Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators
The Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators (DINÉ) is a
partnership between Northern Arizona University and schools on the Navajo
Nation who are participating in the Yale National Initiative. The Institute provides innovative K-12 teacher professional
development that elevates curricular rigor and strengthens culturally
responsive teaching in public, BIE, and tribally-controlled schools across
Teachers who are DINÉ Fellows participate in a long-term
seminar that will increase their:
- Content knowledge
- Curriculum-development skills
- Capacity to deliver culturally responsive
- Leadership ability
- Writing capacity
Seminars are led by University faculty who are content
experts. Teachers learn the seminar material through reading, discussion, and
independent research. Each teacher writes a unique curriculum unit for use in
The Yale National Initiative aims to
strengthen teaching in our nation’s public K-12 schools. The Initiative offers
National Seminars at Yale University and supports local community-based
Teachers Institutes. This is a teacher-driven initiative that serves high-needs
communities and includes teachers across all grade levels and content areas.
The Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators is centered
around 5 guiding principles:
- Diné and other Native youth are highly capable but often learn in schools that lack adequate educational resources.
- Diné elders and communities are rich sources and
sites of knowledge.
- Teachers serving Diné and other Native youth are
highly capable and also deeply constrained given the contexts in which they
- Culturally responsive schooling is a best
- Improving teaching and the educational
attainment of Diné and other Native youth is a necessary component for the
tribal nation (re)building goals of sovereign Native Nations in the U.S.