the ISLA PROJECT
the Missing Link in American Indian Education
In Both 4th and 8th Grades in 2011, For American Indian/Alaska Native Students, Compared With Their Non-Native Counterparts
The Gap in Reading Scores Was Not Significantly Different From Scores in 2005 or 2009
The Gap in Math Scores Was Larger Than in 2005
Missing Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Huge Investments in Money, Time, Energy, Technology,
Research Made Curricular Content Culturally Responsive
But there has been
NO PARALLEL EFFORT
to Change Instructional Methods
ATTUNED TO EACH CHILD’S
1 – Learning Style
2 – Tribal Culture and Place
3 – Collaborative Learning
4 – Needed Skill Sets
Almost 80% of the Native Children
Are Visual-Spatial Learners
Train Has Already Left the Station!
Reject Deficit “Catch-Up” Model!
Reject “Remediation” Instruction!