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1 National Indian Education Association Advocating for educational excellence, opportunity, and equity for Native students

2 The Bureau of Indian Education National Indian Education Association Webinar Part II September 16, 2014, 4 p.m. (Eastern) Presented by: Dr. Monty Roessel, Director

3 Part II Overview Reform Area 1: Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders Follow-Up Responses to Part I

4 Reform Area One: Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders Help tribes to identify, recruit, develop, retain, and empower diverse, highly effective teachers and principals to maximize the highest achievement for every student in all BIE-funded schools. World Class Instruction for all BIE Students Delivered by Tribes Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders Agile Organizational Environment Promote Educational Self- Determination for Tribal Nations Comprehensive Supports through Partnerships Budget Aligned to Support New Priorities Student outcomes can improve only with changes in classroom teaching and learning. Three factors matter most: 1.Hiring effective teachers and principals; 2.Developing teachers and principals continuously; 3.Providing targeted support to ensure every child can benefit from high quality instruction.

5 Recommendations: Next Steps: Improve BIE’s existing internal capacity to provide technical assistance to tribes around professional development, modeling, coaching, and the monitoring and evaluation process. Movement of Human Resources under the School Operations Division to increased response time for teacher and principal hiring. Establishment of Education Resource Centers as technical resource support for schools. Reform Area One: Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders

6 Recommendations: Next Steps: Upgrade the skills of existing teachers and principals teachers and principals (e.g. instructional coaches at the school level, professional development Developing current skills of current instructional staff by providing robust and sustained Professional Development. Reform Area One: Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders

7 Recommendations: Next Steps: Improve BIE’s ability to help tribes develop human resource programs within tribal educational agencies Providing the Sovereignty in Indian Education grant funds to tribal education departments and tribes to support tribally managed school systems focused on four areas: Finance, Human Resources, School Governance, and Academics. Reform Area One: Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders

8 Recommendations: Next Steps: Create new, high quality teacher pipelines from colleges, including tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), to BIE schools by providing TCUs with support to improve and expand and improve effective teacher education programs. Build partnerships with Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) to provide professional development at Education Resource Centers. Reform Area One: Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders

9 Recommendations: Next Steps: Provide incentives to recruit effective teachers and principals (e.g., allow schools to spend funding on teacher housing, providing housing stipends, loan forgiveness, and educational benefits). Seeking waiver to gain greater flexibility to spend Federal education funding on capital investments such as teacher housing. Reform Area One: Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders

10 Recommendations: Next Steps: Provide incentives to tribes to adopt certain staffing formulas and performance based evaluations that are tied to student achievement. Support and encourage the BIE schools that are currently beginning this process of linking student outcomes to teacher evaluations. BIE has begun a review of workforce. Staffing criteria as a best practice for ensuring proper use of budget. Train school boards on opportunities to improve process. Reform Area One: Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders

11 Recommendations: Next Steps: Ensure appropriate reward and remuneration structure for teacher and principals. Train school administration and school boards on reward programs with existing funds. Reform Area One: Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders

12 Documents/Data: To obtain copies of the Secretarial Order, the Blueprint for Reform, and the BIE Strategic Plan , go to the following link:

13 Questions? Please submit any questions that you have via the Question Box located within the webinar pop-up box on your computer screen now.

14 Additional Questions? For additional comments or questions after today’s webinar, please submit them to the National Indian Education Association at To send comments to the Bureau of Indian Education, please contact

15 Next Steps Future webinars: NIEA will hold additional webinars this fall to provide in-depth information on topics like what this reform means for tribally-operated schools. NIEA Convention: Meet with representatives from the BIE in person at NIEA’s annual convention this October in Anchorage, Alaska.

16 Upcoming NIEA Conventions Register today at


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