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Strengthening the Teacher of Color Pipeline in Tribal Communities
This event was held on November 6, 2020
Virtual Grantmakers for Education Conference Session co-hosted by ECFC and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Place-based culturally responsive programming is vital to improving the education and health trajectories of young children and their families. In order to prepare our early learning and educational systems to respond to the changing needs of young learners, we must build a diverse pipeline of teachers who represent the culture and history of our learners.
This session featured the innovative work of the American Indian College Fund’s Early Childhood Education initiative funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and built on the principle that Native communities are the best educators of their earliest learners, and exploring key domains that guide the College Fund’s work: Teacher Quality; Intergenerational Family Engagement; and Native Language and Culture.
Early Childhood Education leaders from two Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) joined us to demonstrate the comprehensive, successful, and community-based systems of early learning they’ve developed with their respective Tribal nation communities through the College Fund’s ECE Initiative.
Lessons from this work hold important considerations for helping culture and linguistic heritage thrive, and embedding cultural and racial equity into internal and external practices.
The session explored:
- How integrating Native language and culture contribute to successful pathways from Pre-K to K-3 and beyond.
- Lessons and challenges in strengthening the pipeline of teachers of color, and how partners such as minority serving higher education institutions can support development of a culturally-matched workforce for our youngest learners.
- The role of funders in supporting and lifting up teacher education and preparation models that promote racial equity and culture an essential component.