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Native Education

Split circle logo. Coast Salish eagle on the left, Plateau basket design on the right. Represents the Office of Native Education at OSPI.
What's New

January 15, 2020

Due to inclement weather, the Washington State Native American Education Advisory Committee meeting has been rescheduled via zoom. 

For information, please contact Joan Banker at 360-725-6160

February 21-22, 2020

Western Washington Native American Education Consortuium Conference
Emerald Queen Conference Center

April 6-8, 2020

Washington State Indian Education Association Conference
Northern Quest Conference Center

The Office of Native Education (ONE) provides assistance to school districts in meeting the educational needs of American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) students. ONE serves as a liaison between OSPI and school districts, tribal governments, State-Tribal Education Compact schools (STECs), tribal schools, Native communities, parent/guardians of Native children, and other groups and individuals.

Tribal History in Social Studies Curriculum

Requirements in Washington's Basic Education Act

As districts review and revise social studies and history curricula, there are two new requirements passed by the 2015 Washington State Legislature.

  1. Integrate Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State into current and newly-adopted social studies or history curricula.
  2. Collaborate with federally recognized Indian tribes within or neighboring district boundaries.

Bulletin & New State Law

OSPI Bulletin 006-16: Implementing Senate Bill 5433 (2015) Requirements for Teaching Tribal History, Culture and Government

State-Tribal Education Compact Schools (STECs)

In 2013 the Legislature passed House Bill 1154, authorizing state-tribal education compact schools. The bill authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction to enter into state-tribal education compacts. The legislation exempts schools that are the subjects of state-tribal education compacts from all existing state statutes and rules regarding school districts and district boards of directors; establishes standards for teachers, staff, and curriculum; outlines admissions policies and school funding; and establishes reporting requirements on student enrollment. Compact schools are encouraged to implement early learning pilot programs. The Department of Early Learning is directed to form a working group to develop early learning pilot programs.

The Office of Native Education provides consultation to eligible federally recognized tribes and BIE schools located in Washington state who are interested in starting a STECs.

Washington State Native American Education Advisory Committee (WSNAEAC)

The Washington State Native American Education Advisory Committee (WSNAEAC) reconvened in March 2019 with the purpose of promoting leadership and the unique principles and effective practices of Native American education which helps to assure academic success and cultural integrity at the community, school, state, and tribal levels. The committee consists of 21 members nominated by tribes and tribal organizations to provide consultation with OSPI on matters and issues related to the well-being and achievement of AI/AN students who attend public, STECs and tribal schools in Washington state.