UNCP School of Education Gets $1,100,000 Federal Grant to Facilitate the Training of American Indian Teachers

It is good news as the UNC Pembroke School of Education secured a generous federal grant of $1,100,000 for five years. This grant aims to facilitate teaching tools such as smartboards, projectors for the classroom, and more importantly, the training of American Indians in the teaching discipline. This will produce more qualified teachers dedicated to teaching the American Indian population.

This federal grant will aid the FATE (First Americans’ Teacher Education) program, which is a project that facilitates pre-service teachers’ training. The projectors of the FATE program give financial aid to future teachers by lessening financial constraints and improving the rate of retention and enrollment.

The major objective of this education program is to boost the population of eminently qualified Native American Educators in certain counties such as Robeson, Scotland, and Hoke and to ensure that these teachers have proper support through a thorough inclusion program that aids new teachers.

UNC Pembroke School of Education is known to have a prominent history of successfully clinching the federal education grant. Dr. Laury Ford, the Dean of the school and project director of the FATE program, says it’s an honor to collaborate with public educational institutions in the South Eastern section of North Carolina to train suitably qualified American Indian teachers.

Dr. Leslie Locklear, the coordinator of FATE, is one of the project’s key assistants.

The First Americans’ Training Education program aims to enrich the first couple of years for the recently certified Native American educators through a complete induction and mentoring plan. In addition, the participants of the FATE program will be involved in several workshops to upgrade their skills in taking tests and enhance the pass percentage for Praxis II tests.

The program participants will undergo a broad-ranged career development which will have the cultural demands of South-eastern Native American students as its focal point. The first group of participants will be enrolled in January 2022.

Teachers who were trained and awarded certification by the First Americans’ Training Education program will be in a beneficial alliance with the program’s director, instructor, and coordinator. In addition, they will be serving as the induction mentors for the 2-year induction and mentoring plan.

This federal grant is sponsored by the United States Department of Education’s Indian Education Professional Development program.

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