Students get a boost from American Indian education program – University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

by | Nov 23, 2022 | Education

Jason Dropik is a school administrator working on a school superintendent certification.
Holly Lebeck, a junior, is earning an education degree in social studies, preparing to work with fourth- through eighth-grade students.
Elizabeth Hennessey, also a junior, is pursuing a degree in English education, with a focus on middle school.
All three of these UWM School of Education students are benefiting from funding and support through an Electa Quinney Institute program designed to prepare American Indian teachers and administrators. The program, Leaders from the Good Land: Electa Quinney Indian Education Development, began more than a dozen years ago with funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Bureau of Indian Education.
Currently, a fourth round of funding is supporting three administrators and five future teachers, including two from UW-Superior, and a sixth is about to start.  (In the most recent grant period, UWM received two grants – $1,044,850 for preparing teachers and $358,533 for preparing administrators.)
Jason Dropik, who is head of school at the Indian Community School in Franklin and a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, said he felt it was important to continue to enhance his skills as an administrator and leader. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Dropik, who is head of school at the Indian Community School in Franklin and a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, said he felt it was important to continue to en …

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