Phillips Indian Educators
Phillips Indian Educators is a group of Indian educators from public, alternative, and charter schools who have come together to dramatically improve education for Indian children through a return to indigenous “best practices” in education. The PIE group meets on a monthly basis to share research, information and best practices; and to plan joint activities and initiatives to improve education for children of the community. The mission and goal are based on two realities: first, there is a sizable pool of knowledgeable and competent Indian educators in the Twin Cities whose expertise is frequently overlooked and underutilized by mainstream institutions; and second, public schools remain steeped in western education paradigms that fail to recognize and respond to the unique cultural assets and learning styles of Indian students. As a result, it is essential that Indian educators reclaim the authority over Indian education that was wrested from our Tribes and communities during the boarding school era in order to create positive change in the learning environment for Indian children.