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New Mexico Public Education Department: Indian Education School District and Cultural Inclusion Initiative

Deadline: May 9, 2016

The Indian Education School District Initiative will provide grants to New Mexico public school districts, namely the 23 school districts, and district-chartered or state-chartered schools that enroll a significant number of American Indian students for the purpose of improving academic and cultural achievement opportunities related to one of the following Indian Education Act purposes:

  • Ensure equitable and culturally relevant learning environments, educational opportunities, and culturally-relevant instructional material
  • Ensure maintenance of native language
  • Provide for the study, development, and implementation of education systems that positively affect the educational success of American Indian students
  • Encourage parental involvement
  • Ensure that parents, tribal departments of education, community-based organizations, the Department of Education, universities, tribal, state, and local policy makers work together to finds ways to improve educational opportunities for American Indian students
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with school districts, Bureau of Indian Education, urban American Indian organizations, and tribal governments

The goal is to support New Mexico public school districts that demonstrate effective culturally-relevant programs and practices which contribute to the academic and cultural success of New Mexico American Indian students to improve academic and cultural achievement opportunities of American Indian students. Funds may be utilized for costs related to personnel, professional development, curriculum/resource materials, tribal heritage language support, supplies, transportation, lodging, and stipends.

Applicants must select a focus area(s) (no more than two) to ensure sustainable quality deliverables at the end of the grant period. Focus areas include:

  1. Multicultural Community- and School-Based Language Support
  2. Curriculum Development and Implementation
  3. Professional Development
  4. Partnerships
  5. Student Development
  6. Student Centered
  7. School Innovation

Amount: Grants of up to $25,000 will be made for a one year period.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants must be one of the 23 New Mexico public school districts and/or state-chartered or school district-chartered schools serving a significant number of American Indian students that demonstrate a commitment to the success of American Indian students at their school. See the Request for Applications for a listing of eligible school districts and schools.

Link: http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/rfps.html

Note: Required pre-application conferences will be held on April 13 and April 19 of 2016.

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