Native Hawaiian Education Program Awards $2,885,009

The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE) announces a grant award totaling $2,885,009 that will support its Ka Lama Education Academy: Quality Homegrown Teachers program through the U.S. Department of Education – Native Hawaiian Education Program (NHEP).

With a $2,885,009 NHEP grant award, Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE) will continue to provide teacher recruitment services, professional development and teacher retention services. The Quality Homegrown Teachers seek to meet the school-readiness and academic proficiency needs of at-risk Native Hawaiian children in Early Childhood Education and K-12 programs on the Wai‘anae Cost through a foundational strategy that strengthens teacher quality and retention.

“The Ka Lama Education Academy (KLEA) empowers Native Hawaiian community members to become teachers in their own communities. Research shows that teacher quality and cultural competence make a big difference in the outcome of a student’s education. KLEA focuses on recruiting, supporting and retaining Native Hawaiian educators to address disparities in education by providing year-round support and incentives to current and future teachers. KLEA aims to build diversity in the teaching profession to address the cultural mismatch between teachers and students.” – Angela Hoppe-Cruz, Ka Lama Education Academy Program Director

The purpose of the Native Hawaiian Education program is to develop innovative education programs to assist Native Hawaiians and to supplement and expand programs and authorities in the area of education.