Education Fields of Study


PITAAS (Preparing Indigenous Teachers & Administrators for Alaska Schools)

This program is open statewide to ALL Alaska Native students living in Alaska.

If students are Freshmen and Sophomore level and enrolled at UAS:

  • They are not yet able to apply for the program, but are still eligible for full tuition scholarships for classes related to Alaska Native language, history and culture (up to 8 credits total in both years).
  • They do not need to have declared a major in the education field yet.

If they are Junior level or higher and have declared a major in the education field through UAS:

  • They can apply to formally enter the PITAAS program
  • All tuition, fees and books are fully covered by the PITAAS scholarship once enrolled in the program

Attached are applications for both opportunities which include additional information/requirements.

PITAAS app FY19-20.pdf

Tuition Scholarship Application.pdf

www.uas.alaska.edu/education/start.html

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has launched Native Knowledge 360°, a national education initiative to promote improved teaching and learning about American Indians. To support this work, NMAI is looking for dynamic educators for the Teacher-in-Residence (TIR) Program.

The TIR will be in Washington, DC for eight weeks between the months of June and August. All applications are due by Friday, April 5, 2019.

Please check the CoP Calendar for more details.

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Wendy Douglas-Nathai | NYCP-STEP CoP Events | Email: wendy.douglas-nathai@tmgi.net

Scholarship Opportunity for Native Graduate Students in the Northwest

Education Northwest is dedicated to expanding opportunities for Native scholars to become education leaders.

They are now accepting applications for the Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship, which serves Native graduate students in the Northwest who are pursuing degrees related to education policy, leadership, technical assistance, or research.

Deadline is March 31, 2019. 

Click HERE for more information or to apply.

Shifting away from the assimilation model: Exploring methods for successful indigenous education

12/7/2018
4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7

Reynolds Classroom

Join X̱’unei Lance Twitchell, Associate Professor of Alaska Native Languages, UAS, and Charlene Stern, Assistant Professor, Department Co-Chair, Native Student Union Faculty Advisor, Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development, UAF for a workshop that proposes new models for education. Designed for educators and administrators from K-12 and higher education and educators in informal educational settings. Space is limited; registration recommended. Included with admission.

Go to the below link to purchase tickets.

https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/visit/calendar/details/?id=50225

Dear Alaska Educator,

Claremont Graduate University (CGU) has a partnership with the US Department of Education that will allow us to provide full tuition, living stipends, and a year of post-program mentorship to Native Americans who want to earn a master’s degree in education and a California teaching credential (which can also be used to teach in other states).

To learn more about the Claremont Native American Fellowship, visit the CNA Fellowship web page, and learn more by reading the FAQs .

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Want to become a teacher? Incoming UA undergraduate students can apply for the President’s Teach for Alaska Scholarship between March 12 – May 1, 2018 for a chance to receive $12,000 toward the pursuit of a teaching degree at the University of Alaska. Learn more at http://alaska.edu/learntoteach/

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Supporting Native Graduate Students in Education

Education Northwest (ENW) has had the honor of working with many Native educators, students, families, and community members throughout their 51-year history. These partnerships reflect a core value of their organization—the desire to address inequities within our education system and to ensure that all children and youth have the opportunity to reach their full potential. ENW believes that healthy Native communities are essential to the health and well-being of our region, and remain committed to this effort.

The Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship Program is part of this commitment. This scholarship program strives to increase Native representation in the field of education by providing financial support, mentoring, and internships for Native students in the Northwest who are pursuing a master’s degree in education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or a closely related field. We view this program as an opportunity to create long-term partnerships that will improve our ability to meet the needs of Native communities.

ENW’s former colleague, Steve Nelson, dedicated his career to working with tribes, communities, and schools to improve American Indian students’ success in academics and in life. This program honors his work by providing selected students with as many as three years of annually renewable scholarships. Awardees will receive a maximum of $5,000 each year, and we will award as many as five scholarships per year—one for a resident of each state in our primary service region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals need to:

  • Reside in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington.
  • Be a member or descendent of a federally recognized, state recognized, or terminated American Indian tribe; or Alaska Native village, council, or corporation; or Native Hawaiian; or identify as a Pacific Islander from a U.S.-affiliated Pacific Island jurisdiction (specifically, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, or Palau).
  • Be accepted to or enrolled in a master’s program in an accredited, public or private, nonprofit institution of higher education in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington and maintain a course load that ensures graduate degree completion within three years.
  • Pursue a field of study in education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or a closely related field.
  • Have graduated from a four-year, regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Complete an essay that answers the questions:
    • Why am I pursuing a master’s degree in the field of education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or closely related field?
    • What are my post-graduation goals?
    • How have I and will I contribute to strengthening my own community and/or rural or Native communities as a whole?
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (excluding letters from immediate family members), with at least one from a community member who can attest to the candidate’s Native heritage and his/her commitment to the designated course of study and to serving rural and/or Native communities after attainment of the master’s degree.
  • Begin school as a full- or part-time student no later than the fall semester immediately following the award.

Click HERE for more information or to apply.

