TEDNA Presents A Merit Award Essay Contest

TEDNA is proud to present our first  Merit Award Essay Contest. We invite Native American incoming college freshman and undergraduate students whose tribe is a member of TEDNA to submit an essay by August 24, 2015.  This year’s theme is “The Importance of Culture in Education”. Three awards will be given in the amount of: $500, $300 and $200, respectively.

The requirements are here. For more information, view our flyer here.

To become a member of TEDNA, click here.

If you have any questions, call (303) 447-8760 or email zephier@narf.org

Via Oregonlive.com: State Outlines Plan to Boost Graduation Rates, Attendance for Native American Students

An excerpt:

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In this file photo a dancer participates in a powwow hosted by the Native American Youth and Family Center. The state recently approved a plan to better support Native American youth. ( Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian) (Ross William Hamilton)

The Oregon Department of Education has outlined a new strategic plan to help boost graduation rates, attendance and more for the state’s Native American youth. 

The state originally approved the Oregon American Indian/Alaska Native Education State Plan more than 20 years ago, according to ODE. The newly revised document was adopted by the State Board of Education in April and aims to increase outcomes for Native American students, provide culturally relevant instruction and hire and retain more Native American educators.

“This plan will help guide our efforts at the state level as we engage our tribal partners and communities in the important work underway,”  said new state schools chief Salam Noor, who recently took over for former Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “Our system has historically underserved our Native students, and this plan is an important step in turning things around and providing our students with what they need to excel.”

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