-12 teachers; conduct Writers Group to create and publish locally created and narrated picture books; and manage student-led literacy campaigns. Community Literacy Champions (high school students) will be employed to staff summer reading programs and work on the literacy campaign. The long-term impact of Literacy for All will be that our children, supported by their families, school, and community, will transition into school ready to achieve to their highest potentials and ultimately experience more educational success (including higher graduation rates), higher levels of employability, and the benefits of lifelong, autonomous learning. It is also expected that the culture of literacy will spread, improving opportunities and revitalizing culture, language, and self-determination throughout the community.
San Carlos Apache Tribe PR# S299A180029 (AZ) ($905,028)
The Goal of the Success Through Education Program is to prepare San Carlos Apache students so they master the Arizona Academic Standards; are prepared for, enroll, and succeed in post-secondary educational programs; and apply their learning both in their studies and to everyday life so they are personally and academically prepared for the 21st century. The objectives and related outcomes and benchmarks are aligned with the national goals and objectives. Number of students to be served: 1,064 junior high and high school students who are members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. List of Partners: San Carlos Unified School District, Fort Thomas Unified School District; Apache College; Tribal Education Department, WIOA, Language and Culture; and community and business partners AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute, SWECA Inc. The San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation is located in east central Arizona, 110 miles east of Phoenix. Over 2,700 San Carlos Apache children and youth are enrolled in elementary and high schools However, less than 45percent of San Carlos Apache High school graduates continue onto post-secondary studies which is 23percent below the state average; less than 3percent of these students will graduate from college. The project is designed to address the needs of our students and incorporates the Competitive Preference Priorities which include educational choice by empowering families and students to choose a high-quality education that meets their unique needs. San Carlos Apache Tribe will implement four levels of interventions:
1. Development of Career Identity. Interventions include mentoring, career awareness presentations, activities, job shadowing, internships, college and industry tours, college bridge programs. 2. Academic Preparation that include WWC programs that have moderate evidence of effectiveness through after school and summer classes, tutoring, enrichment courses and programs, academic assistance and planning. Major attention will focus on monitoring student progress, brokering services from the schools and community and providing youth with extended learning and college/career awareness activities. PTC also supports educational reforms that include professional development, college bride programs, and the innovative MetroMatematicas and Six Sigma curriculums. 3. Development of Resiliency interventions through increased counseling and counselor training, developing youth leadership & mentoring programs, providing college awareness & visits, and Financial Planning. Given the significant number of college dropouts, the program also provides academic support and counseling during year seven of the project. 4. College and Career Planning. Development of a Personalized Educational College and Career Academic Plan for each student that incorporates choice by empowering families and students to choose a high-quality education that meets their unique needs.
Santa Ynez Bank of Mission Indians PR# S299A180002 (CA) ($131,580)
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians College and Career Initiative (CCI) will prepare 100 American Indian students for academic and career attainment. By increasing academic competencies in challenging subject matter, including math and science, and guiding Chumash youth in grades TK-12 through evidence-based pathways, students will graduate high school with 21st century skills – ready for college and career. CCI will accelerate efforts to narrow the achievement gap for Chumash students affiliated with the Santa Ynez Indian Reservation. As a demonstration project, evaluation results will contribute to original research on American Indian education, policy formulation, and promising practices. CCI addresses Absolute Priority: Native Youth Community Projects. CCI is (1) Focused on a defined local geographic area surrounding the Santa Ynez Indian Reservation; (2) Centered on the goal of ensuring that Indian students are prepared for college and careers; (3) Informed by evidence, from a needs assessment conducted in 2017 and data analysis, on—(i) The greatest barriers, both in and out of school, to the readiness of local Chumash students for college and careers; (ii) Opportunities in the local community to support Indian students; and (iii) Existing local policies, programs, practices, service providers, and funding sources; (4) Focused on one or more barriers or opportunities with a community-based strategy and measurable objectives; (5) Designed and implemented through a partnership of various entities, which—(i) Must include—(A) One or more Tribes (Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians); and (B) One or more local educational agencies (LEAs); and (6) Led by an entity (Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians) that—(i) Is eligible for a grant under the Demonstration Grants for Indian Children program; and (ii) Demonstrates the capacity to improve outcomes that are relevant to the project focus through experience with programs funded through other sources. Goal: All participating students (grades TK-12) will advance with measured skills in challenging subject matters to the next grade, postsecondary education, and career. Objective 1.1- Offer academic, college, and career preparatory services to at least 100 unduplicated Chumash students (grades TK-12) and their families (an average of 25 students each of the four academic years from 2018-2022) to enable successful transition from TK through high school into college and career. Objective 1.2- Provide individualized academic support to at least 100 unduplicated Chumash students (grades TK-12) (an average of 25 students each of the four academic years from 2016-2020) to increase academic competency and skills in core subject matters, including Language Arts, Math, and Science. Outcomes: At least 70 percent of participants enrolled in TK through 12th grade will meet or exceed performance standards (grade promotion, portfolios, report cards, standardized tests) in Language Arts, Math, and Science. At least 80 percent of eligible high school graduates served in the target group will successfully enroll in a college or university in the semester following graduation or become employed. Number and location of proposed sites: The Learning Center on the Santa Ynez Indian Reservation, up to 100 student homes, one elementary school district, one high school district, and two public libraries in Santa Barbara County.
