School staff hear strategies for tribal student success


April 12, 2023

For decades the odds were stacked against Native American students succeeding in the U.S. educational system.

Statistics bear that out.

La Conner Schools faculty and staff reviewed the data during a special program featuring Dennis Eller in late March. Eller is a member of the Cherokee Nations, an administrator at Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way and a doctoral candidate.

“I had better odds of becoming a starter in the National Football League,” Eller said at one point of his 75-minute presentation, “than I did of earning a doctorate.”

Eller showed the chances of maki...

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