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The mission of the Office of Indian Education is to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities to meet the unique cultural, language, and educational needs of such students; and ensure that all students meet the challenging State academic standards.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (page 246) amends the Indian education programs as Title VI, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.


  • The Office of Indian Education (OIE) seeks peer reviewers

  • Individuals must be available for a two-week period in mid- to late-August. Peer reviewers are compensated $175 for each discretionary grant application read, scored, and provided meaningful written comments. A mandatory peer reviewer training webinar will be provided.

    Serving as a peer reviewer is an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking to improve their own grant-writing skills. Individuals with experience working in American Indian and Alaska Native communities – particularly in the area of tribal education administration – are highly encouraged to submit a resume by July 5 to Angeline Boulley, Director, Office of Indian Education at Please direct any questions to Ms. Boulley via email.


  • The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications (NIA) for fiscal year (FY) 2019 for State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) program [CFDA number 84.415A; Funding Opportunity Number ED-GRANTS-061319-001] The NIA publication date in the Federal Register is June 13, 2019. The deadline for submitting application is 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, August 12, 2019. Our intent for this competition is to provide one-year grants to Tribes that do not have a Tribal Educational Agency (TEA), or Tribal organizations approved by an Indian Tribe that do not have a TEA, to develop a TEA.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) may be found here: FAQ Application Questions (Word, 40KB)

    For additional information on the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA), three Pre-Application Webinars, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please visit the STEP Website.


  • The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education is soliciting highly qualified individuals to assist in the review process for a discretionary grant competition in 2018. The review participants are being sought for the Indian Education Professional Development Grants (PD)-electronic review tentatively scheduled in early to mid-July 2018. The PD grants are designed to increase the number of qualified Indian individuals in education professions by providing training to qualified Indian individuals to become teachers or administrators. This competition will review applications that enable individuals to meet the requirements for full State certification or licensure as a teacher or administrator.

    In order to allow for sufficient time to recruit qualified peer reviewers, we are issuing this call now prior to announcing the competition and publishing any notices inviting applications. In support of this competition, we now seek individuals who can participate in panel reviews either as panel monitors, readers, second-level reviewers or alternate readers. Monitors will manage panel logistics and discussions. Readers will help us to select grant award winners by reading, providing written analysis and scoring submitted grant applications, and by providing constructive written feedback to applicants. Second-Level Reviewers will provide quality control for comments and scoring. Alternate readers may be assigned to read applications or stand at the ready to take over if a reader is unable to complete the competition.

    Who Would Be Successful Peer Reviewers of Professional Development Grant Applications?

    • Persons who have been panel monitors or readers in other ED competition discretionary grant competition reviews with experience in the subjects mentioned below.
    • Persons who are higher education administrators and faculty of teacher education programs teachers in schools that serve significant numbers of Indian students, district leaders, foundation officers, researchers, evaluators, professional development providers, or other individuals who have significant and current teacher/administrator preparation and job placement experience. /li>
    • Persons who have administrative, project management or some other leadership experience which helps their understanding of what happens in the classroom and how it applies to teacher/administrator training for high proportion Native American educational programs.
    • Persons who are interested in identifying what is new or innovative in Indian teacher/administrator recruitment, preparation and retention, and in determining how those innovations can support teacher placement within high proportion Native American schools.
    • Persons who have direct teacher/administrator preparation experience and expertise in at least two of the following content areas:
      • Partnership building between tribes and school districts/BIE funded schools.
      • Retention and persistent of traditional and non-traditional college age Native American students.
      • Consortium agreements between tribal colleges or universities and four year degree granting universities.
      • Teacher mentoring programs, professional guidance, and instructional support provided by educators, local traditional leaders, or cultural experts, as appropriate for teachers during their first two years of employment as teachers.
    • Persons who are excellent writers, good critical thinkers, team players and committed to completing assigned tasks in a professional and timely manner.

    Readers are eligible to apply if you have not read for three consecutive years. Field readers with advanced education degreesand/or experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities desired but not required. Individuals selected as panel readers will need to commit to being available for required web-based training webinars (1-2 hours each) prior to the review, and then by telephone one or two hours per day for up to two weeks, in addition to significant time for reading, scoring and finalizing written feedback on assigned applications in the timeframe set by the Department. Your resume will be reviewed for conflict of interest concerns. By June 15, 2018, please submit your resume, including complete contract information and complete work history (month/year start and end dates in employment history, no gaps), to

    On October 30, 2017, Ms. Tara Ramsey was named the new Acting Director for the Office of Indian Education (OIE). Ms. Ramsey comes to OIE from the Office of Migrant Education.

    Advancing Tribal Consultation Policy on Indian Education. The Department of Education has developed a new tribal consultation policy pursuant to the Administration’s consultation policy and in recognition of the federal government’s trust responsibility. The Department will further strengthen its relationship with Indian tribes by implementing a process that ensures meaningful consultation and collaboration with Indian tribes when developing ED policies and actions that have tribal implications.

    The Department of Education recently updated its training resources for recipients of federal education grants. The Office of Indian Education encourages all grantees to become familiar with guidance on administering various aspects of their federal grant. These training modules are free and will give the grantee a wealth of information for topics such as discretionary and formula grant administration, internal controls, cash management, indirect costs and travel. You may access this page at the following link:

    (April 15, 2015)

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