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Future Native Teachers Initiative

Oct. 23-25: WSU to host future Native American teachers


PULLMAN, Wash. – A 2008 report shows that K-12 Native American students perform better when they have native teachers, yet Native Americans are only one percent of Washington’s teachers. To provide more, Washington State University will host the Future Native Teachers Initiative (FNTI) October 23-25.

The event will provide Native American students with a series of activities to help them consider teaching as a career, partly in response to the 2008 Native Achievement Report, “From Where the Sun Rises.”

“I think representation is a really important factor,” said renée holt, who is leading the Titooqan Cuukweneewit project, with whom the students are enrolled.

The Titooqan Cuukeweneewit project stems from a grant received this last year.

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The “coheart” of students for this FNTI will have the chance to share who they are, as well as some of the scholarly work they’ve done.

The FNTI is an annual, rotating workshop organized by statewide education and tribal groups who advocate for more culturally- and linguistically-diverse teachers.


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