Leaders & Teachers from the Good Land

Once again EQI has been awarded funding to prepare American Indians to be educators and administrators. This is the third consecutive round of funding by the U.S. Department of Education’s Bureau of Indian Education
These two separate grants support a five-year partnership between the Indian Community School and Milwaukee Public Schools to recruit and prepare undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate level students to build capacity in public and charter schools in Milwaukee and tribal schools in the Great Lakes region. This project will address teacher and administrator shortages in the American Indian community and will work with school districts throughout the state.

Have more questions? Please reach out to Patricia T. Najera, project coordinator for this grant.

Participants receive funding while they work toward their initial teaching license thorough the various degree programs currently available at the UW-Milwaukee School of Education. This funding will not need to be paid back if graduates seek employment in qualifying schools in the state of Wisconsin. The financial support covers the cost of attendance, initial licensing exams, and a budget for a laptop as needed. The supported programs must result in licensure. Click here to explore options prior to  applying below. To ensure participants have enough time to complete their education with the grant support, applicants need to have a minimum of 2 years of college (24 to 30 credit hours) to be accepted. Exceptions for this requirement will be determined on an individual basis.

Ready to apply for the Teachers from the Good Land program? Click here to get started

Currently licensed teachers can work toward the Administrative Leadership MS: Concentration in Educational Administration. This program leads to a principal licensure.

Ready to apply for the Leaders from the Good Land program? Click here to get started

The Office of Indian Education requires that any student in the program to understand the service regulations including the service obligation (“work payback”) equal to the total period of time for which training was received; the requirement that work payback be related to the training received and benefits Indian people; that if student does not meet the payback requirement, the student must repay the total amount received and expended for training or “cash back.”

For example:

  • Student A receives 2 years of funding for training.
  • Student A graduates and begins to look for employment.
  • Student A will need to consider the State Local Education list (below)* for employment where a percentage of the student population is American Indian.
  • Student A would have to inform the EQI office about the completion of their program and comply with all the requirements of the Professional Development Program (PDP) which tracks service obligation.

* As a student nears graduation and begins to explore employment opportunities, the student should consult with Project Coordinator and review the school districts which have a percentage of American Indian students. Wisconsin has 35 school districts meeting this requirement. Click here to download the list of eligible schools.

Please note that if a student finds employment in a private school, this school is not eligible for payback requirements.

If you are unsure if this program is the best fit for you, or if you are unsure about applying to college please contact us. There are other opportunities and ways we can help you with your college hopes and plans.