TUBA CITY-A highly competitive three-year math and science partnership grant from the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) was awarded to Tuba City District's Eagles Nest Intermediate School (ENIS) on Dec. 5.
The total grant is a little more than $300,000 and will be used to improve student math and science skills in the kindergarten through sixth grade levels while providing paid professional development and college credit for the grant's participating teachers.
ENIS will partner with three other community reservation area schools: Moencopi Day School, Red Lake School and Tuba City Boarding School.
The primary idea of the grant is to effectively "align" teaching methods and instruction for all reservation area schools in these two critical subject areas.
The grant will also allow students who might transfer from ENIS to another neighboring school or move on to a higher grade level, to retain their math and science skills at an optimum competency and be successful at another junior high or high school and learn from the same math and science materials and classroom methods.
Harriet Sloan Carter, ENIS principal, is excited about the prospect of a partnership with other schools near her facility,
"This grant will hopefully unify us as [an educational] community.… I am also hoping it will help us as administrators and educators to see this entire reservation area as potential partners in education and student enrichment instead of [as] competitors."
"We really need to look at our students in these local and outreach areas as…our communal responsibility, because they are all our children. This grant will help to enrich the entire reservation by aligning curriculum and bringing up student academic achievement for our entire community of students."
The ADE grant will begin immediately after January 2007.
An additional highlight is that all training resources for aligning these skills will be brought directly to the reservation to be held at TC District for the four participating schools.
The staff-teacher training will be held on-site followed by professional observation for utilizing the newly-learned methods in the classroom.
A total of 80 teachers from all four schools will participate in this grant and will be paid stipends for completing the coursework as well as receive college credit.
For more information on the ENIS grant, call ENIS Principal Sloan Carter at 928-283-1043.