Southeast Island School District PR# S299A180022 (AK) ($499,315)
Project Abstract – Teaching Harmonious Resiliency for Virtually Every situation (THRIVE) Location: The project includes Southeast Island School District (SISD), Klawock City School District (KCSD), and Hydaburg City School District (HCSD) covering 12,150 square miles on and around Prince of Wales Island (POW) in southeast Alaska. Partners: Klawock Cooperative Association and Brightways Learning. SISD/KCSD/HCSD and Partners seek to create a systemic, sustainable change for Native youth by addressing Career and Post-Secondary Educational needs for students in grades K – 12. Purpose and Expected outcomes: Goal 1: Increase Student Achievement 1.1 – Students will show an increase of 10% each year of the grant in the Alaska state test, Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS). 1.2 – 5 percent of students will show overall improvement in grades, between 1st quarter and 4th quarter each year of the grant. Goal 2: Increase Graduation Rates
2.1 – Students will show a 5 percent improvement in non-cognitive data for each year of the grant (attendance, behavior, engagement). 2.2 – 10 percent increase for each year of the grant in students graduating with a high school diploma in four years. Goal 3: Improve Student College/Career exploration opportunities 3.1 –Surveyed students will show a 10 percent gain each year of the grant in number of adults significantly connected in their lives.
3.2 – 80 percent of targeted students will participate in a College/Career exploration opportunity. Applicable priorities: Competitive Preference Priority 1: All school districts involved serve rural Alaskan communities. Competitive Preference Priority 4: All school districts involved will increase access to educational choice for Native youth with dual credit options, career and post-secondary exploration. Number of participants to be served: THRIVE will provide services to 200 Alaska Native and 400 total students in the three districts. Number and location of proposed sites: Hollis, Coffman Cove, Naukati, Thorne Bay, Whale Pass, Port Alexander, Hyder, Alaska. (SISD), Klawock, Alaska (KCSD), and Hydaburg, Alaska (HCSD). All sites are located on POW except Hyder, located on the mainland at the Alaskan-Canadian border, and Port Alexander, located on the southern tip of Baranof Island. How the project will conduct activities to assist participants in identifying and securing qualifying employment: THRIVE will include provisions that promote Early College High Schools (ECHSs) as a college and career readiness pathway, opportunity for dual credit courses, College and Career Readiness Institutes, and Educational Choice Activities. The Indian tribes involved in the project: The tribes included in the project are: Klawock Cooperative Association, Hydaburg Cooperative Association, and the Organized Village of Kasaan.
Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation PR# S299A180055 (WA) ($813,830)
Spokane Tribe Native Youth Community Project The Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Wellpinit School District will partner to implement a project targeting elementary and secondary students from the Spokane Tribe and attending Wellpinit schools. The Spokane Tribe will serve as the applicant and lead partner. The project will serve the Spokane Indian Reservation, located about 40 miles northwest of Spokane in Eastern Washington, The Reservation covers 159,000 acres. More than 2,100 people reside on the Reservation. This includes 1,660 American Indians with about 1,430 being members of the Spokane Tribe. Based upon an assessment of community needs and assets, this project identified several barriers and opportunities to address. The first barrier to students’ college and career readiness is their inadequate academic performance. The second barrier related to the lack of kindergarten readiness of children from the Spokane Tribe. The third barrier involves at-risk behaviors of Spokane Tribe children and youth related to mental health issues and their social/emotional development. The fourth barrier relates to students’ school attendance, particularly their unexcused absentee rates, chronic absentee rates, and chronic tardiness to class. In addition to the barriers, the project has identified several opportunities for addressing the identified barriers. The most significant opportunity is the existing positive working relationship between the Spokane Tribe and the Wellpinit School District. A second opportunity relates to state legislation requiring teaching of tribal history in the public schools and a state tribal history curriculum to help meet this requirement. These policies and resources provide a strong impetus and foundation for curriculum development efforts on the Spokane Reservation. A third opportunity is represented by several universities, colleges, and community colleges in the region that have previously worked with either the Spokane Tribe or Wellpinit School District (or both organizations) and can provide resources and expertise in helping to address the identified barriers. In addressing these barriers and taking advantage of these opportunities, this project will seek to achieve three goals during the next four years: Goal #1: Improve the academic performance Spokane Tribe children and youth in elementary and secondary school.
