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Wisconsin Tribal School District Sees Value in Hiring More Native Teachers

For years, the Menominee Indian School District has posted some of the worst test scores and graduation rates in Wisconsin.

While the district still struggles, it has been on an upswing, particularly when it comes to graduation rates. One likely reason – it now employs more teachers who share the students’ culture and history.

To grow its own, the district works with the College of Menominee Nation to train more teachers. The district directs candidates to federal grant programs like the one that paid for Denny’s schooling – the Indian Education Professional Development Program, and staff encourages students from a young age to think about education as a career.