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K-12 Grant to Implement Indian Education for All (IEFA) 2013-2014
In order for districts to successfully implement Indian Education for All, educators must have accurate background information regarding historical and contemporary American Indian tribes and people. The goal of this year's IEFA K-12 grant is to design and provide a program of professional development for instructional staff that develops capacity to integrate IEFA in the implementation of Montana Content Standards.
This K-12 IEFA grant is open to any Montana public school district or a consortium of districts. Preference will be given to schools which have not had a previous IEFA grant.
Grant awards are available in a range of approximately $1,000 up to $15,000 depending on the scope of the proposal. There will be a limited number of grants awarded. Notification of grant awards will be sent by October 30, 2013.
The proposed project must be completed by June 15, 2014. Proposed activities should reflect this timeline.
All application materials are due September 30, 2013.
Below is the proposal application and complete information.
Guidance and Data
Funding Spectrum Guide: Indian Education for All Examples of activities suggested for IEFA funds (not intended as a definitive list). Also, please see Funding Spectrum Guide: Indian Education For All, listed above:
- Indian Education for All guest speakers
- Visiting experts from local tribes and tribal colleges
- Peer mentoring or cooperative planning for instruction
- Visits to cultural and historical sites with guidance from tribal experts
- Purchase of books and materials that directly support implementation of IEFA
- Book study groups/ literature circles emphasizing evaluation criteria
- Planning time for development of Indian Education for All implementation
- Planning time for familiarization with resources, including OPI website
- Committee work on Indian Education for All curriculum and professional development
- Registration and travel costs for conferences or stipends for professional development
Assess, Plan and Schedule Professional Development – ASSESS professional development needs using a simple survey. Administrators (e.g. superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, IEFA coaches, teacher leaders) may request this 15 minute survey for a group, district, school building or professional learning community.
A Process Guide for Realizing Indian Education for All: Lessons Learned from Lewis & Clark Elementary School – This guide presents insights gained from a two-year process of implementing Indian Education for All into an urban elementary school. Topics covered include: Integrating Indian Education as a form of place-based multicultural education, securing school-based commitment and teamwork, partnering with Indian People, intercultural communication – essence of Indian/non-Indian partnerships and supporting teachers to cross over the tipping point.
OPI Indian Education staff provides Indian Education for All professional development for educators, school administrators, school boards and community groups. Trainings are offered both online and onsite at schools, district PIR days, and conferences at no charge.
Take these steps to provide professional development for your group.
- ASSESS professional development needs using a simple survey. Administrators (e.g. superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, IEFA coaches, teacher leaders) may request this 15 minute survey for a group, district, school building or professional learning community. Click here to request the survey. (Jfranke@mt.gov )
- PLAN for professional development by using survey results to select the IEFA professional development module that best meets those needs.
- SCHEDULE a visit from OPI Indian Education Staff, link to an online presentation, or contact Indian Education for other resources..