Press Releases

OPVP urges schools to submit reopening plans

The Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President urged all schools operating on the Navajo Nation to submit their reopening plans to DODE as part of the process for a safe reopening for in-person instruction. To view the release from OPVP, click here.

Project I-LAUNCH holding discussion on fatherhood, traditional teachings

Navajo Project I-LAUNCH have announced the next installment in the ongoing Early Childhood Speaker series. This month’s topic is the importance of fatherhood and traditional teachings. For more information, click here.

Board reauthorizing grant schools ahead of new year

The Navajo Nation Board of Education has reauthorized numerous grant schools to continue operating independently, with 10 other schools pending reauthorization. For more information including a list of schools, click here.

Navajo Nation President signs resolution to reopen schools

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez signed Resolution CJN-36-21 into law July 6, which rescinds COVID-19 restrictions including limited schools to online-only environments. For more information, click here.

Navajo Nation Library hires new Program Supervisor

The Navajo Nation Department of Dine Education announced a new hire for Program Supervisor for the Office of the Navajo Nation Library on June 29. For more information, click here.

DODE, Dine College holding live parent/guardian forum

The Navajo Nation Department of Dine Education is partnering with Dine College to host a live parent/guardian forum on June 17, 2021 to discuss K-12 education across the Navajo Nation amid COVID-19. For contact info and where to listen, click here.

Board of Education releases first list of reauthorized schools

The Navajo Nation Board of Education discussed the reauthorization of eight grant schools during a special meeting on June 8, 2021. For more information, click here.

Guidelines announced for schools holding limited in-person graduation and promotion ceremonies

The Navajo Department of Health released a series of guidelines that all schools are expected to understand and implement if they are holding limited in-person gatherings for graduations and promotions. For more information, click here.

Department of Dine Education recognizes Teacher Appreciation Week

DODE is encouraging students, parents, and communities to recognize the work their teachers have done to provide a quality education during the pandemic. For more information, click here.

Navajo Head Start partners with Navajo Technical University for Summer Boot Camp

Navajo Technical University announced a partnership to assist Navajo Head Start with meeting requirements stipulated by the reauthorized Head Start Act of 2007 around teacher/staff credentials. To view the brochure, click here.

Project I-LAUNCH celebrates National Week of the Young Child

DODE, OSERS, Navajo Project I-LAUNCH, and Growing in Beauty have announced a week of virtual events from April 12 – 16 to celebrate Diné children, families, teachers, and communities. For more information, including event times and links to register, click here.

Professional Development #4 Meeting Agenda

The Office of Standards, Curriculum &Assessment Development announced the next Professional Development meeting for April 14, 2021. To view the agenda, click here.

Board of Education makes recommendation for new Superintendent of Schools

The Navajo Nation Board of Education recommended Harold G. Begay, Ph.D., to fill the vacant Superintendent of Schools position. For more information, click here.

Navajo Nation School Reopening Plan

The Department of Diné Education presented the Navajo Nation School Reopening Plan to the Navajo Nation 24th Council on March 17, 2021. For more information, click here.

Finalized Navajo Nation School Reopening Plan

The Department of Diné Education finalized the Navajo Nation School Reopening Plan on March 23, 2021. For more information, click here.

Navajo Nation School Reopening Assessment

For a Navajo Nation school to reopen, it must pass the assessment prepared by the Department of Diné Education. For more information, click here.

Navajo Nation School Safety Guidelines

The content of this guide serves as the safety “must-haves” that all schools on the Navajo Nation must incorporate into their reopening safety plans related specifically to COVID-19. For more information, click here.

School Reopening Plan Q&A

The Navajo Nation School Reopening Plan provides a template for schools on the reservation to safely reopen. For a list of frequently asked questions and answers, click here.

Navajo Nation Seal of Bilingual Proficiency Assessment

The Department of Diné Education is offering the assessment for no fees to high schools proficient in the Navajo language. For more information, click here.

Emergency Broadband Benefits Program
Cody M. Begaye, PIO DODE The new program to be run by the Federal Communications Commission will allow for affordable broadband connections and technologies for the Navajo Nation.
DODE pushing for fiber-optic broadband system
Cody M. Begaye, PIO DODE New Mexico state and tribal leaders agree that a stable high-speed broadband internet system is essential for closing the homework gap and helping student keep up in school.
Consolidated Appropriations Act
Cody M. Begaye, PIO DODE Legislation signed by President Trump provides key provisions for BIA and BIE Schools across Indian Country.
DODE Updated Hours of Operation
Cody M. Begaye, PIO DODE NNDODE updates hours of operation after Office of President and Vice President extends Public Health Order
Navajo Nation Department of Dine Education host Early Childhood Speaker Series on KTNN
Cody M. Begay, NNDODE PIO If you have questions, contact Kim Kee, Program Coordinator/Navajo I-LAUNCH at kimkee@nndode.org
New Hours of Operation, Department of Dine Education
Cody M. Begay Navajo Nation Department of Dine Education announces updated hours of operation during Office of the President/Vice President Public Health Order.