Conference to explore improving educational instruction for Indian children July 11-12 at NAU

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Fifth American Indian Teacher Education conference takes place July 11 - 12 on the Northern Arizona University (NAU) campus and is intended to share the latest research and methods for improving instruction serving Indian children.

The American Indian Teacher Education Conference at NAU is a venue for national and statewide discussion about how best to teach Indian children. The conference has gained prominence amid current concerns about the "achievement gap," federal Common Core standards legislation and questions about the fairness and accuracy of standardized tests.

The two-day conference, sponsored by the College of Education and the Office of the President, will allow national and international Native educators to share information with K-12 teachers, university faculty and tribal educators. The conference is designed, through panels, workshops and research, to help improve the lives and education of Indian children.

The conference keynote speakers include Dr. Teresa McCarty, faculty at the University of California Los Angeles and former co-director of the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University. She will discuss New Pathways for Native American Student Achievement. Dr. Sandra Fox, who received the 2013 National Indian Education Association's Life-time Achievement Award, will speak about the value of culturally appropriate teaching and learning. Dr.s Tangiwai and Poia Rewi, faculty in the School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand, will speak about their research and work around their tribe's efforts for total immersion Maori language school.

A panel presentation made up of leading Navajo educators and administrators of Navajo schools will discuss their experiences with Diné (Navajo) language immersion programs and the academic and social benefits students receive from these programs.

The conference registration fee is $50. More information on the conference including registration information and a draft copy of the conference program is available at


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