Will Hiring More Native American Teachers Improve Tribal Schools?
Some districts in Montana that serve Native American students are attempting to increase the percentage of Native teachers in the hopes that those teachers will have a positive impact on achievement, according to a story by Slate.
Although the percentage of Native teachers in Montana has only increased by 0.4 percentage points since the 1995-96 school year, several districts have seen a sharp rise. The Hays-Lodge Pole school district in northern Montana has increased its percentage of American Indian teachers from 38 percent in 1997 to 78 percent this year. Nearly 100 percent of the district's students are American Indian, compared to nearly 12 percent statewide.