Office of Indian Education

Idaho Indian Education Summit

The Idaho Indian Education Committee cordially invites you to join colleagues from around the state to discuss and understand best practices in education.

The focus of the summit is to help educators identify and understand culturally responsive pedagogies and Indigenous knowledge in the classroom to promote equity in education. The summit will be held June 10-11, 2015 in Boise, Idaho at the Red Lion Downtowner. We will be offering over 20 sessions on climate, culture, curriculum, and community. Dr. Margaret Kovach, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan and author of “Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts” will be the keynote speaker. We urge early childhood educators and practitioners to register for the three-hour early literacy workshop on June 10. Each participant will receive three free Idaho STARS child care provider credits and an assortment of materials. We look forward to seeing you at the summit.

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Vision: To advance an innovative and flexible comprehensive state education system for Idaho’s American Indian student population from kindergarten through post-secondary education that focuses on results, inspires all students, and prepares them to be successful in meeting today's challenges and tomorrow's opportunities.

Mission: The Idaho State Department Office of Indian Education works in collaboration with Idaho’s tribes and educational stakeholders to create the conditions for equitable access and academic success for American Indian students. Maintaining and sustaining the unique status of American Indians, preserving cultural identity, and raising cultural awareness are the foundations of our work.


  • Increase transparency and understanding among the State Department of Education (SDE), Local Education Agencies (LEA), and Tribal Education Agencies (TEA) of local, state, and federal policies, procedures, and financial regulations for American Indian education in an effort to maximize resources.
  • Focus on efforts to assist in removing barriers for the access and success of education for the American Indian population within the state of Idaho.
  • Expand the exposure of research-based best practices in teacher preparation and professional development that support American Indian students and thereby fostering the success of all students.
  • Continue activities that strengthen the reciprocal relationships and advance the dialogue among the offices of the SDE, American Indian Tribes, State Board of Education, and colleges and universities.
  • Provide timely and relevant information on American Indian education through technical assistance, guidance, and support to Idaho's educators, schools, districts, students, parents, business leaders, and the community, with a focus on continuous improvement.

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