Teacher Program Gets Kellogg SupportMay 15th, 1998 | By tcj | Category: 9-4: Pre- K-12 Education, Tribal College News
The Diné Teacher Education Program was recently awarded a four year grant $855,700 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich. The money will help support the new teacher preparation program partnership between Diné College and Arizona State University. The program’s mission is to develop Navajo teachers who can teach bilingually and biculturally. It is designed to help program graduates reinforce the cultural identities of Navajo students, structure meaningful engagement of parents and community members, and integrate Navajo and English language and literacy across all aspects of the classroom. “Our nation and college have needed this program for some time,” says Benjamin Barney, director of the program. “Our schools need teachers who know Navajo children, speak their language, know the local culture, and participate actively in community functions.”
In addition to Kellogg funding, the Diné Teacher Education Program is supported by the Navajo Nation, the National Science Foundation, and the Philip Morris Foundation. The Navajo Nation also supports students with scholarship funds.