Global Gateway for Teachers

Navajo Nation Program

You don’t have to leave the United States to have a new cultural experience. Through our Navajo Nation Program, you’ll live and work for a full semester on a Navajo Reservation in Arizona, New Mexico, or Utah. There, you’ll teach in either a public reservation school or a Bureau of Indian Education school.

Your engagement doesn't end when classes do, however. In exchange for room and board in reservation dorms, you’ll coordinate after-school activities for students staying in the dorms, provide tutoring and homework assistance, and even work in the dorm cafeteria.

The goal is to become a part of the community. You may visit students’ homes, develop personal friendships with the adults you work with at school and in the dorms, attend tribal council meetings, and observe and participate in tribal celebrations and ceremonies.

Many students are so energized by their teaching experiences that they go on to full-time teaching positions in their placement communities.

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  • What You’ll Teach

    You can expect to teach classes in your licensing areas (elementary education, secondary mathematics, visual arts, etc.).

  • Eligibility Requirements

    Participants must meet all the School of Education’s eligibility requirements for student teaching, which include:
    • GPA requirements for your licensure area
    • Completion of all professional course work toward your degree
    • For foreign-language majors, a passing score on the Foreign Language Proficiency exam (usually taken at the end of your junior year)

  • What It Costs

    Students will be responsible for their regular IU tuition, as well as fees related to student teaching and practicum coursework. Students are also responsible for travel and living expenses during their stay.

    Room and board is generally provided for free or at greatly reduced cost in exchange for participants' contributions to the school's extracurricular and residential programs (tutoring and homework help, athletics and other activities, chaperoning field trips).

    Financial aid is available for students who want to participate in the Navajo Nation Program. See scholarship opportunities for Global Gateway participants »

  • Meet the Staff

    Laura L. Stachowski is the director of the Global Gateway for Teachers (formerly the Cultural Immersion Projects) at Indiana University, Bloomington. She administers and supervises student teaching placements in 18 countries, on the Navajo Nation, and the Chicago Public Schools. She also coordinates an overseas practicum for experienced teachers. Through the new Global Gateway, Stachowski secures overseas school placements for studuent teachers at partnering universities and colleges around the U.S. Her passion for international education began as a student teacher in England in 1979, after which she worked with the Cultural Immersion Projects through graduate school until finishing her doctorate in 1994 and becoming director in 1995. A faculty member in Curriculum & Instruction, Stachowski writes about, publishes, and presents on cultural immersion in student teaching and the important outcomes and transformative process of such experiences.

    Nancy Boatner is the Implementation Manager for the Global Gateway for Teachers, working closely with the staff and students in all aspects of program operations. She came to Indiana University from the University of Michigan where she worked in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, managing and processing graduate admissions, fellowship accounts, and course scheduling. She served as the department coordinator for the Summer Language Institute and the Eastern Summer Language Consortium. She is currently involved in a community out-reach program and serves as the co-chair of Lotus Blossoms Children's Bazaar which is an organization that provides local fourth grade students multicultural education through interactive performances from artists/educators and hands-on multicultural bazaar.

    Tamara Clark is the Office Manager for the Global Gateway for Teachers, providing administrative support to the Director, Implementation Manager, associate instructors, and the students participating in the programs. She first came to the University in 1979, beginning in Maxwell Hall, University Division, Office of the Dean, and was the administrative assistant to the Associate Dean for Freshmen Orientation and Registration. She obtained further experience at the University through her employment at the School of Law Career Placement Office, the Police Department, and the Indiana University Foundation. She began her current position with the School of Education in October 2011, totaling 20-plus years of service at Indiana University and the Foundation.

    Samantha Hedges is an Associate Instructor for the Navajo Nation Program and a doctoral student in Education Policy Studies. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University after completing her student teaching on the Navajo Reservation. She also participated in the Global Gateway's Experienced Teacher Program in Ennis, Ireland. Upon her return from Ireland, Samantha taught in Chicago Public Schools for three years and then continued her education work as a public policy advocate. More recently, she earned her TEFL certification and taught English in Vietnam. Samantha is a firm believer in the internal and external impact of culturally immersive experiences.