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NAU hosts inaugural First Generation Southwest Symposium (Sept. 27-28)

| September 19, 2018
NAU hosts inaugural First Generation Southwest Symposium (Sept. 27-28)

People interested in mentoring and supporting first-generation college students can learn the best ways to help at the First Generation Southwest Symposium Sept. 27-28 at the DuBois Center at Northern Arizona University. Attendees will hear from first-generation students, discuss their own experiences and insights and help find creative solutions to challenges these students face.

Presentations will include information on the transition to college, working on non-cognitive skills, engaging with students beyond the classroom, finding mentors and other skills that will help first generation students succeed.

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Navajo language and culture to be explored in Sesame Street based show. See more education news here

| September 12, 2018
Navajo language and culture to be explored in Sesame Street based show. See more education news here

here are now over 20 versions of Sesame Street around the world, with puppets that teach children native languages such as “Takalani Sesame” in South Africa, “Ulica Sezamkowa” in Poland and “Iftah Ya Simsin” in Kuwait.

Dr. Shawna Begay and Charmaine Jackson of Naalkid Productions hope that The Navajo Movie Time (Diné Bí Ná’álkid Time) will be the Navajo equivalent to the famed PBS show that has been educating toddlers for years.

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Northern Arizona University students head back to school. See more education news here

| August 29, 2018
Northern Arizona University students head back to school. See more education news here

More than 22,600 students descended upon the Northern Arizona University Campus on Monday for the first day of the 2018-19 school year.

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Nation supports funding for expansion of NAU’s Native American Cultural Center. See more education news here

| August 29, 2018
Nation supports funding for expansion of NAU’s Native American Cultural Center. See more education news here

On Aug. 16, the Naabik’iyátí’ Committee issued a “do pass” recommendation for legislation approving a grant in the amount of $3 million for Northern Arizona University (NAU) to expand its Native American Cultural Center.

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One year in, NAU Teachers Academy educating students where they work and live

| August 1, 2018
One year in, NAU Teachers Academy educating students where they work and live

When the school year began in 2017, more than 2,000 teacher positions in the state of Arizona were unfilled. By December, a few hundred more teachers had tendered their resignations.

It’s too soon for the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association, which released the 2017 data, to have numbers for this year, but educators suspect the shortage will be just as severe. …

To help combat this shortage, each of the three Arizona institutions of higher education began a Teachers Academy at the request of Gov. Doug Ducey. The mission of the Teachers Academy was clear: produce more qualified teachers who are prepared for the challenges of teaching in the 21st century and do so without teachers graduating from college with a lot of debt. What the program looked like, however, was up to each institution.

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NAU team receives $2.6 million grant to train, mentor Native American students in STEM disciplines

| July 4, 2018
NAU team receives $2.6 million grant to train, mentor Native American students in STEM disciplines

Native Americans have the lowest rate of university enrollment and graduation rates of any group in the United States—and in STEM fields, they represent only 0.5 percent of students nationwide. Another major hurdle for Native American populations is health-related. Those living on tribal lands experience a disproportionate rate of environmentally-associated health issues such as cancer, stroke, obesity and diabetes.

A team of Northern Arizona University researchers, led by co-principal investigators Cathy Propper and Leslie Schulz, were recently awarded $2.6 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a new program that will address both of these pressing issues while providing Native American students with unique opportunities to work with world-class researchers.

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Honoring our communities: Ninth Annual American Indian/Indigenous Teacher Education Conference

| June 20, 2018
Honoring our communities: Ninth Annual American Indian/Indigenous Teacher Education Conference

The College of Education at Northern Arizona University is hosting the 9th Annual American Indian/Indigenous Teacher Education Conference (AIITEC) June 21-23. The conference invites community members and educators of all levels to participate in activities designed to better the lives and education of Indigenous children by creating a deeper understanding of how teachers can connect with these students, their families and their cultures. Joseph Martin, associate professor of educational leadership, and W. Sakiestewa Gilbert, professor of educational specialties, are conference co-chairs.

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FALA finances stabilized; new focus on improving C grade. See more education news here

| June 20, 2018
FALA finances stabilized; new focus on improving C grade. See more education news here

Eli Cohen, the new executive director at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, is hoping for a bigger, bolder future for the school.

“I think we’ve been kind of treading water for a few years and now we’re finally able to plan for the future,” he said. “It doesn’t have to happen all in one year. We’ve got a strategic plan for one, three and five years into the future.”

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Libraries: Places for Exploration, Enjoyment. See more education stories here

| May 22, 2018
Libraries: Places for Exploration, Enjoyment. See more education stories here

The modern library is much more than bricks and mortar. Libraries are places where people meet, share ideas, engage in discussions, learn new skills, apply for employment, find resources and access the internet.

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Flagstaff High, Sinagua Middle, NPA get new state letter grades. See more education stories here

| May 16, 2018
Flagstaff High, Sinagua Middle, NPA get new state letter grades. See more education stories here

The letter grades of two Flagstaff Unified School District schools improved with the recent release of revised grades by the Arizona State Board of Education.

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