NU NB Leadership Center Program Ambassador
In June of 2014, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) announced an initiative with the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) as part of President Obama’s ongoing efforts to improve performance of students in BIE schools and provide a world-class education for every student. Since then, the NBC Teacher Leadership Center at National University School of Education has taken action to support all BIE teachers in achieving certification. National Board Certified Teachers all over the country are supporting BIE teachers both in person and via internet resources.
In addition, last summer many BIE educators attended the NBC Leadership Center Annual Symposium where they shared specific issues related to Native American students with all attendees. Much was learned about the unique needs of these school children. Attendees learned that there are 183 BIE schools in 23 states. More than 4,000 BIE teachers serve these students and play a vital role in preserving Native cultures. Challenges faced by BIE educators include providing access to education for students in remote tribal areas. Academic performance of BIE students is very low compared to students from mainstream public schools. The National Assessment of Education Progress showed that fourth grade reading tests indicated results 25 points below the national average, for example. More, only 59 percent of high school students graduate compared to 80 percent of students nationwide.
With these understandings regarding the current state of education for Native American children, National University is a proud partner in supporting the great work of BIE teachers all over the country. Through the NBC Leadership Center, we are committed to support every BIE teacher who chooses to seek support in achieving National Board Certification.