Today the Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) signed an agreement so that the Navajo Nation can better meet the educational needs of each Navajo student in Arizona.
Navajo students transfer between Arizona public schools and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) grant schools and tribally controlled schools.
This partnership will help the Navajo Nation see how Navajo students are succeeding in Arizona public schools and enable the Navajo Nation to determine what education programs and interventions can improve the achievement of Navajo students in Arizona public schools, BIE grant schools, and BIE tribally controlled schools.
Additionally, the Navajo Nation will now be better able to track Navajo student academic achievement at all schools within Arizona.
“I am honored to have had the opportunity to work and partner with the Navajo Nation to better educate Navajo children and to provide the necessary information for all educators working with Navajo children,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal. “Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed academically, and this is one way ADE can assist in this effort.”
“This partnership with ADE is monumental for my people,” said Dr. Kalvin White, Education Administrator for the Office of Diné Science, Math, and Technology. “It is through this collaboration that we can better support our youth throughout the duration of their schooling to best prepare them to succeed both academically and in their careers. Today marks another improvement in educating the Navajo Nation’s future generations.”
During his time in office, Superintendent Huppenthal has sought to not only support the Navajo people and children, but also to better equip educators with resources to be highly effective in their diverse classrooms.