A scholarship has been created to build a team of educators trained in Alaska to grow Alaska’s youth and ultimate workforce! The Scholarship prize is a $12,000 UA Presidential Scholarship to any of UA’s campuses.
Below are the scholarship requirements:
To be qualify for this scholarship, the recipient must: 
a.) Be a U.S. citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States
b.) Be currently enrolled in, or have received a diploma from, a qualified Alaska high school
c.) Plan to pursue a career as a teacher in Alaska
d.) Join the Change Force and register for the scholarship at DriveChangeAK.org

To get started, please prepare and submit the following: 
•   Two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors or mentors
•   Explain – via two formats – why you want to become a teacher in Alaska.

As a response is prepared, please consider one or more of the following to address in the video application and written statement:
1. What are the qualities you believe every teacher should possess?
2. As a teacher, how do you think you would inspire others or change lives?
3. As a teacher, how would you empower others to drive change in our state?

•   The written statement can be no more than 140 characters and must answer one or more of the questions listed above.
•   A video no longer than two minutes in length, housed on a separate Vimeo or YouTube site. Please provide a link to that video within the form you’re about to complete. This video should also answer one or more answers to the questions listed above.

The Scholarship prize is a $12,000 UA Presidential Scholarship to any of UA’s campuses.

The scholarship opportunity will be open for entries February 3 through April 3, 2017.

Click HERE to apply.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

  • Up to $7500
  • Must be planning a career in science, mathematics, or engineering
  • GPA 3.0, top fourth of class
  • Deadline: January 13th
  • For application and more information, visit http://www.uaf.edu/goldwater/

The Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP) at the University of Arizona College of Education is seeking Indigenous preservice teachers committed to Indigenous education. Students accepted into the program will receive loan-for-service aid for tuition, stipend and technology; participate in the American Indian Language Development Institute, and work in schools serving Indigenous students.

Application Timeline:

• Pre-Application Advising: Oct. 28 – Dec. 21, 2017
• Application Submission: Jan. 10 – Feb. 10, 2017
• Start date of ITEP: June 5, 2017

Accepted students must have earned an Associate’s degree and AGEC-A with UA Elementary Education Program Prerequisites by: August 21, 2017.

For information: Sara Knepper, ITEP Academic Advisor
sme@email.arizona.edu | (520) 621-7865

https://www.coe.arizona.edu/itep

The PITAAS Program, University of Alaska Southeast: Alaska Needs More Alaska Native Teachers

In this video short, Tlingit teacher Joshua Jackson talks about why he became a teacher and how the Native scholarship program, PITAAS, at the University of Alaska Southeast, helped him achieve his career dreams. PITAAS helped financially and gave him a safety net, or support group of people around him, while in college. Apply: www.uas.alaska.edu/pitaas

In Alaska schools, Alaska Natives make up 25% of the student body and less than 5% of the teaching force.  PITAAS–which stands for Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools–is a scholarship program with many services designed to meet its goals: more Alaska Native teachers and administrators in Alaskan schools.

Eligible students are Alaska Native students with junior or senior standing enrolled in undergraduate Teacher Preparation Programs, post graduate Teacher Certification Programs, and Graduate Certificates, Endorsements and Master of Education (M.Ed.) Programs.

The PITAAS Program can help you earn your education degree at the University of Alaska Southeast!

Seniors graduating in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District,

If you plan on attending UAF or UAF CTC and are interested in careers in technology, education or health care, this is the scholarship for them!   It is a 1 page application, a transcript and a interview (done at school).    Super easy!   $1000!    It’s the JOHN KELLY SCHOLARSHIP.

http://www.k12northstar.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=5158

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Attend an accredited Teacher Training in Denali!

Financial support is available to teachers wishing to attend some of Alaska Geographic’s fantastic field-based courses taking place in Denali National Park and Preserve.

Professional development credit is available through the University of Alaska.

Click here to learn more and access the application: http://bit.ly/1Nyjh0z

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Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation  will award up to $7500/year to undergraduate science and mathematics students for their last one to two years of undergraduate study.  There are awards in two categories: two-year scholarships to those who will be juniors, and one-year scholarships to those who will be seniors.

Applicants must be planning a career in science or mathematics, have at least a B average, and be a US citizen, resident alien, or US national.   The application process has two steps.   First, there will be an internal review process, after which up to 4 students will be officially nominated for the scholarship.  Second, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation will select approximately 300 applicants nationwide.  The UAF faculty representative is responsible for nominating students and mailing in the supporting documents, so applicants should stay in contact with the faculty representative throughout the application process.

Click here for more information.

PITAAS Program

Preparing Indigenous Teachers & Administrators for Alaska Schools

The Challenge: Alaska needs more Alaska Native teachers

  • In Alaska schools, Alaska Natives make up 25% of the student body and less than 5% of the teaching force.
  • In 2000, the University of Alaska Southeast created the PITAAS Program with the help of a federal grant to address this shortage of Alaska Native teachers.
  • The PITAAS Program has grown to include many services designed to meet its goals: more Alaska Native teachers and administrators in Alaskan schools, preschool through high school.

The PITAAS Program can help you earn your teaching degree at the University of Alaska Southeast!

Students who are accepted to the program receive a scholarship that generally covers tuition, fees,books, and room and board at UAS for the entire program period (contingent upon continued grant funding). Students must be enrolled in an education degree program at UAS, have a minimum 2.5 GPA upon entry and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in order to continue receiving this scholarship.* The average annual award for full-time students in 2011-2012 school year was $7,500.

In order to receive a PITAAS scholarship, students must have college junior status and be admitted to one of the following degree programs at UAS:

http://www.uas.alaska.edu/education/start.html

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