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How a Montana Tribe Is Growing Its Own Teachers


Rural districts often struggle to find and retain teachers. This can be even more difficult for tribal schools, which have some of the lowest test scores in the nation and enroll students who come from generations of poverty.

These challenges were detailed recently by a story in Slate about schools on Montana's Blackfeet reservation. The tribe has recently ramped up initiatives to train and employ more Native teachers in the hopes of hiring teachers who can better understand the lives of Native students and who are more likely to continue teaching in the community.


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