NIEA WEBINAR SERIES

February 2016 – ESSA and Indian Country

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Summary:

When the ESEA was reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act, there were some major wins for Native education. Watch our webinar to learn more!

Facilitator
Ahniwake Rose, Executive Director, NIEA
Dimple Patel, Federal Policy Associate, NIEA

January 2016 – NIEA Resource Repository

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Summary:

In 2016 NIEA launched the first national, culture based resource repository to help ensure Native educators could have control of Native education. Learn about the NIEA Culture-Based Education Curriculum Repository!

Facilitator
Diana Cournoyer, Program Director, NIEA

March 2015  – The E-Rate Program:  Bringing Broadband Connectivity to Native Communities 

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Summary:

The worlds of technology and education have collided in ways unforeseen just a few years ago, with robust broadband connectivity more critical today than ever before. Access to high-speed broadband is crucial to improving educational experiences and expanding opportunities for all of the nation’s students, teachers, parents, and communities. Nowhere is this need more critical than on Tribal lands. During this webinar, experts will discuss the E-rate program, the federal government’s largest educational technology program, and the opportunities available for Tribal schools and libraries.

Topics discussed during the webinar included:

  • E-rate 101
  • Recent changes to the program
  • Available funding
  • Tribal specific E-rate consultation, training, and outreach
  • The role of USAC’s E-rate Tribal liaison

Facilitators:

  • Geoffrey Blackwell, Chief, FCC, Office of Native Affairs and Policy
  • Irene Flannery, Deputy Chief, FCC, Office of Native Affairs and Policy
  • Mackenzie Howard, E-rate Tribal Liaison, USAC

February 2015: Scholarship Application Strategies and Resources

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Summary:

As rising tuition costs and fees become an increasingly large factor in college choice, our students and families are often forced to make tough decisions on higher education enrollment. Because scholarship opportunities are often the only means for increasing postsecondary access, this webinar provides strategies and resources from a team of experts who are focused on helping Native students access higher education.

Scholarship assistance include:

  • Strategies in essay writing;
  • Nominator recommendations;
  • A guide for Native student advocacy; and
  • Resources to support students, parents, and school leaders throughout the scholarship application process. 
Facilitators
  • Melvin Monette, NIEA, President & AIGC, Director for Graduate Fellowships and Special Programs
  • Carmen Lopez, College Horizons, Executive Director
  • Cindy Cameron, U.S. Department of Education Awareness & Outreach Office, Federal Student Aid Lead Communications Analyst

January 2015: ED Spending Guidance  

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Summary:

President Obama, Interior Secretary Jewell and Education Secretary Duncan, in partnership with tribal nations, are working to improve American Indian students’ access to a world-class education that will prepare them to be the leaders of tribes, communities and our country. In response to questions that the Interior and Education Departments received from the field regarding permitted uses of Education Department formula grant funds, the Education Department issued guidance to BIE-funded tribally controlled schools that will help maximize the effectiveness of these federal dollars to best support the needs of their students.

During the webinar, federal panelists explained the spending guidance and took questions on the document.

Facilitators

  • Dr. Charles “Monty” Roessel, BIE Director
  • Dawn Baum, Interior Department Senior Attorney
  • Jill Eichner, Education Department Attorney
  • Susan Benbow, Education Department Management Program Analyst

December 2014 – BIE Blueprint for Reform III

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Summary:

The BIE joins NIEA to provide updates from the town hall meetings held during the NIEA 2014 Annual Convention as well as their other national site visits. The webinar provided an opportunity for additional dialogue and new information to support stakeholder decision making.

Facilitators

  • Dr. Charles “Monty” Roessel, BIE Director
  • Ahniwake Rose, NIEA Executive Director

September 2014 – Tribally Controlled Schools

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Summary:

With the signing of the Tribally Controlled Schools Act in 1988, tribes, directly or via tribal organizations, gained the authority to administer educational systems through contracting with the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). Under the recently announced BIE reform, the Bureau is requesting that more tribes consider administering education functions.

In order to provide our membership more information, NIEA and Dr. Roger Bordeaux presented information on Tribally  Controlled Schools to determine if contracting is the right decision for your tribe and community. Dr. Roger Bordeaux is the Executive Director of the Association of Community Tribal Schools and will provide expertise, best practices, and address potential concerns.

The webinar covers:

  • Questions tribes and Native communities should consider before contracting;
  • Legal background and foundations of tribally controlled schools; and
  • Contracting and granting requirements – reporting guidelines, fiscal responsibilities, etc.

Facilitators

  • Dr. Roger Bordeaux, Association of Community Tribal Schools Executive Director
  • Diana Cournoyer, Program Manager, NIEA

September 2014 – BIE Blueprint for Reform

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 Summary:

Due to consistent demand from our membership for more information, NIEA held a second Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) informational webinar on  September 16, 2014. The session provided an opportunity for additional dialogue and new information so our stakeholders can decide the best pathways for local schools and communities.

