TEDNA Member Representative Leslie Harper Named Tribal Leadership Negotiator on ESSA Rulemaking Committee


The U.S. Department of Education today named committee members who will draft proposed regulations in two areas of Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This is the latest step in the process of implementing ESSA.

“We look forward to working with the committee to promote equity and excellence for all students by providing states and school districts with timely regulations so that they can plan ahead and support students and educators,” said Ann Whalen, senior advisor to the secretary, delegated the duties of the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education.

ESSA replaces the outdated No Child Left Behind law and expands on the work this Administration, states, districts and schools across the country have already started. The new law will help build on key progress that we’ve made in education over recent years—including a record high school graduation rate of 82 percent, significant expansion of high-quality preschool, and a million more African American and Hispanic students enrolled in college than in 2008, when President Obama took office.

ESSA promotes equitable access to educational opportunities in critical ways, such as asking states to hold all students to high academic standards to prepare them for college and careers and ensuring action in the lowest-performing schools, high schools with low graduation rates, and in schools that are consistently failing subgroups of students. Maintaining effective, high-quality assessments and ensuring that all states and districts know how to meet the updated “supplement not supplant” requirement are crucial to achieving these objectives.

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The Office of Indian Education announces on Monday, February 29, 2016 the availability of the 2016 Native Youth Community Projects applicaton. The announcement published today, February 29, 2016 and will close May 31, 2016. The 2016 competition is the second year under the Native Youth Community Projects priority under the demonstration program. In 2015 twelve applications were funded for a period up to four years. For 2016, however, there will be additional funding for additional projects to be funded, expanding even further, the college and career ready capability of local tribal communities.

The Notice Inviting Application was published in the Federal Register on February 29, 2016 and is available at this link: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-29/pdf/2016-04260.pdf.

For more information you may check the Demonstration Grant program page here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indiandemo/applicant.html.

A new press releases was issued on Monday, Feb 29 regarding the Native Youth Community Projects competition for 2016. You may find the press release at this link: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/historic-investment-174-million-grants-available-help-native-youth
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The Office of Indian Education will host a series of online webinar sessions for the 2016 NYCP competition. The first webinar is scheduled for March 9, 2016 and titled Native Youth Community Projects Pre-Application Webinar Session. You are invited to participate in a webinar event sponsored and presented by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education, and coordinated by The Millennium Group International (TMG) Technical Assistance Team.

This webinar will be the first in a series of five webinar presentations designed to support you through the Native Youth Community Project (NYCP) 2016 application process. It is designed to present an overview of the NYCP grant competition and effective, practical, and realistic strategies on the grant application process. This 90 minute webinar will focus on understanding the NYCP application and will be presented on March 9, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST. The webinar aims to build knowledge of applying for federal grants, highlight federal grant resources, address applicant concerns, and increase participants’ feelings of efficacy around federal grant application submission.

Registration for the Webinar is now open and will remain open until 1:00 PM EST on March 9, 2016.

To register, please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7716231139655152132. GoToWebinar is an on-line registration service and will provide immediate confirmation upon registration.

Webinar Topic: Telling Your Story: Understanding the NYCP Application & What It Can Do for Your Community
Date: March 9, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                               Feb. 29,2016
Contact: Press Office
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

Support Aimed at Helping Native Students Become College-, Career-Ready

The U.S. Department of Education today announced it is more than tripling – from $5.3 million to $17.4 million – the availability of funding for grants to help Native American youth become college- and career-ready.

The extra support is being provided for Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) as an ongoing step toward implementing President Obama’s commitment to improving the lives of American Indian and Alaskan Native children. The grants will support the President’s Generation Indigenous “Gen I” Initiative to help Native American youth.

 In a Federal Register notice, the Department said it expects to make approximately 19 demonstration awards ranging from $500,000 to $1 million to tribal communities before Sept. 30.

 “In too many places across Indian Country, Native youth do not receive adequate resources to help prepare them for success in school or after graduation,” said Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.  “The Native Youth Community Projects are an investment in bringing tribal communities together to change that reality, and dramatically transform the opportunities for Native youth.  When tribal communities join together around shared goals for Native youth, we will see locally driven solutions coming from leaders who work most closely with students and are best-positioned to lead change.”

William Mendoza, executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, said, “These resources are desperately needed in tribal communities and are rooted in the value of tribally driven partnerships and strategies as a foundation to addressing the challenges Native youth face.”

 Today’s announcement builds on the NYCP grants awarded last year to a dozen recipients in nine states that impacted over 30 tribes and involved more than 48 schools. The NYCP program is based on significant consultation with tribal communities and recognizes that these communities can best:

·         Identify key barriers to and opportunities for improving educational and life outcomes for Native youth, and

·         Develop and implement locally produced strategies designed to address those barriers.

Each grant will support a coordinated, focused approach chosen by a community partnership that includes a tribe, local schools and other optional service providers or organizations.

 For example, the program allows tribes to identify ways to achieve college and career readiness specific to their own populations – which could include any number of approaches, such as early learning, language immersion or mental health services. Communities can tailor strategies to address barriers to success for students in college-and-career readiness.  The success of these projects will guide the work of future practices that improve the educational opportunities and achievement of preschool, elementary and secondary Indian students.

 The President’s recent fiscal year 2017 budget proposal calls for increased investments across Indian Country.  The plan would:

 ·         Significantly expand the overall funding for NYCP to $53 million.

·         Provide $350 million for Preschool Development Grants – an increase of $100 million over fiscal year 2016 – to help develop and expand high-quality preschool programs in targeted communities, including planning grants to tribal governments.

·         Help nearly 470,000 Native students with increased support for Title I programs serving low-income schools with funding necessary to provide high-need students access to an excellent education.  The proposal seeks $15.4 billion – a $450 million increase – for all Title I efforts.

 In addition, Acting Secretary King will be visiting the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota in the coming months to listen to the needs of tribal officials and share information on the efforts by the Administration to help Native youth and adults.

 For more on the Administration’s investment in Native American issues, visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/nativeamericans.

The Department of Education announces their intention to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee prior to publishing proposed regulations to implement part A of title I, Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The negotiating committee will include representatives of constituencies that are significantly affected by the topics proposed for negotiations, including Federal, State, and local education administrators, tribal leadership, parents and students, including historically underrepresented students, teachers, principals, other school leaders (including charter school leaders), paraprofessionals, members of State and local boards of education, the civil rights community, including representatives of students with disabilities, English learners, and other historically under-served students, and the business community.

DATES: Must be received on or before February 25, 2016

Submit your nominations for negotiators to:
James Butler, U.S.
Department of Education, 400 Maryland
Avenue SW., Room 3W246,
Washington, DC 20202

Telephone (202) 260–9737
or by email:OESE.ESSA.nominations@ed.gov.

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You are invited to participate in a Webinar event sponsored and presented by the U. S. Department of Education, and coordinated by The Millennium Group’s (TMG’s) Technical Assistance Team.

This Webinar will be the first in a series of presentations designed to strengthen your capacity to achieve your project outcomes.

Webinar Topic: Understanding FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

Date:   Wednesday December 9, 2015

Time: 2:00 PM EST

Please register for the webinar using this link: Registration