The NMPED Northwest Indian Education Bureau functions to ensure the implementation of the provisions in the New Mexico Indian Education Act. The Bureau:
The Indian Education Division in collaboration with the 23 Districts work to meet this IEA statute of reporting to NM tribes regarding the education of Native children. The statewide report is due by November 15th of each year and distributed at the NM Government to Government meetings. School districts located on tribal lands are also required to report to the tribes with a district wide report. The brief reports include 12 indicators, listed below:
Link to NM Statewide TESR reports: http://www.ped.state.nm.us/indian.ed/Resources.html
- Student achievement
- Graduation rate
- Parent/community involvement
- Education programs targeting American Indian students
- Financial Reports
- Current status of federal Indian policies and procedures
- Public school use of variable calendars
- School district plans to decrease the number of dropouts and increase attendance
- School District consultation with district Indian Education Committees, School-site Parent
Advisory Councils and Tribal, Municipal and Indian Organizations
- Indigenous Research and evaluation and results for effective curricula for tribal students
INDIGENOUS EDUCATION EVALUATION MODEL (IEEM)
Over many centuries, human beings have been creating knowledge and strategies enabling them to survive in a balanced relation with their natural and social environment. The Indian Education Division in collaboration with the New Mexico Indian Education Advisory Council (NMIEAC) are working to create an evaluation model that will inform New Mexico of best practices and progress made in implementing culture based education for tribal students. Using western and indigenous methodology and evaluations the model will build upon the rich cultural vitality of American Indian students to measure cultural competencies. Indigenous knowledge, also referred to as "traditional" or "local" knowledge, which are embedded in the communities and are unique to a given culture, location or society.
DEFINING LEVELS OF CULTURE FOR NEW MEXICO
NM Public Education Department Indian Education Division supports cooperation between holders of traditional knowledge in communities and formal educators of academics to explore the relationship between different knowledge systems, and to foster inter-linkages of mutual benefit that can help define the levels of culture that impact the academic education systems and their learners. Study of grantees implementing a culture base education curricula will serve as qualitative data for defining New Mexico Culture Base Education.
FAMILY-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS FOR URBAN STUDENTS
The Indian Education Division is coordinating the development of Family Community Partnerships in three New Mexico urban areas (Albuquerque, Bernalillo and Gallup). The center's purpose is to promote parent and community involvement to increase student services by integrating academic achievement and cultural identity for urban American Indian students attending schools within identified urban public schools K-12.
HIGH SCHOOL TO HIGHER EDUCATION TRANSITION
The Indian Education Division funds a two year grant to New Mexico State University to implement a best practice guidance program for American Indian students transitioning from high school to higher education institutions through partnerships with communities and schools. The purpose is to increase access for American Indian high school students who qualify to enter college/university upon graduation from high school through alignment of high school graduation requirements with college placement requirements.
TEACH FOR AMERICA
The Indian Education Division funds Teach for America (TFA) to implement a culturally responsive teacher placement and support program to ensure that highly effective, qualified teachers are placed in New Mexico schools with a majority of American Indian students. The focus of the TFA is to improve collaborations with tribes and schools, market to and recruit from NM tribes and provide a system of support for teachers.