Serve as an ambassador for Indian Education providing guidance and leadership to the Native American tribes recognized as sovereign nations. Services include technical assistance information and appropriate professional development, as well as, collaborative efforts to bridge the gap between the state, tribal nations and schools. Provide educators with continued access to culturally appropriate resource/information and in-service that reflects teaching strategies and learning styles which ensure full inclusion of the Native American child in a positive learning environment and furthers the educational opportunities of the Native American students enrolled in Oklahoma’s public schools.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education is in the process of developing certification for instructors of Native American Languages in Oklahoma public schools. A committee will be formed to review past certification in our state, investigate similar certification in other states, and work to develop the new certification standards in collaboration with Oklahoma’s Tribes. All interested parties wishing to be part of the committee may complete an application by October 17, 2012, to apply. Download an application form here. Contact either of the following people for additional information:
Director World Languages
|Dwight M. Pickering
Director of American Indian Education
The Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education was created by House Bill 2929 which became effective on July 1, 2010 and will continue until July 1, 2014. The Council shall make recommendations to the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of public instruction in the Education matters affecting the Education of Native American students in Oklahoma.
The Council is composed of an 18 member board which will make recommendation, evaluate, and make an annual report on the effectiveness of the public education system in meeting the needs of the Native American students in Oklahoma. The Council meets quarterly.
The complete list of appointees for the 18-member Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education is as follows:
All meetings begin at 10:00 a.m., unless noted otherwise.
For More Information Contact: Dwight M. Pickering, Director of American Indian Education Culture/Heritage, (405) 522-1591.