PEMBROKE – The UNC Pembroke School of Education has been awarded a five-year, $1.1 million federal grant to increase the number of highly qualified American Indian teachers committed to serving American Indian communities.
The grant will support the First Americans’ Teacher Education (FATE) program, a pre-service training project for teachers. The FATE program provides financial support for future educators by reducing financial barriers and increasing enrollment and retention.
The primary goal is to increase the number of highly qualified American Indian teachers in Robeson, Hoke and Scotland counties and ensure educators are supported through an intensive induction program that assists beginning teachers.
“Our institution has a long track record of successfully competing for this grant award. As the current FATE project director, it’s a privilege to partner with public schools in Southeast North Carolina in providing highly qualified Native American teachers,” said Loury Floyd, dean of the School of Education.
Leslie Locklear, who serves as FATE coordinator, is assisting with the program.