Most Native Americans (NAs ) live in urban settings . Only half of indigenous ninth-grade students graduate with their non-native, same-age peers . New and innovative approaches to teaching urban NAs to increase their graduation rates are urgently needed. One such innovative approach infuses cultural education into curriculum: young children from diverse Native Nations, many of whom have additional non-Native heritage, attend an experimental, urban Native Indian Centered Education (NICE) preschool in the Midwest. The preschool focuses on building and strengthening family literacy resources and developing family-school-community partnerships to strengthen literacy.
McWilliams, M. Susan; Maldonado, Tami; and Szczepaniak, Paula, "Nurturing Urban Native American Families through Preschool Family Literacy Celebrations" (2011). Teacher Education Faculty Publications. 57.