Indian Education


Overview

The Education Programs Professional (EPP) position was enacted in 1997, through AB266, which authorized funding to support a Consultant position on Indian Education.The EPP provides technical assistance and direction to school districts and schools, as well as collaborates with tribes and organizations throughout Nevada to ensure student achievement for American Indian (AI) students. 

    Events

    The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) provides statewide activities throughout the year:             

    • Annual American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) Education Summit: Save the Date-March 16-17, 2015 at the University of Nevada, Reno, Joe Crowley Student  Union.  
    • Lesson Plan Writing Retreat:Save the Date-July 16-18, 2014
    • Higher Education Workshop: TBA
    • Language and History Symposium: TBA

      Milestones

      Along with the Moapa Band of Paiute Tribe, Moapa, NV, the Nevada Department of Education will host the first annual History & Language Symposium. Co- hosts are the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the Clark County School District's Equity and Diversity Office. For more information contact the Nevada Department of Education's Education Programs Professional for Indian Education, fromero@doe.nv.gov.
      The Nevada Department of Education hosted the 2nd Annual Higher Education Workshop to streamline the educational process for American Indian student. The event took place on October 7, 2013, at the University of Nevada, Reno.

      The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) hosted the 2nd Annual Curriculum Writing Retreat on June 19-21, 2013, at the University of Nevada, Reno's beautiful Knowledge Center. Educators were invited to attend and develop lesson plans and activities to complement the History and Contemporary Lifestyles of the Northern Paiute, Southern Paiute, Washoe and Western Shoshone Curriculum Guide. The guide is intended for use by educators throughout the state who teach about American Indian/Alaska Natives. The Curriculum Guide can be found on the Nevada Department of Educations' website, along with approved lesson plans from last year at: Curriculum Guide & Lesson Plans 

      In October 2012, Nevada State Board of Education adopted the History and Contemporary Lifestyles of the Northern Paiute, Southern Paiute, Washoe and Western Shoshone Curriculum Guide, a Resource for Teachers. The groundwork for Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 389.150, Programs and Curricula for American Indians, was begun with dedicated individuals who recognized the need to design programs and curricula to meet the unique educational needs of AI students.

      In June 2012, the first Lesson Plan Writing Retreat was provided. Educators participated in developing and creating lesson plans based on Common Core State Standards and Nevada State Standards.
      In partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno’s (UNR) Center for Student Cultural Diversity and the Nevada Indian Commission (NIC), the NDE holds an annual American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) Education Summit in the spring. The Summit offers training to Nevada’s educators, and provides information and resources on the tribes in Nevada.

      In conjunction with the AIAN Education Summit’s Planning Committee, the Nevada Department of Education presents the Pesa Namanedu Award to honor American Indian educators in the state of Nevada who have made significant contributions toward Indian Education.