The Office of Indian Education (OIE) administers federal and state programs to meet the educational and cultural needs of Native American students. The office implements A.R.S. 15-244, Indian Education Act, providing outreach to all of Arizona’s local educational agencies (LEAs) on reservations and urban areas with high populations of American Indian students. OIE provides technical assistance in collaboration with all units at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) that interface with these LEAs. Conferences and training, as well as parental involvement activities, are also provided onsite and at ADE.
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Support School Districts and Communities with Resources - Provide technical assistance that includes culturally-literate tools and resources for both Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and tribal nations and communities.
Increase Pathways for Indigenous Educators - Facilitate increasing the number of Indigenous educators of all levels (teachers, counselors, administrators) to work at schools throughout the state and particularly in rural, tribal communities.
Develop Policies and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consultation Procedures - Facilitate tribal collaboration efforts between ADE and respective tribal nations, as well as engage in high-quality, K-12 Indian education policy development, while upholding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) section 8538 regarding tribal consultation.
Convene Strategic Partnerships and Communications - Work with multiple stakeholders to strengthen relationship-building between diverse groups and within the ADE, revitalize connections to caregivers of Indigenous students, conduct timely dissemination of information and resources, and continue community-based participatory engagement to sustain a vision for successful and thriving students, educators, communities, and tribal nations within Arizona.