Blackfeet Nation sees lower teacher turnover due to local talent

Students at Browning Elementary, a public school on the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. Photo from Browning Public Schools / Facebook

Teacher turnover at public schools on the Blackfeet Nation in Montana has dropped as more tribal members enter the profession, Slate reports.

The turnover rate at the Browning School District used to be as high as 30 percent, according to Slate. But it dropped to 18 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, Miriam Hall, a fellow with the Teacher Project reported.

The improvement has a lot to with local talent. According to Slate, 63 percent of the teachers in the district identify as Blackfeet.

Those figures could be increasing under a partnership between Blackfeet Community College and the University of Montana. Tribal students can now earn their four-year education degree on the reservation instead of going elsewhere to complete their studies.

The college also offers night classes to school support staff, Slate reported. They can become certified to teach up to third grade after a year of courses.

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