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Teach in Native Schools

Empowering Students, Empowering Communities

As part of our commitment to improve educational opportunities for Native students, NIEA is invested in ensuring that schools, especially those with high Native student populations, find highly qualified educators. We believe that an integral part of fulfilling this commitment includes growing our Native teaching force to serve Native students.

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WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY

Joining a Native-majority school can be both professionally and personally rewarding. In addition to preparing students for academic success, teachers promote our core values of respect, compassion, and community. While each school sets their own salary and benefits package, schools may offer a combination of the following benefits. Make sure to ask about hiring bonuses and relocation stipends.

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Retirement savings plans
  • Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account to give you flexibility and discretion over healthcare spending
  • Vacation, sick, and personal leave
  • Long-Term Care Insurance to help pay for costs of care when you need help
  • Student loan forgiveness
  • Assistance to earn National Board Certification

HOW TO APPLY

If this describes you, review open positions here. Each job listing will describe specific steps to apply for open roles. Most hiring processes include:

 

  • Submitting an application. Please pay careful attention to the school’s requirements as application directions and documentation requirements can vary by school.
  • Screening. Your application and materials will be reviewed for minimum requirements and fit for the role. If you are considered a good fit for the position, a member of that school’s human resources department will contact you to schedule an interview.
  • Interview. While the hiring process may differ slightly by school, at this stage in the application process a member of the human resources team will reach out to you for a phone and/or in-person interview. Be prepared to answer questions about your experience and talk about your motivation for working in that school’s community.
  • Written offer. You’ll receive a written offer letter from the school. This offer is contingent on a successful background check.
  • Start at your new school. You’ll receive a start date.
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About this Partnership

We believe that education is critical to empowering Native communities. NIEA is proud to partner with TNTP, a national education non-profit organization, to help the schools that serve Native students find the great teachers they need. Through this site, we are continuing to build a diverse network of educators and advocates to support Native education. Schools representing hundreds of tribal communities will post employment opportunities available across the United States. This online job board represents a step towards our mission of strengthening the sovereignty of tribal nations and ensuring Native students are taught by culturally responsive teachers. Learn more about TNTP

 

Neither NIEA or TNTP endorse any schools or positions. Job seekers are encouraged to contact schools directly with questions about open positions.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Ready to make a difference in the lives of Native students?

All Native students deserve an education that equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in the classroom and beyond. Today, approximately 644,000 Native students—representing more than 567 sovereign nations—attend a K-12 school, yet only a small fraction of these students are taught by a Native educator.

 

Education protects our most precious resource—our youth, those who will carry on our culture, language, and traditions. By highlighting teaching positions at Native-majority schools, we hope to increase the number of qualified Native teachers committed to helping students thrive in school and become leaders in their communities.

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Teaching in Native Schools

Native-majority schools are looking for Native teachers with:

  • Commitment: Culturally-responsive teachers who are able to embed culture in academic instruction–preparing students to graduate ready for college, career, and community success.
  • Adaptability: Teachers with a nuanced understanding of the challenges Native students face, who are sensitive to the unique cultures of individual tribes, comfortable with productive struggle, and responsive to cultural differences while upholding the belief that all children can learn.
  • Instructional Expertise: Teachers who know their subjects inside and out; who understand the importance of instructional planning, using a challenging curriculum to empower students to learn; and who never stop learning and improving themselves.
  • Respect for Sovereignty, Identity, and Self-Determination: Teachers focused on shaping future leaders, honoring tribal languages and traditions, and protecting our cultural identity.
  • Qualifications in High-Demand Areas: Teachers with middle and high school, SPED, STEM, and language and culture certification.
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CONTACT

Thanks for your interest in NIEA’s teacher recruitment efforts. If you have questions about our work, the job board, or you work for a school that wants to add jobs to the site, please use the email forms below. This form goes straight to NIEA staff who will get back to you promptly.




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