Schools have not changed; the world has! Our schools are not failing; they are obsolete! The transformation of a century old policy of assimilation into a modern, dynamic process of helping schools prepare students to navigate successfully in the digital in which we now live while keeping students of Navajo descent linguistically and culturally intact calls for massive changes and transformation.
Dr. Anselm G. Davis, Jr., who is half Choctaw and half Navajo, is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. Dr. Davis received his doctorate in educational administration from the Pennsylvania State University. At the local level, he worked in both the federal and public school systems as a teacher, principal and superintendent of schools. His national professional experience included work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Science Foundation, the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities, and in both the Senate and the House as a Congressional Fellow. Dr. Davis is currently working for the Navajo Nation, as the Director for the AdvancED—Navajo Nation Office, the agency that accredits schools within the boundaries of the Navajo nation.