Native vs Non-Native graduation rates…Culture in the classroom for school success?




One school on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota puts a focus on culturally based education and it might be getting results. From sugar bushing to round dance competitions, cultural practices are part of the educational process. Overall, only 56 percent of American Indian students graduated on time in Minnesota in 2015, according to the Minnesota Department of Education. The average is 84 percent. In this continuation of our collaboration with the American Graduate initiative, we’ll talk with educators from the White Earth Reservation about their approach and what they’re seeing. Click here to listen live.

1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

Job Announcement! MN Dept of Ed

job-openingPlease see the job announcement link below for more information on the Minnesota Department of Education, Office of Indian Education Director position. I encourage you to share this announcement with anyone within your network that you feel may benefit.

Director Office of Indian Education – Job ID 9290

Job Summary

This is a unclassified appointment that reports directly to the Commissioner of Education, which will serve as the Indian Education liaison between the Department of Education and the eleven tribal governments in Minnesota.  This position exists to provide leadership, policy development, program design and implementation of a comprehensive program for educational excellence and accountability for the American Indian students – pre K-graduate school.  This position will work with MDE, Tribal and public schools, Tribal governments, federal and state agencies and elected officials to fulfill the program’s desired outcomes.  The position has fiscal responsibility for and oversight of legislated grant programs and the Indian Education Act of 1988 (124.71 to 124D.82)

Minnesota Indian Education Summit Report and Pictures

Bowman Performance Consulting has been working with American Institutes for Research and the Minnesota Indian Education Summit. The report is now available!

Click to view the PDF of “American Indian Education in Minnesota: Analytic Review of Key State and National Documents”

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*More about the MN Indian Ed Summit.

This event, hosted by the Minnesota Department of Education and the Midwest Comprehensive Center, will be especially beneficial for state and tribal leaders and policymakers, tribal and public education administrators and staff, and Indian education stakeholders.

Building on the Governor’s American Indian Education Summit held on January 9, 2012, and, as a result of new Minnesota legislation, this event is the first in a series of annual events addressing American Indian education issues in Minnesota. Key topics to be addressed at this event include the following:

  • American Indian education in Minnesota, with sessions on meeting requirements for Indian education in your school, connecting to the Minnesota education system, and best practices currently being used by schools and districts in the state
  • Data use and American Indian students, with sessions on graduation rates and dropout rates for American Indian students
  • Partnerships that benefit American Indian students, with sessions regarding collaborations among tribal education, public schools and districts, and community organizations

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Minnesota American Indian Education Summit
MN Indian Ed Conference “Spotlight” on AIR Midwest

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MN Indian Ed Conference “Spotlight” on AIR Midwest

The MN Indian Ed Conference is now a “spotlight” on the AIR Midwest Comprehensive Center homepage.  It is the ONLY event being highlighted there presently.  That homepage is here:  Our spotlight is in the right hand corner of the homepage.

Other links:

*        The PDF of the conference flyer is here:

*        And the 2013 MN Indian Ed Conference Website for registering to attend the  September 23rd event is here:

Learn more about the Conference and Bowman’s role:

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