National Caucus of American Indian/Alaska Native School Board Members

Native Caucus

The National School Boards Association’s Board of Directors established the National Caucus of American Indian/Alaska Native of School Board Members to serve as a leader and advocate on issues of achievement for American Indian and Alaska Native children. Members of the Caucus represent many of the largest and most populated urban school districts, together with some of the most expansive and rural school districts in the nation. They are called upon to work to promote equal educational opportunities for American Indian/ Alaska Native students—monitor the developmental and academic achievement of American Indian and Alaska Native children—and address the concerns, unique challenges and opportunities faced by school board members working with these issues throughout the country.

MISSION

The National Caucus of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) School Board Members serves in an advisory capacity to the National School Boards Association (NSBA) in matters affecting NSBA policy and program issues and serves to foster an organizational culture based on sound education, research-based, and curriculum, assessment and evaluation principles.

PRIMARY PURPOSE

Promote quality education for all students with emphasis on the problems and successes of the American Indian/Alaska Native student.

The National Caucus of American Indian/Alaska Native School Board Members (NCAIAN) strives to:

  • Promote quality education for all students with emphasis on the problems and successes of the American Indian/Alaska Native student;
  • Improve collaboration among all American Indian/Alaska Native school board members, their communities, fellow board members, political leaders, state school board associations, tribal education committees, and the National School Boards Association;
  • To assist American Indian/Alaska Native school board members to be more effective by supporting the local chapter of the Caucus;
  • Promote county, school district, LEA/REA, state and national legislation to improve the educational opportunities and programs for American Indian/Alaska Native students in public, tribal and contract/grant/charter schools, or the federal government (i.e., Bureau of Indian Affairs); and

Promote representation and participation of American Indian/Alaska Native school board members within the National School Boards Association and its governance.


 


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