NIEA has providedinformational webinars on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and successful tribal-state partnerships. To learn more about the possibilities of collaboration under ESSA, and real life examples of partnership throughout Indian Country, please view the webinars below.


1 Understanding the Every Student Succeeds Act

Ahniwake Rose (NIEA) and Dimple Patel (NIEA)–January 27, 2016

This webinar provides anoverview of the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how it affects your students. NIEA walks through major components of this new educational law and highlights Native specific provisions.


2 Accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Adam Fernandez (MALDEF) and Dimple Patel (NIEA)  –June 1, 2016

Accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has provided states and districts greater flexibility in determining their own intervention strategies. As states are moving swiftly to develop their new school accountability systems, it is vital for stakeholders to not only understand this development, but to be meaningfully engaged in this process.
NIEA and co-panelist, the Mexican American Legal Defense (MALDEF) examine how these new systems are being designed; the criteria by which schools progress will be measured; and subgroups for which information must now be reported and collected.


3 Changes to the Indian Title from NCLB to ESSA

Yatibaey Evans (NIEA) and Dimple Patel (NIEA)–February 23, 2017

This webinar outlines provisions that Indian Country won under the new education law. This includes new language around timely and meaningful tribal consultation. NIEAalso walks through other major changes from No Child Left Behind to the Every Student Succeeds Act so that advocates can effectively support Native students.


4 Successful State Tribal Education Partnership Stories

Mandy Moran (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe) and Sarah Price (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) August 1, 2017

NIEA has partnered with two State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) recipients to highlight successful state-tribal partnerships. In this webinar, tribal education directors sharetheir journey to effective collaboration with states and districts.


5 Strong Tribal-State Partnerships Beyond the Every Student Succeeds Act

David Scata (Mohegan Tribe), Paula Smith (Mohegan Tribe) and Mandy Smoker-Broaddus (Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux) – August 24, 2017

This webinar highlights the components of strong tribal-state partnerships that go beyond the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Mohegan Tribe provides an in-depth understanding of state and federal special education law, an understanding of assessments that identify students as having a disability, and tips on building sustainable relationships with local public schools and state agencies.
Subsequently, the Montana Office of Public Instruction highlights strategies to successfully implement its “Indian Education for All” legislation. This includes ongoing collaboration with Montana’s 12 tribal nations and tribal representatives and education directors on Montana’s Advisory Council on Indian Education.