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Deadline: May 8, 2015

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

The Indian Education School District Initiative seeks to fund the 23 school districts, 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, and 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 of the program is to support New Mexico public school districts in providing effective culturally-relevant programs and practices that ensure American Indian school students have access to academic opportunities and a sense of cultural belonging.

Amount: $25,000 for a one year period

Eligibility: 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.

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

Note: A mandatory Pre-Application/Technical Assistance Workshop will be held on April 29, 2015.

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