Goal #2: Increase the school readiness of Spokane Tribe Children entering kindergarten. Goal #3: Increase student attendance and improve the school engagement of Spokane Tribe children and youth in Wellpinit elementary and secondary schools. To achieve these goals, the project has identified seven strategies: Strategy 1: Support Wellpinit elementary and secondary school teachers to incorporate effective, research-based, culturally responsive teaching practices into their teaching Strategy 2: Implement a new program model that will promote more student-centered learning opportunities for secondary school students Strategy 3: Expand out-of-school learning opportunities for elementary and secondary students Strategy 4: Provide a transition program for students entering kindergarten Strategy 5: Develop, pilot, and implement a Spokane Tribe History and Culture curriculum in all elementary and secondary grades Strategy 6: Expand and coordinate family information, engagement and parenting programs in the community
Strategy 7: Expand social-emotional development and group counseling programs to support the development of the whole child.
Turtle Mountain Community College PR# S299A180032 (ND) ($597,608)
Project SHELL (Strengthening Higher Expectations for Learning and Leadership) PARTNERS: The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (federally recognized Tribe and Promise Zone), Turtle Mountain Community College (eligible Tribal College), three BIE Schools (Turtle Mountain Community Middle School, Dunseith Indian Day School, and Ojibwa Indian School), and three LEAs (Dunseith, Rolette, and St. John) will partner to implement SHELL, a high-quality, comprehensive Native Youth Community Project (NYCP) to directly improve the college and career readiness of participating youth.
PURPOSE/EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Project SHELL will deliver culturally-relevant, evidence-based learning to equip youth with the knowledge and skills to improve their educational achievement and assist their readiness to confidently pursue college and careers. Native culture will be integrated throughout all aspects of Project SHELL and be a component of the leadership and community service projects. PRIORITIES: Located in an extremely rural (locale 43) Promise Zone, SHELL meets the Absolute Priority, as well as, all Competitive Preference Priorities. PARTICIPANTS: 1,000 Turtle Mountain entering 8th Grade students (250/year) and their parents/caregivers will actively participate in the comprehensive NYCP activities. GEOGRAPHIC AREA and SITES: SHELL will serve youth in the Turtle Mountain Reservation and encompassing Rolette County in North Dakota, which shares its border with Canada. The area is extremely rural (United States Census) and all partnering schools are located in this rural, remote area (locale code 43). BARRIERS: Informed by need assessment, data analysis, stakeholder discussion, and best practices to improve outcomes for Native students, SHELL will address identified barriers (lack of school success, lack of college and career-readiness, and lack of cultural integration) by i) increasing academic performance to better prepare students for success in school, college, and careers; ii) Increasing college and career training for students and their parents; and iii) integrating Native culture with education and college/career readiness activities. OPPORTUNITIES & STRATEGIES: Regularly scheduled activities, grounded in research and evidence-based strategies, will take place during the school day, after school, and the summer to support students’ school success and college and career readiness, including school day instruction/interventions, after school tutoring/learning sessions, career academies, hands-on learning with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) during a summer camp, and involving tribal Elders and Native role models to engage students in cultural activities. MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES: Each project year, 90 percent of students will increase academic skills as demonstrated by proficiency on appropriate state assessments; 75 percent of parents will increase their knowledge in positive practices to support student success as measured by reports of personal growth on surveys; 90 percent of students will engage in college/career readiness activities; 75 percent of parents will join in college/career training; 90 percent of students will engage in culturally-relevant learning experiences; and 90 percent of students will interact with appropriate Native role models to explore college/career options as measured by results of personal growth on annual surveys. TRIBE: The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (federally recognized Tribe and Promise Zone) is the Tribe involved in Project SHELL.