Student Teachers Work with Native American Children

August 28, 2002

Four Penn State DuBois education majors recently ventured to an Indian reservation in South Dakota to experience first-hand the challenges of educating culturally diverse youth. At the end of the spring semester, the students spent a week at the Pierre Indian Learning Center in Pierre, South Dakota. The center is a federally funded boarding school for Native American children in grades 1-8. Close to 300 students from 13 different Indian tribes and reservations attend the facility. "Real-world experiences like this are invaluable to our students," explained Dr. Pamela Hufnagel, assistant professor of education at Penn State DuBois. "They really gain an appreciation for the challenges faced by some students and their teachers." While in Pierre, the students lived in a house on the grounds of the boarding school. In addition to teaching at the learning center, they had an opportunity to tour the nearby Crow Creek Indian Reservation, where they also observed classes and sat in on a tribal council meeting concerning school issues. For the full story, visit

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