The purpose of the Native Teacher Program (NTP) is to support pre-service teachers in increasing their understanding and knowledge base of Ojibwe language, history and culture. Students in this program will also have an understanding of best practice when working with Ojibwe youth.
Tuition support is available for students who major in both the NTP and elementary or secondary education. Funding availability is dependent on grant cycles. Participation in the program is not dependent on tribal affiliation. Service payback is required by the U.S. Office of Indian Education for financial support received from grants funded by them.
The Ojibwe Language and Culture component of the program is available as a stand alone major for students outside the School of Education or as a complement to other disciplines as well. However, there is no financial support available for these students.
These grants are in place due to demonstrated need for culturally sensitive and bilingual teachers in K-12 programs in Duluth and surrounding areas. The Native student population far outweighs available resources, including teachers, for effective education. Within our Native youth lives the future success and well-being of our community.
The College of St. Scholastica Academic Excellence Award honors students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their area of study.
The Native Teacher Program is also available on the Fond du Lac Reservation. This cohort group is designed for those interested in pursuing the Elementary Education teacher licensure program. The Fond du Lac program is open to enrolled members and descendants of state and federally recognized tribes.
Fond du Lac Tribal College will serve as the fiscal agent of the project and the College of St. Scholastica will serve as the degree granting institution. The project will prepare American Indian teachers in elementary education with the goal of increasing American Indian educational success. Graduates will be able to implement best practices in American Indian Education and support other teachers, both Native and non-Native, to enhance American Indian education.
Watch our video from Ziigwani-niimi'idiing: Spring Pow-wow 2012.
ISA is open to all students and hosts a variety of events throughout the year.