UNM's Center for Development and Disability Receives $2.88 Million BIA Award to Develop Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

The Office of Indian Education Programs/Center for School Improvement of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has awarded the Center for Development and Disability (CDD), within the Department of Pediatrics a $2.88 million dollars over the next four years to develop a comprehensive system of personnel development with 83 BIA funded schools across the Navajo Nation. 

The CDD will work with schools in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Entitled Improving Communities of Practice, this program is one of several the BIA is funding across the country in collaboration with institutions of higher learning.  College credit will be offered through the program.

Efforts to be undertaken include: 

  • Establishment of regional, innovative training and technical assistance systems within Navajo school communities;
  • Improvement of instructional and professional capabilities to address behavior, curriculum, inclusion, and family support priorities; and
  • Development of regional leadership teams for sustainable and ongoing technical assistance within regions on the Navajo Nation.

In addition, 20 of the 83 schools will be included in other activities to enhance school leadership and the learning community.

The CDD anticipates working with Northern Arizona University, Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, and New Mexico State University in developing this comprehensive program over the next four years across the Navajo Nation. 

The CDD is part of a national network of university based programs addressing the needs of people with disabilities and their families as a University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service, and is located at 2300 Menaul NE, in Albuquerque.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322