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Grant awarded to UTTC for teacher education
Professional development for pre-service teachers

22 December 2012

BISMARCK (UTN) – United Tribes Technical College has been awarded a four-year, $1.3 million grant to serve American Indian teacher education students in the fields of Elementary and Special Education.

The Office of Indian Education announced it will fund UTTC’s Project CEDAR, which stands for: Collaboration for Educator Development and Retention. The project is an Indian Education Professional Development Program grant to prepare Native educators with bachelor’s degrees. Student support and technology packages are included with the project.

The grant will allow the United Tribes Teacher Education program to recruit, educate and graduate 25 teacher students in the college’s four-year Elementary Education programs. UTTC’s teacher training programs have a well-developed network of support for pre-service teachers that promotes degree completion and induction services, ensuring certification and placement. The graduates of the programs administered by UTTC's teacher education department have been highly successful meeting state licensure requirements and all are employed in tribal, public and private PreK-12 schools in a multi-state area.

A special feature of Project CEDAR will be a series of pre-service summer institutes to enrich the teaching experience in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the humanities. The institutes will be offered over three years at United Tribes in cooperation with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and would feature the NMAI’s traveling educational institute for K-12 teachers.

The first institute, "Prairie Traditions," is scheduled for the week of June 17, 2013. Featured presenters include Emil Her Many Horses (Lakota), curator at the American Indian Museum and award-winning beadwork artist; and Dr. Herman Viola, curator emeritus at the Natural History Museum, Western history scholar and former director of the National Anthropological Archives (NAA).

The second institute, "Teaching Life Sciences, Building Blocks of Life", is scheduled for the first week of August, 2013. Featured presenters are Dr. Cara Santelli, a leading scientist at the National Museum of Natural History; and Marilyn T. London, a forensic anthropologist at the Natural History Museum. UTTC’s respected Tribal Arts Instructor Wallace “Butch” Thunderhawk Jr. will serve as cultural adviser. The institutes will be open to other pre-service teachers in addition to those in Project CEDAR.

For more information about the project, please contact Lisa J. Azure, Project CEDAR Director and Teacher Education Chair, United Tribes Technical College, 701-255-3285 x 1407, lazure@uttc.edu.


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