Facilitators

  • Dr. Charles “Monty” Roessel, BIE Director
  • Diana Cournoyer, Project Manager

Background

Tribal leaders and Native education stakeholders have long requested that the federal government uphold its trust responsibility to Indian education. While there has been some cause for concern regarding the bureaucratic reform, the President’s summer announcement on Indian education increased momentum for ensuring tribal authority in education. The proposal to redesign the BIE under the June 12, 2014 Secretarial Order is based on recommendations from the Indian Education Study Group (Study Group), which DOI Secretary Jewell and Secretary of Education Duncan convened to diagnose the systemic issues within BIE schools.

Material for the Event 

August 2014 – Google Mapping Orientation

Map Your Indigenous Community Month

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 Summary:

Make important changes to Google Maps by participating in Map Your Indigenous Community Month, hosted by NIEA, Google Map Maker, Google Earth Outreach, and Google American Indian Network. This is an amazing opportunity for you to ensure your communities are accurately represented on Google Maps.

The webinar will explain how Google Map Maker tools allow educators, parents, and other participants to edit and improve Google Maps by mapping public infrastructure across Native communities, including:

  • College campuses;
  • Medical centers;
  • Tribal offices;
  • Local roads; and
  • Historical landmarks.

Presenter

  • Lori Savageau, Google Map Maker

July 2014 – PARCC and Native Education

Understanding New Assessments

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Summary:

The July webinar focused on the for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).  Leading experts provided attendees with information on standards and associated curriculum being implemented in public, Bureau of Indian Education, tribal grant and contract, as well as charter schools. This webinar provided teachers, tribal education agencies, tutors, coordinators, school leaders, parents, and school board members information on preparing for PARCC implementation to make sure Native students are positioned to achieve in the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.

Highlighted in the webinar was information on PARCC testing items, bias, and sensitivity review processes, as well as resources, support materials, and PARCC implementation tools. Experts explained the differences between old assessments and the new PARCC system and provided information on engagement tools.

Facilitators

  • Tamara Reavis, Senior Adviser, Assessment Accessibility and Equity
  • Margaret Horn, Vice President, State Engagement and Outreach

July 2014 – PARCC and Native Education

Understanding New Assessments

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Summary:

The July webinar focused on the for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).  Leading experts provided attendees with information on standards and associated curriculum being implemented in public, Bureau of Indian Education, tribal grant and contract, as well as charter schools. This webinar provided teachers, tribal education agencies, tutors, coordinators, school leaders, parents, and school board members information on preparing for PARCC implementation to make sure Native students are positioned to achieve in the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.

Highlighted in the webinar was information on PARCC testing items, bias, and sensitivity review processes, as well as resources, support materials, and PARCC implementation tools. Experts explained the differences between old assessments and the new PARCC system and provided information on engagement tools.

Facilitators

  • Tamara Reavis, Senior Adviser, Assessment Accessibility and Equity
  • Margaret Horn, Vice President, State Engagement and Outreach

June 2014 –  Culture Based Approach to Common Core
(Culturally Cognizant English/Language Arts)
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Summary:

Culturally-based education (CBE) “is the grounding of instruction and student learning in the values, norms, knowledge, beliefs, practices, experiences, and language that are the foundation of an indigenous culture (Kana’iaupuni, 2007).”

Research studies identify components of CBE that are critical for improving Native student academic achievement. Six elements of CBE are defined as critical to ensure successful academic progress for Native students:

  • Recognition and use of Native languages;
  • Pedagogy using traditional cultural characteristics and adult-child interactions;
  • Teaching strategies that are congruent with traditional culture and ways of knowing and learning;
  • Curriculum based on traditional culture and Native spirituality;
  • Strong Native community participation in education and the planning and operation of school activities; and
  • Knowledge and use of the community’s political and social concepts.

This webinar highlights proven CBE methods used by the Kamehameha Schools and is facilitated by Dr. Walter Kahumoku III, Director of the Kauhale Kīpaipai (Educator Professional Development) department of the Kamehameha Schools.

Partners:  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; South Central Comprehensive Center; and Kamehameha Schools

May 2014 – Understanding the FAFSA and Federal Student Aid

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Federal student loans can be a great way to help pay for college or to continue your education for careers.  While you should not be afraid to take out federal student loans, you should know the facts and be smart about applying for a loan.  As we continue our monthly webinar series, join NIEA as we invite student loan specialists to help our membership understand the application process and what to expect before, during, and after submitting your application.  This webinar will provide you with the following:

  • A short video on dependency status.
  • A fact sheet listing the types of aid available.
  • A PowerPoint presentation previewing the FAFSA questions.

Whether you’re a student, parent, or an education professional, this webinar will provide you critical web content and resources designed to help you understand post-secondary education and how to pay for it responsibly.

Facilitators:

  • John Gritts, Management & Program Analyst, Minority Serving & Under Resourced Schools Division, Offices of Federal Student Aid, Denver Regional Office, US Department of Education
  • Cindy Cameron, Lead Communications Analyst, Awareness & Outreach Office, Offices of Federal Student Aid, US Department of Education

April 2014 – Common Core 101

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Partners:  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and South Central Comprehensive Center
Facilitators:

RunningHorse Livingston, Founder & CEO, Mathematize, Inc.;

Diana Cournoyer, Program Manager, Common Core Initiative, National Indian Education Association