The WCC, serving the states of Arizona, Nevada and Utah, is one of five centers that have been awarded additional funds to assist state departments of education in addressing needs of American Indian students. Working with its Indian Education Advisory Board members, the WCC identified regional needs and goals which include preserving native language, history and culture; increasing access to effective teachers and leaders; and improving outcomes in low-performing schools with significant numbers of Indian students.
Regional Cross-Comprehensive Center Collaborative Activities
The five comprehensive centers hold regular joint sessions with state department Indian Education Directors and Indian Education Advisory Board members. These convenings are designed to promote communication and collaboration across the Western states to identify effective evidence-based practices and address issues in common. These regional centers are facilitating and supporting the establishment of a national network of Indian Education Directors, a need identified by the directors to establish ongoing communication and collaboration opportunities
WCC Regional Focus on School Turnaround
The WCC has assisted state departments of education in supporting districts and schools in need of improvement in Indian country. Several districts have participated in the WCC sponsored turnaround leadership development and support program. The intention is to address the unique needs of districts and schools with significant numbers of American Indian students.
WCC Regional Focus on Language and Culture
The WCC has assisted state departments in expanding support for school counselors and others serving American Indian students to improve student engagement and academic development, and increase postsecondary access and success through the lense of native language, culture and heritage.
The WCC also developed An Ecology of Support for Indigenous Learners’ Success. This project explored teaching and learning practices and beliefs with a cohort of American Indian practicing teachers earning their Master’s degrees and Native language certifications with the intent to disseminate optimal strategies for teaching, learning and assessment in indigenous communities.
State Specific Work
The WCC also provides state specific assistance to state departments of education in response to state requests and identified needs.
- American Indian/Alaska Native Adolescent Suicide: Risk Factors, Protective Factors, and Prevention Opportunities in Education Settings (PDF)
- Promising Education Interventions to Improve the Achievement of Native American Students (PDF)
- Culture and Language Revitalization for Native American Students (PDF)
- Dropout Prevention Strategies for Native American Students(PDF)
- Indian Education in AZ, NV, UT – A Review of State and National Law, Board Rules, and Policy Decisions (PDF)
- Articles: Achievements, Closing Achievement Gap & School Improvement
- Articles: Culture & Language Preservation
- Articles: Early Childhood Education
- Achievement Gap Patterns of Grade 8 American Indian and Alaska Native Students in Reading and Mathematics
- Examining American Indian Perspectives in the Central Region on Parent Involvement in Children’s Education
- Executive Order — Establishing the White House Council on Native American Affairs
- New State of Indian Country Arizona
- Partnerships Between Tribal Education Departments and Local Education Agencies
- State of Education for Native Students (EdTrust) (PDF)
- White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education
- Additional Publications