29 June 2017

Press Release: AIOIC’s Takoda Prep Nationally Recognized for Closing Achievement Gap

Minneapolis, Minn., June 30, 2017– Takoda Prep, the alternative high school located at the American Indian OIC, has been selected as a site of best practice in a national report on indigenized education for Urban Indians. Commissioned by the National Urban Indian Family Coalition in Seattle, Takoda Prep will be one of seven programs located in five different urban centers to be examined for harnessing culturally contextualized education and alternative learning methodologies to close the achievement gap between Native students and their white counterparts.

President and CEO of AIOIC, Dr. Joe Hobot has been commissioned to visit each program and write about their practices in a report due to be published in early Fall of 2017. Hobot says that “showcasing effective practitioners of culturally-contextualized education is critical to upholding Native values and traditions in the classroom, where Native history is often overlooked or rewritten, as well as highlighting the need for national and federal funding for these schools.”

Takoda Prep of AIOIC enrolls students who have fallen behind in the traditional educational setting and are at risk of dropping out. Located within the Little Earth neighborhood of Minneapolis, most students are Native American whose elders did not complete school. The graduation rate for American Indian students in Minneapolis is 36 percent. Through individualized education plans and culturally relevant programming, students at Takoda Prep graduation at a rate of 85 percent.

The mission of the American Indian OIC is to empower American Indians to pursue career opportunities by providing individualized education, training, and employment services in a culturally rich environment. The organization was founded in 1979 as a practical resource to respond to the considerable education and employment disparities faced by American Indians living in and around South Minneapolis. In the years since its founding, the AIOIC has built a workforce of over 20,000 people from the entire Twin City area and tribal nations across the country and is a nationally recognized leader in the workforce development field. Although it was founded to support people of Native descent, the American Indian OIC’s resources and programs are available to all persons regardless of race, creed, age, gender, or sexual orientation.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ivy Estenson at 612-341-3358 ext. 125 or email at ivye@aioic.org.