Our program focuses on critical areas for education: School Improvement, Curriculum Mapping, Technical Assistance, Culture Conferences, and other areas of technical assistance based on the traditional Navajo philosophy.
Due to many schools, whether they are public, BIA funded or grant/contract schools, being faced with the NCLB school improvement, Corrective Action and Restructuring status, the Institute can provide technical assistance in evaluating current instructional and organizational programs within individual school organizations and providing professional recommendations in how schools can begin to meet Adequate Yearly Progress. Through this analysis, the Institute can assist in developing the following mandated state and federal plans:
The Institute will provide services to evaluate current program curriculums within schools and give expert recommendations to develop, restructure, realign and articulate curriculums to mandated state and federal regulations, based on the NCLB Act of 1991. Most importantly, the Institute will integrate the curriculums by incorporating the traditional Native American teachings and principles to current pedagogies of teaching in the 21st Century, USING THE CORNSTALK PHILOSOPHY. Along with the curriculum development and alignment, the Institute will assist in realigning current local school assessments and rubrics to specifically target individual student needs in their mental, emotional, social and physical developmental areas.
The Institute staff are available for long term school-wide evaluation of instructional and organizational effectiveness of individual schools, whether they be public, private or BIE. Our staff has expertise in implementing a schoolwide model in making determinations of school limitations and strengths, thus making recommendations for realistic Action Plans that can be reviewed on a consistent basis throughout the school year. Our staff uses the following steps in providing this technical assistance:
The Institute has been providing conferences in different locations throughout the Navajo reservation on how the native cultures can be integrated in the school curriculum as well as in the work place for administrators, school board members, teachers and paraprofessionals. Some of the conferences we sponsored are:
Other Areas of Technical assistance, all based on the traditional Navajo Philosophy: