About the Department of Diné Education
The Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education is headed by Dr. Tommy Lewis, Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Timothy Benally is the Assistant Superintendent of Schools.
The Department of Diné Education Office of the Superintendent is led by Dr. Tommy Lewis. A Planner, Data Network Specialist, Programmer Analyst, Administrative Assistant, Legislative Analyst, Accountant, Office Specialist, and Public Information Officer serve in administration.
The Office of Diné Accountability and Compliance assists education institutions with compliance of Federal, state, and Navajo Nation laws through monitoring, evaluation, and technical assistance.
The Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Assessment Development conserves, promotes, and perpetuates the Diné Cultural and Language instructional programs in coordination with schools, institutions of higher education, the state department of education, community organizations and the Traditional Navajo Apprenticeship Project.
AdvancED Navajo Nation provides technical assistance to schools pursuing NCA accreditation status. It supports the work of schools developing and implementing comprehensive plans for school improvement.
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services implements comprehensive special education, vocational rehabilitation, independent living programs, and services to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve self-sufficiency and equal opportunity.
The Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance provides need-based financial aid, college support, merit-based scholarships, and graduate and part-time assistance to Navajo applicants pursuing a post-secondary degree. ONNSFA is comprised of five agency offices and the Navajo Nation Teacher Education program.
The Office of Diné Youth Development coordinates with Navajo chapters, communities, and various youth service providers to promote socially acceptable leisure activities that meet the varied needs of youth. It provides community-based and family-oriented alternatives for at-risk youth. It provides career awareness opportunities to youth.
The Navajo Nation Library provides educational, cultural, informational, and recreational materials to all residents of the Navajo Nation.
The Office of Diné School Improvement improves the quality of instruction for K-12 in science, mathematics, and promotes the use of technology to enhance science and mathematics achievement in the classroom.
The Office of Educational Research and Statistics provides quality statistical analysis on the status of education; conducts data analysis; develops and manages a comprehensive database system; and initiates new technological advances in the field of management information systems.
Navajo Head Start delivers child and family focused services with the overall goal of increasing the social competence and school-readiness of children from low-income families. It provides comprehensive services to children from birth to five years of age and pregnant woman and their families. It administers a full immersion program incorporating Navajo culture and language into its curriculum.
The Johnson O’Malley program provides supplemental funding assisting those efforts designed to meet the specialized and unique educational needs of eligible Indian students. Diné language and culture are high priorities for JOM. Services include: at-risk counseling, tutoring, computer lab, community-based learning centers, home school liaison, and bilingual teacher assistants.