The 2014 Workshop was a two-day event held at Muckleshoot. The workshop included team building activities, whole group activities, keynote speakers, classroom experiences, an educators and tribal leaders panel, and 4 individual workshops. The individual workshop topics included: Since Time Immemorial Sovereignty Curriculum, Traits of Highly Effective, Quality Teachers, Nuts & Bolts: Applications and Certifications, FAFSA/Grants & Scholarships.


Future Native Teacher Initiative

Educators across Washington understand how critically important it is to close the opportunity gap that has led to dramatically different levels of success among students. But how? Research shows that relationships create a critical foundation for learning, and that student success rises significantly when students can see themselves and their culture among the educators in their schools.

For Native American students in Washington, that opportunity is rare. Only 1 percent of our state’s teachers are Native American/Alaska Native, and they are dramatically under-represented when compared to Native students in our schools.

Randy Paddock"That needs to change," says Randy Paddock, a WEA UniServ Director in the WEA Olympic Council. "It’s vital that we get more Native Americans into teaching. We need to be the leaders in our communities. We’ve been pushed far too much into the background. Kids have been falling through the cracks."

Through a two year Gates Native Student Success Grant, Washington Education Association has partnered with regional tribes, plus Native education leaders at schools, colleges and the state superintendent’s office to create the Future Native Teacher Initiative. The result: a two-day teacher camp for Native students to explore the career of education through a culturally responsive lens which includes classroom visits at a local school district.


Who We Are

We are a network of culturally responsive advocates and Native education leaders promoting equity and pathways into education careers for our Native students and tribal communities.

Guiding Mission:

Advocate for racially and linguistically diverse teacher workforce. Developing teacher warriors that are committed to equity and are actively engaging in educational transformation in schools. *Teaching Equity Mission

Who We Serve

Northwest region high school and college students who are interested in becoming Future Native Teachers in public and private schools.


  1. Tribal Leaders Congress
  2. OSPI Native Education
  3. Green River Community College
  4. Washington Education Association
  5. The Center of Excellence for Careers in Education
  6. Native Student Success Gates Grant
  7. Teaching Equity Conference
  8. National Education Association
  9. Tacoma Education Association

FNTI Hosts

  • 2014 – Muckleshoot Tribal School
  • 2015 – The Evergreen State College, North Thurston School District
  • 2016 – University of Washington, Seattle Public Schools
  • 2017 – Washington State University , Pullman PSD



Start Creating Your Team of Future Native Teachers

Designed to increase the number of Native American/Alaska Native teachers in Washington State, this event is a two-day, hands-on “teacher camp” led by teachers and leaders from the Native American/Alaska Native communities.

Who Should Go?

Teams of high school Juniors/Seniors and college aged students from tribes, schools and communities. Chaperones required for high school students. No more than 5 students and 1 chaperone per tribal/school community. Chaperones will need to register their teams. SPACE IS LIMITED!

  1. Cultural Competency Workshop: This sessions gives a framework on how to work effectively with students and adults across diversity.  It will provide an opportunity to raise their awareness, knowledge, skills and advocacy through group activities.
  2. Traits of Effective Teachers: Newer educators will share and collaborate with students around the characteristics of effective teachers and how to increase those hidden traits that help teachers have a greater impact on their students.
  3. Focus Group Research: Native students will have the opportunity to share the successes and challenges that they have faced during their educational paths.  The information will help change the training and instruction of future teacher programs.
  4. Classroom Experience: Students will have the opportunity to visit and interact with students and teachers.  They will have an opportunity to debrief their experiences regarding the classroom culture and expectations that they observed.
  5. Nuts & Bolts: Student will be exposed to the steps of becoming a Washington State teacher and the different paths they can take.   This includes student loans, scholarships and teacher certification paths both traditional and alternative routes.    
  6. Key Notes: Students will have the opportunity to be inspired and encouraged by Native teachers who have effectively transitioned into a teaching career.