In the fight to end educational inequity, everyone is needed. Learn about the partnerships that are helping us connect across communities and bringing diverse perspectives to the table.
Native Alliance Initiative
Native children experience some of the highest levels of poverty in our country, which greatly affects their academic and life options.
About the Native Alliance Initiative
- Providing an Additional Source of Effective Teachers
- Advancing Student Achievement
- Fostering Culturally Responsive Teaching
- Partnering with Native Organizations and Governments
Teach For America launched the Native Achievement Initiative (later renamed the Native Alliance Initiative) in May 2009.
Today, we’re working with Native students and leaders in Hawai‘i, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, the Twin Cities, and Washington state.
Providing an Additional Source of Effective Teachers
Today, less than 1% of our country’s teachers identify as American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian. We’re dedicated to recruiting more leaders from these backgrounds to the teaching profession.
We have increased the number of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian individuals in our teaching corps and alumni base from 40 to nearly 200 since 2010.
Simultaneously, we are working to building a sustainable alumni leadership pipeline.
Our alumni include school, policy, and community leaders committed to advocating for and building with Native communities and children.
Advancing Student Achievement
In the 2015-16 school year, more than 300 corps members are working relentlessly to expand opportunity for their 10,000 students from Native backgrounds.
Fostering Culturally Responsive Teaching
Students learn best when they can see their own experiences reflected in their curriculum. We’re working to create outstanding examples of culturally responsive teaching and training our teachers in those practices.
Partnering with Native Organizations and Governments
We can go further together. That’s why we’re committed to forming strong partnerships with Native organizations and governments to raise awareness, collaborate on teacher recruitment and training, and accelerate our collective efforts.
In The News
A Generation Rising
To honor her family and her people, Kayla Begay is building a school in the Navajo Nation where students won’t have to choose—as she did—between education and their culture. Read more
Inspiring Native Children
When my family and I moved from the reservation to a town an hour south of Seattle, I was faced with a harsh reality. I was nearly three years behind in reading and writing compared to my peers in my new school. Read more
Native Lives Matter
The truth is, as Native people, the fight for recognition as living, breathing, human beings in 2015 is real. Read more
More Native Americans Join TFA South Dakota
Kiva Sam hopes to draw more Native Americans to do what she did—return to the reservation and teach. Read more