Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education Meets at OSDE

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education met Nov. 18 at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) in Oklahoma City.

OSDE director of American Indian Education Dwight Pickering reported on test results among Oklahoma Native American students during the 2014-15 Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) and the latest results of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). In the latter assessment, Oklahoma Native American students performed higher than their peers nationwide. In addition, this subgroup, with a graduation rate of 82.4 percent, significantly outperforms its counterparts nationally and slightly exceeds the national average graduation rate of 82.3 percent.

Melissa Michie, coordinator of teacher connection for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, presented a PowerPoint on recruiting minority teachers to help with the teacher shortage, and board member Lucyann Harjo, who represents the Oklahoma Council for Indian Education (OCIE), reported on upcoming events. She mentioned the OCIE’s annual conference, held Dec. 1-2 at the Artesian Hotel and Conference Center in Sulphur; the OCIE’s annual legislative summit scheduled for April 22, 2016; and the Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society awards, which will open in March of next year. Since 1990, the honor society has recognized more than 12,000 Native American high school and college students with a 3.9 grade point average.

The council also elected a slate of new officers for 2016: Chair Lucyann Harjo from Norman Public Schools, Vice-Chair Jim Parrish from the Choctaw Nation, Secretary Matt Higdon from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Recording Secretary Jacob Tsotigh from the South Central Comprehensive Center at the University of Oklahoma.

Quarterly meetings for 2016 were scheduled for Feb. 10 at the OSDE, April 13 at the Oklahoma Education Association in Oklahoma City, July 6 in Oklahoma City and Oct. 12 at Anadarko Public Schools.

The Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education will give its annual recommendations and report to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister and the State Board of Education at the board’s Dec. 17 meeting.



Last updated on December 16, 2015