September 16, 2012

New Program in Arizona Will Certify Indigenous Language Experts as Teachers


New program will certify language experts as teachers
By Cindy Yurth
September 6, 2012

The Arizona State Board of Education last week approved a policy to allow tribes to certify speakers of their own languages to teach in public and BIE-funded schools.

Although the Navajo Nation is fortunate to have many credentialed teachers in Navajo language and culture programs, the new policy is welcome news, said Navajo Superintendent of Schools Andrew M. Tah.

"We have lots of elders around who have a lot of knowledge," Tah said. "They could be an asset to the schools."

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