Institute for Native-serving Educators (INE)
Through NAU’s Office of Native American Initiatives, we are pleased to launch the Institute for Native-serving Educators (INE). This Institute will be the home for all of our efforts that aim to strengthen schooling across Indian Country.
The goal of INE is to be the premier preK-12 professional development institute of choice for Native Nations in the United States. The Institute for Native-serving Educators houses all professional development partnerships and programs for teachers and administrators in early childhood programs through post-secondary education.
We are excited about the opportunities this opens up for new partnerships, and related initiatives both now and into the future. If you are interested in developing a partnership through INE, please contact us!
Indigenous Early Childhood Educators Professional Development Fellowship
Northern Arizona University’s Institute for Native-serving Educators (nau.edu/ine) and College of Education (nau.edu/coe) are pleased to announce our inaugural professional development fellowship for teachers of 3-4 year olds in Head Starts and other preschools schools serving Navajo, Hopi, Hualapai, White Mountain Apache, and Gila River children. We invite preschool teachers who meet the eligibility criteria and who can commit to the program expectations to apply for this opportunity.
The Indigenous Early Childhood Educators Professional Development Fellowship offers a long-term, cohort-model professional development opportunity for preschool teachers serving Native students to increase their knowledge of early childhood best practices, curriculum development skills, and capacity to deliver culturally responsive lessons.
Applications are due April 15, and the program commitment is from April-December 2021. Selected teachers will meet virtually on selected Friday afternoons, and participate in a three-day residency at NAU in July. The program concludes with a conference on December 4 in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Eligibility criteria Tab Open
Expectations of accepted applicants Tab Closed
Fellowship schedule Tab Closed
Benefits of program participation Tab Closed
Teacher Resources Tab Closed
Eligibility criteria Accordion Open
- Fulltime teacher of 3-4 year olds
- Employed by a Head Start or other preschool serving Navajo, Hopi, Hualapai, White Mountain Apache and/or Gila River children
- Can drive to Flagstaff, Arizona for a 3-day residency in July
- Can obtain written approval by supervisor to teach the curriculum unit that you develop in
- Committed to culturally responsive teaching approaches
Expectations of accepted applicants Accordion Closed
- Attend all virtual and in person meetings, including the final Showcase and Open House on
December 4, 2021 in Flagstaff
- Submit all writing assignments on time, including the final complete curriculum unit that
meets program specifications
- Maintain regular communication via email and/or phone with the program staff
Fellowship schedule Accordion Closed
- Applications are due: April 15, 2021
- Selected teachers will be notified: March 23, 2021
- Virtual meeting dates, all from 2:30-5pm AZ time: April 30, May 21, June 11, July 30, August 20, Sept 10,
Oct 1, Oct 22
- Residency at NAU in Flagstaff: July 8-10, 2021
- Showcase and Open House: December 4, 2021 at NAU in Flagstaff
Benefits of program participation Accordion Closed
- Increased knowledge of best practices in culturally responsive early childhood curriculum
- Completion of a published, self-authored curriculum unit for use in your classroom
- Access to colleague’s self-authored curriculum units for use in your classroom
- Networking and learning from other early childhood educators in Native-serving preschools
- A $1000 stipend provided upon program completion
Teacher Resources Accordion Closed
Preschool teachers in this program will each write a culturally responsive, integrated thematic curriculum unit. Each unit must align to the Arizona Early Learning Standards, and each unit must also demonstrate key principles of culturally responsive schooling.