Training Culturally Responsive Teachers Benefits Idaho
Sometimes research and scholarly work aren't developed in a laboratory and then given practical application. For Vanessa Anthony Stevens, assistant professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, her work is being applied directly to Native American students in the form of bachelor's degrees to teach in Idaho's Native communities.
A $1.2 million grant from the Department of Education's Office of Indian Education supports 12 scholarships for the Indigenous Knowledge for Effective Education Program (IKEEP). The students will earn a bachelor's degree in K-12 education and participate in a three-week Indigenous Pedagogies Summer Institute focused on teaching in diverse settings.
Specializing in culturally responsive teaching methods will benefit Idaho's youth as well as provide a rewarding career for the Vandal alumni engaged in the project.