Indigenous Roots Teacher Education Program (ROOTS)
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Education and Human Sciences and its consortium partners Little Priest Tribal College and the Nebraska Department of Education have been awarded a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education. The Indigenous Roots Teacher Education Program (ROOTS) prepares American Indian paraprofessionals to become certified elementary education and bilingual teachers employed in Nebraska's reservation schools. The ROOTS program directly addresses Absolute Priority One - Pre-service Training for Teachers - and Competitive Preference Priority One in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education, Professional Development grants.
ROOTS is a four-year program that builds on the success of two previous federally funded programs; The Native American Career Ladder program, funded in 1999 through the Office for English Language Acquisition and the 2005 Indigenous Roots Teacher Education Program. As a result of these two federal grants 30 students have graduated and are working in educational settings throughout Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa.