Plenary sessions offer the opportunity for Convention attendees to participate in panel lectures and discussions on certain topic areas. Plenary session descriptions scheduled for the 2017 Convention are below.
Native School Choice: Perspectives and Opportunities in Indian Country
Description: Native communities have long advocated for autonomy to create and operate schools and systems that support our students by celebrating Native identity, culture, and values. With the new Administration considering opportunities to expand school choice, tribes and Native communities can take tangible steps to expand and exercise our educational autonomy. Join our speakers as we explore the diversity, opportunity, possibilities of school choice, and strategies for exercising full authority in our tribally controlled schools.
Resilience Through Education: A Conversation with Leaders of NIEA
Description: The history of Native people in Western education began with the tragic and genocidal use of boarding schools. Today, Native students and communities still grapple with the far reaching effects of federal policies. Native people, however, are resilient and have worked to create spaces and policies that celebrate Native culture and language, while acknowledging and addressing our history. The founding of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) came from a place of resistance and the organization remains a leading voice advocating for opportunities for Native students to thrive in the classroom and beyond. Join past presidents of NIEA as they discuss our past and look forward to our future as we continue to look for opportunities to amplify Native voices and practices to secure the future of Indian County.
2nd Annual NIEA Lightening Talk on Innovation in Native Education
Description: In 2016, NIEA introduced the first ever Lightening Talks to our convention attendees. Join us at Convention for a series (at least 4) of 5 minute talks/presentations by different speakers for our Lightening Talks on Innovation in Native Education. Hear from speakers who have found new and interesting ways of ensuring Native cultures and language are at the heart of our schools. This session is an excellent way to learn about and share new ideas from several presenters.