November is Native American Heritage Month. 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.
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
View our weekly infographics for a visual snapshot of Native American children and families: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
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)
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