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The Coding Club from Shiprock High School in front of a mural.

Teach For America is working hand-in-hand with Native communities to help Native students achieve their incredible potential.

Our Mission

Native children experience some of the highest levels of poverty in our country, which greatly impacts their academic and life options. To help end this disparity, the Native Alliance Initiative develops leaders who are committed to preserving Native culture and expanding opportunities for Native youth across the country.

Our work is centered on deepening relationships with Native leaders and communities across our regions. Corps members and alumni who work in Hawai‘i, Greater Tulsa, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oklahoma City, South Dakota and Washington may also have the opportunity to serve Native students living on reservations.

We recognize that the vast majority of Native children attend schools across all of our regions, not just in regions that serve students in schools on tribal land. Our initiative aims to grow the number of Native teachers working in schools across the country, and to build support for indigenous education and partnerships in all communities.

Native Leaders, Native Land

Teach For America alumni share what it means to teach in a Native community.

49%

Native students graduate from high school.

11%

Native students earn a college degree.

75%

TFA Native alumni work in jobs that impact education.

50%

TFA Native alumni teach in Pre-K-12 classrooms.

“I knew New Mexico was exactly where I wanted to be. Serving my community means teaching kids like me.”

Rachel Henderson

New Mexico Corps Member 2013

Providing an Additional Source of Effective Teachers & Leaders

Less than 1 percent of our country’s teachers identify as American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian. Native students benefit from seeing leaders in the classroom who share and affirm their culture, language, and traditions. Since the initiative was first launched in 2009, we have recruited over 340 Native teachers into classrooms across Teach For America’s national network. 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 worked 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, culture, and language 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.

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