Helping Native American Students to Achieve

Carson Scholars Fund

Deadline: December 19, 2014 – Nomination deadline

The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades 4-11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. Scholarship winners receive the honor of being named "Carson Scholars" and are awarded an Olympic-sized medal and a trophy for their school to celebrate their accomplishments.

http://carsonscholars.org/scholarships/prospective_scholars

The African-American Heritage Committee is proud to announce the:

14th Annual 4th Grade Essay Contest.

The contest is open to all Austin ISD 4th grade students.

Students are required to write a composition addressing the theme “Celebrating a Century of History and Culture.” The writing prompt is: “Celebrating my life and culture.” Who/what influences my life? Why is culture important?

1st Place Winner will receive:

  • $150 Visa Gift Card
  • A book to be placed in the school library acknowledging the student
  • A book for the student’s home library
  • A certificate signed by the Governor of State of Texas
  • A certificate  signed by the African-American Committee Members

2nd Place Winner will receive:

  • $100 Visa Gift Card
  • A book to be placed in the school library acknowledging the student
  • A book for the student’s home library
  • A certificate signed by the Governor of State of Texas
  • A certificate  signed by the African-American Committee Members

3rd Place Winner will receive:

  • $50 Visa Gift Card
  • A book to be placed in the school library acknowledging the student
  • A book for the student’s home library
  • A certificate signed by the Governor of State of Texas
  • A certificate  signed by the African-American Committee Members

Submit your entry no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 3, 2014 to:

Carla Roberson
Department of School Family and Community Education
Baker Center, Room 202
Austin, Tx 78751

Students may use school mail or FAX (512-414-0393) their entry.

Please review the attached entry form that includes the checklist and contest rules. There will be three winners recognized at the Sunday, February 22, 2015 African American Heritage Program. The event is scheduled for 3:oo p.m. at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road 78704.

Cherokee speakers narrate children’s e-books for Unite for Literacy

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee language will now be shared in even more homes across the country.

This week fluent speakers in the tribe’s translation department read 10 early literacy books in the Cherokee language that were recorded for Unite for Literacy’s online e-book library.

Unite for Literacy, based in Fort Collins, Colo., currently has more than 100 e-books that parents can access for free at http://www.uniteforliteracy.com

The books, targeting ages 0-8, are narrated in 17 different languages, including Navajo, Spanish, Arabic and German, with Cherokee now being the 18th language offered.

“The Unite for Literacy group has a pretty far reach, and their goal is to create literacy among children,” said Roy Boney, manager of the Cherokee Language Program. “Having the option to hear Cherokee in these books is really great for the preservation of the language. We’re very happy to partner with Unite for Literacy to make this happen.”

Michael McGuffee, CEO of Unite for Literacy, says about 25,000 e-books are opened on the website per week. The Cherokee narrations are expected to be online in July.

“We want to support all children in celebrating their cultures and languages, and get culturally and linguistically relevant books in their homes,” McGuffee said. “It’s important to work with the tribes that can narrate these books so they can be listened to in English and in native languages, like Cherokee.”

Some of the books narrated in Cherokee include, “Loud and Clear” by Zaiga Cress and “Saddle Up” by Racheal Martinez.

McGuffee said the books segue into deeper conversations between children and their parents about second-language acquisition. The narrated e-books also serve as a platform for language revitalization.

For more information on the Cherokee Language Program, call 918-453-5487.

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Title VII - Formula Grant
Office of Indian Education
Central Texas First Nations Education Consortium

Central Texas School Districts participating in the Title VII Grant for 2013-14 are Austin ISD, Bastrop ISD, Leander ISD, Liberty Hill ISD and Round Rock ISD. There are 346 registered American Indian/Alaska Native students that have the opportunity to be served this year.

Title VII Indian Education programs are funded through the Indian Education Act which was instituted in 1972 in recognition of the special educational and culturally related academic needs of Indian and Alaskan Native students. The Office of Education, U.S. Department of Education, administers programs funded by the Act. Grants are made through the department's Office of Indian Education to local educational agencies, tribal and Indian controlled schools, state educational agencies, institutions of higher education and Indian tribes, organizations and institutions. Grants are awarded on an entitlement or a competitive basis. These grant-funded projects are designed to improve educational opportunities for Indians and Alaskan Natives and to support the goal of self-determination for Indian communities. An elected parent committee in each school district helps identify those needs and how to best meet them.

Austin ISD and four other districts in Region 13 have joined together to form the Central Texas First Nations Education Consortium: Consortium Districts include: Austin ISD, Bastrop ISD, Round Rock ISD, Leander ISD, and Liberty Hill ISD. 

Each participating district who meets the minimum requirements* and is included on the e-grant application will share in the resources generated by this title program. 

Interlocal agreements establish the level of support available from the Austin Independent School District's Title VII American Indian Education Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education (CFDA Number: 84.060) for each of the school districts that make up the Central Texas First Nations Education Consortium, as well as ongoing regional support of school-centered American Indian Education in Central Texas. 

The agreements contain a commitment to continuous improvement of the planning, training and educational process, which represents collaboration among the Central Texas First Nations Education Consortium in cooperation with local and regional school districts and the Texas Educational Agency to educate American Indian and Alaskan Native Children.  

*Only districts having a minimum of 10 Native American students with an approved 506 form may participate in the formula grant.

Who is eligible to join AIEP?
Federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native students in grades Pre-K - 12

The parent/guardian must complete a student eligibility form (506) that indicates the student, parent, or grandparent is a member of: a tribe or band or group described in the following definition:

Definition: Indian means any individual who is (1) a member (as defined by the Indian tribe or band) of an Indian tribe or band, including those Indian tribe or bands terminated since 1940, and those recognized by the State in which the tribe or band reside; or (2) a descendent in the first or second degree (parent or grandparent) as described in (1); or (3) considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose; or (4) an Eskimo or Aleut or other Alaska Native; or (5) a member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as it was in effect October 19, 1994.

Return the completed form back to your child’s school or send to the American Indian Education Program office, 3908 Avenue B, Room 205, Austin, TX.

What does the Title VII program provide?

  1. Sharpen student academic skills in the core content areas, through tutoring or special events.
  2. Enrichment programs that would otherwise be unavailable to AI/AN students.
  3. After-school programs.
  4. Basic school supplies.
  5. Snacks during meetings.

We serve as a liaison between AIEP, the Office of Indian Education and each school district Native American Parent Committees.

What does the Title VII program NOT provide?

AIEP Title VII office cannot provide:

  1. Legal advice
  2. Books or specific school supplies for personal use (with the exception of annual reading books)

Join your district Native American Parent Committee. (NAPC). It is only with the parents participation that we can grow a stronger program. Join Now!

What’s does the NAPC do?

  • Conduct regular open meetings.
  • Consult with LEA on program development, operation and evaluation.
  • You approve Part II of the application sent to Office of Indian Education (OIE).
  • Abide by reasonable by-laws.

About AIEP

All activities are free to registered AIEP students.

AIEP is funded 100% through a federal formula grant through the Office of Indian Education, U.S. Department of Education. Austin ISD is the Lead Education Agency (LEA) for this program. Our partners include:

  • Great Promise for American Indians
  • Native American Parent Committee members
  • University of Texas, Austin, Longhorn American Indian Council (LAIC)
  • We offer summer camps to all age groups.

506 Forms

Parents/Teachers: There is a new 506 form with an expiration date of 5/03/2016. If you have already filled out a 506 for your student, there is no need to complete another one.