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NAU grant to boost number of American Indian school principals

July 2, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

NAU grant to boost number of American Indian school principals

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (July 2, 2009) —  A $994,000 grant will fortify Northern Arizona University’s role as a leader in educating K-12 principals to work in American Indian schools.

The grant, from the U.S. Department of Education, supports a four-year project to increase the number of well-trained K-12 principals for schools on American Indian reservations, said Joseph Martin, principal investigator on the grant and an NAU associate professor of educational leadership.
 
The objective of the “principal certificate” program is to add 25 K-12 principals by 2012 to serve in schools on the Navajo Nation, Hopi, San Carlos Apache and White Mountain reservations.

The program is open to qualified American Indian teachers, who will have their college tuition and associated fees paid. Classes will be provided through NAU’s Extended Campuses. Within six months of qualifying, participants will go to work in schools with large populations of American Indian students.

“Principals assume a myriad of responsibilities that are important in running a school, but many of these duties are not essential to improving student achievement,” said Martin, who on Aug. 1 assumes his new role as NAU special adviser on Native American issues. “Our students will receive a broad base of knowledge and skills and achieve clarity on what is essential as well as what is important.”

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