NIEA Statement on Revised ESSA State Template

Washington, D.C.– Yatibaey Evans, the President of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) issued the following statement today regarding the rollback of the stakeholder engagement guidelines in the new application for states to use in developing their accountability plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


“NIEA is greatly disappointed that one of the key provisions of ESSA, community and parent engagement in school plans, has been eliminated from the template the Department of Education has suggested states use. With over 90% of Native students attending public schools, it is vital that Native voices are heard in the public school system.


This conspicuous absence not only risks undermining tribal leaders and Native communities in the development of state plans, but also risks destabilizing the efforts of states such as North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Alaska who have been diligently working to ensure that all are at the table.


NIEA will redouble our efforts to work with states with steadfast commitment to the language and intent of ESSA, which require timely and meaningful tribal consultation in state plans and the local consultation required of school districts.


We appreciate those states who have showed leadership and look forward to working with tribal leaders and Native communities on behalf of Native students in states across the country to make sure Native voices are at the table when decisions are made.”


For immediate assistance or questions, please contact Matt deFerranti, Legislative Director, at (202) 544-7290 or via email at

Reviewers Wanted for Fulbright-Hays–Group Projects Abroad Program

U.S. Department of Education is recruiting peer reviewers to evaluate applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) program grant competition.

The GPA program provides opportunities for faculty, teachers, and undergraduate and graduate students to conduct group projects overseas to carry out research, curriculum development, and study in the fields of modern foreign languages and area studies

Who: The Department is seeking peer reviewers with the following experience in international education to assess the quality of applications for funding:

→   Experience in teaching or research in international education and/or foreign languages;
→   Recent experience in administering or participating in international education programs; and/or
→  Practical experience overseas in international education.

If you would like to be considered as a peer reviewer, please access the Department’s G5 System at to register yourself  in the online peer reviewer database.

Take a Look at The Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection Report!

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The Department of Education (ED) released a first look at the data collected in the 2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) Report. The CRDC is a survey of all public schools and school districts in the United States. The survey measures student access to resources, as well as information on factors like school discipline and bullying. Highlights from the report show the harsh realities our students experience in public schools.

To view the CRDC report, please click here.

Peer Reviewers Sought for Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3)!


The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is seeking non-Federal experts to serve as peer reviewers of applications submitted for the Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3).  Individuals should have expertise in the implementation of policies, programs, and practices to improve the education, employment, and other key outcomes of disconnected youth populations, such as youth who are homeless, in foster care, justice-involved, unemployed, or not enrolled in or at risk of dropping out of an educational institution.

Apply by June 17th!

To learn more click here: P3 Peer Reviewers Sought


Call For Peer Reviewers For Professional Development Grants!

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The Department of Education, Office of Indian Education is conducting a discretionary grant competition in FY 2016 for the Professional Development Grants Program.  They are seeking well qualified individuals who have education experience, either post-secondary education or in teacher/administrator training fields, plus experience working with the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) community.

Applications due June 24th!

To learn more click here:

Apply to be peer reviewer here:

Graduation Rates Continue Showing Upward Trend

Continuing a steady upward trend, more Minnesota students are graduating high school than ever before. With over 54,200 graduates, the class of 2015 posted an 81.9 percent graduation rate, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Education. Data also show gap closure as graduation rates for students of color continue to rise.

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Visit the Minnesota Report Card

Save The Date: U.S. Department of Education Tribal Consultation Sessions

April 13, 2015 Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, ND

April 22, 2015 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

April 26, 2015 Tribal Self-Governance Conference, Reno, NV

June 28, 2015 NCAI Mid-Year Meeting, St. Paul, MN

Registration and more information, please go

Register Now For U.S. Department of Education Native Youth Initiative Tribal Consultation at NCAI Conference, Atlanta

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Native Youth Initiative Tribal Consultation


The Department of Education (ED) hosted their first consultation session on their recently announced Native Youth Initiative during NIEA’s Annual Convention and will continue their series next week on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. The Initiative will fund culturally-relevant, place-based strategies designed to improve the educational and life outcomes for youth in Native communities. Recognizing the importance of tribal self-determination, the grants would support a coordinated intervention strategy chosen by the Native community, within the context of a more comprehensive approach to youth development planned by the community.


ED encourages stakeholders to submit written statements to by Saturday, November 1, 2014 that includes your name, title, tribe representing, address, city, state, and email address.


Future Consultation Date

  • When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (local time)
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Hanover B Room, 265 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Register: Please click HERE.
  • Submissions: Please submit written statements to


If you need additional information, please contact Ron Lessard, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education Chief of Staff, at 202-453-5509 or

Supportive School Discipline Webinar Series Presents “School Discipline Laws and Regulations”


The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice is pleased to announce the next Supportive School Discipline Webinar Series event, School Discipline Laws and Regulations, which is scheduled for Wednesday, June 11, 2014, from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM EDT.

This Webinar will provide an in-depth review of the School Discipline Compendium of Laws and Regulations, a key resource in the recently released School Discipline Guidance Package, and discuss the latest trends in policymaking related to school discipline and implications for implementing new policy at the local level.  In particular, as a result of participating in this session, participants will learn:

  • How to find and use state laws and regulations related to school discipline
  • The latest trends in school discipline policy making
  • About states and districts that are implementing laws and regulations that align with the supportive school discipline principles
  • How school discipline laws and regulations can be effectively implemented at a local level via a school board

The Webinar will be moderated by Greta Colombi (American Institutes for Research), and feature key experts in the field who have a deep knowledge of school discipline laws and regulations, including: Victoria Cassell (EMT Associates), Kristen Darling Churchill (Child Trends), Mike Thompson (Council of State Governments, Justice Center), and Elona Street-Stewart (recently retired St. Paul Public Schools School Board of Education Director).

For more information and to register, visit

School Climate Transformation Grant Available for Local and State Fiscal Year 2014

School Climate Transformation Grant—Local Educational Grants, “Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 2014” 

Eligible Applicants:  LEAs, or consortia of LEAs.

Application Deadline Date:  June 23, 2014

Estimated Available Funds:  $23,625,000

More detailed information is available online at:


School Climate Transformation Grant—State Educational Agency Grants, “Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 2014” 

Eligible Applicants:  SEAs

Application Deadline Date:  June 23, 2014

Estimated Available Funds:  $7,375,000

More detailed information is available online at: