September 14, 2016
At left, (L-R) Nez Perce Tribe Technical Assistance Coach Alicia Wheeler, Nez Perce Tribe Education Manager Joyce McFarland, and Kamiah principal Jimmy Engledow who was recognized for his leadership in supporting culturally responsive professional development through the STEP project. At right, (L-R) Nez Perce Tribe Technical Assistance Coach Alicia Wheeler, Kamiah middle school teacher Loretta Riener, and Nez Perce Tribe Education Manager Joyce McFarland. Riener was awarded the Dr. Arthur Taylor Jr. “Culturally-responsive Teacher of the Year” award.
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Kamiah Joint School District 304 staff joined with Lapwai staff and representatives from several American Indian tribes across the country to attend the summer Native Education Research Summit at Joseph, Ore., Aug. 15 and 16. The two schools educate the majority of Nez Perce children in the world, and both schools have staff that, with the Nez Perce Education department and the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE), from the Nez Perce State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP).