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Kurrinn Abrams Seneca Nation of Indians, NIEA Education Specialist

Kurrinn Abrams (M.A.) supports the recruitment and retention of highly qualified educators to serve in schools with high Native student populations by managing the Educator Initiative Project and job board. Through the Educator Initiative Project, she additionally works to provide professional learning services for teachers, tribal leadership, and stakeholders through workshops and trainings, online learning, and community outreach methods. Kurrinn additionally works collaboratively with the Program Team on multiple educational programs and grants, by researching and defining educational goals, objectives, and methodologies; planning and designing curricula; and developing effective educational pathways and educational models controlled by Native communities, in order to promote sovereignty in education. During her Master’s of Education program at Columbia University, Kurrinn worked in a variety of educational spheres, both locally and nationally, as not only a teacher, but also while working at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Post Secondary Education. Kurrinn comes directly to NIEA following her work in curriculum development on the Partnerships team at The Opportunity Network, a non-profit organization based in NYC that ignites the drive, curiosity, and agency of underrepresented students on their paths to and through college and into thriving careers, powered by OppNet’s commitment to access and community