TAHLEQUAH – American Indian Resource Center officials have announced that it has received funding from the Office of Indian Education for a Native teacher training program. 

The American Indian Professional Education Consortium is seeking participants who have a passion for education and are excited to work in school systems with a high enrollment of American Indian students. Teacher training will be provided to equip participants to become culturally responsive teachers in such school systems. The curriculum will include culturally specific learning techniques so that they will be able to meet the learning styles and needs of Native students.

AIPEC Director Nikki Jones said the consortium is working closely with Northeastern State University staff to recruit Indian teacher candidates.

The participants will attend professional seminars with leading Indian educators in the field who will inform the most effective learning tools for students. In addition, the program provides funding for tuition and fees, immersive field trip experiences and an induction mentoring component.

This is a work payback program and participants will have to work in school systems with a high percentage of American Indian students upon completion of their degrees.

Eligibility requirements are:

· Must be an American Indian or Alaska Native member of a federally recognized tribe;

· Must be admitted into Teacher Education in NSU’s College of Education; 

· Must have a 2.75 GPA or higher; and

· Must be willing to remain active in the AIPEC Program and participate in all required activities.

For information or questions, call Nikki Jones at 918-456-5581, ext. 316.or email njones@aircinc.org.