The U.S. Department of Education awarded 22 grants totaling more than $6 million to improve educational opportunities and achievement for American Indian children in 13 states including Kingfisher, Ok.
Kingfisher Public Schools was awarded $291,548. The grants also provide professional development for individuals of American Indian descent who serve in the education field.
“Reforming Native education has never been more important,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “To do what is best for Native students, we must collaborate with people who know the students and communities. These grants will help schools offer more opportunities for students and provide training and support to educators and others in the communities that are serving the students.”
The department awarded 12 grants totaling $3,329,938 under the Demonstration Grants for Indian Children program, a competitive discretionary grant program that supports projects to develop, test and demonstrate the effectiveness of services and programs to improve the educational opportunities and achievement of Indian children. This grant focuses on increasing the school readiness skills of three- and four-year-old Indian children to prepare them for successful entry into kindergarten. Program funds also are used to enable Indian high school students to transition successfully to postsecondary education by increasing their competency and skills in challenging subjects, including mathematics and science.
Under the Indian Education Professional Development program, 10 grants totaling $3,329,939 are being awarded to increase the number of qualified Indian individuals in professions that serve Indian people and to provide training to qualified Indian individuals to become teachers and administrators.
To strengthen K-12 education, the Obama administration is investing in courageous leadership at the local level and taking to scale best practices that are closing achievement gaps and raising the bar for all students. The administration also is undertaking initiatives to make college more affordable and costs more transparent, as part of a larger effort to achieve the President's national goal to once again lead the world in college completion by 2020.
More information on grants for Indian education is available at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/oie/index.html