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Susan Faircloth is Reappointed to National Board, Named Chair of National Review Panel

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Susan Faircloth

Susan Faircloth, professor and chair of the Educational Leadership Department at the Watson College, was recently reappointed by Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, to a three-year term on the Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children. She was also appointed chair of the technical review panel for the National Indian Education Study.

The BIA Advisory Board for Exceptional Children, authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, is the only congressionally chartered advisory board for special education. The board advises the national Bureau of Indian Education on the provision of special education services for American Indians and Alaska Natives served in 186 BIE schools in 26 states across the U.S. These schools serve approximately 48,000 students.

Faircloth is an enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe of North Carolina. She was a special education teacher before entering the field of higher education. The BIE appointment provides an opportunity to contribute in her specialty areas of focus.

“I enjoy the opportunity to advise on the education of American Indian students with disabilities,” she said.

The National Indian Education Study is the only comprehensive study of Indian Education in the nation. The study provides educators, policymakers and the public with information about the academic performance of American Indian and Alaska Native students as well as their exposure to Native American cultures. The study is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Indian Education and the National Center for Education Statistics.

The goal of the study is to bring attention to traditionally underrepresented and underserved populations of students, Faircloth said. “These students face many challenges but there are also many opportunities, given the necessary and appropriate supports and services.”

Faircloth is a William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations. She is also a former Fulbright Senior Scholar to New Zealand, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral scholar with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at the University of California Los Angeles, and a former Fellow with the American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Research Center at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research interests include indigenous education, the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students with special educational needs, and the moral and ethical dimensions of school leadership.

For information on the Bureau of Indian Education visit www.bie.edu.

For information on the National Indian Education Study visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nies.