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Every Child in Focus—American Indian Child

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In November, National PTA’s Every Child in Focus campaign centers on the American Indian Child. Using the PTA National Standard for Family-School Partnerships, we will explore ways PTAs can welcome and support American Indian families in the school community.

We have created information and resources on the unique challenges American Indian families face and ways PTAs can better support these families in achieving student success.

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How Your PTA Can Better Support American Indian Families

  • Read our PTA One Voice Blog for PTA Success Stories and additional resources. You can also share your blog! We want to hear local and state PTA success stories on supporting student success through diversity and inclusion. Use our blog share tool to tell us your story.
  • Share the Parents' Guides to Student Success. These standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.

About American Indian Children and Families

According to the National Congress of American Indians, more than 30% of the Native population is under the age of 18, compared to only 24% of the total population who are under the age of 18. This sizable young population represents a critical opportunity to ensure all youth and families are engaged, supported and provided tools and resources they need to thrive.

  • American Indians are the most rural population of the United States.
  • American Indians experience higher disease rates, lower life expectancy rates, higher dropout rates and higher poverty rates than any other racial or ethnic group in the country.
  • More than one-third of the American Indian population is under the age of 18.
  • There are approximately 644,000 American Indian students in the U.S. K-12 system, with 90% of students attending public schools.
  •  Academic achievement and educational attainment among American Indian students lags far behind that of their peers. On average, less than 50% of American Indian students graduate from high school each year, and even fewer enroll in and graduate from college.

(Source: National Congress of American Indians)

 

About Every Child in Focus

National PTA’s Every Child in Focus is a campaign centered on strengthening family engagement in schools by celebrating important cultural distinctions and achievements, while highlighting solutions to potential educational issues. 

Each month, National PTA will spotlight the educational issues surrounding a particular group, highlight their accomplishments and focus on ways to foster Family-School Partnerships. Follow our Every Child in Focus Calendar for materials to help families and PTAs learn more about each group.