Jean K Echternacht
- Research Associate
Dr. Jean K. Echternacht is a Principal Investigator and Project Director at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. The focus of her work is in developing programs for and with American Indian high school and tribal college students to support the retention and completion of their goals. She also has extensive experience in dropout prevention strategy development. To that end Dr. Echternacht has directed several federally funded projects that address both the high school and college needs of American Indians.
Dr. Echternacht is the co-author a transition curriculum for American Indians that addresses key skill areas to prepare students for higher education and work. The curriculum, published in 2002, is currently being implemented in BIA schools, school districts, and tribal and community colleges throughout the country. In addition, Dr. Echternacht is the co-author of a curriculum (2010) entitled, "The Young American Indian Entrepreneur" designed to prepare high school American Indian students to become small business-entrepreneurs. Dr. Echternacht holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and special education, a Masters' in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disturbances, and an Ed.D. in Educational Policy and Administration.