Recording of Education Northwest and TEDNA Webinar: STEP Program and Lessons Learned

If you were unable to attend Education Northwest and TEDNA’s webinar today, you can view the recording here.  We encourage any Tribal Education Agency or Department that is contemplating applying for the next round of STEP Grants to watch the webinar.  The PPT slides can be seen here. TEDNA’s overview of the STEP Grant can be seen here.

And remember, comments on the Department of Education’s proposed changes to the STEP Program are due on December 1st.

Reminder – Education Northwest and TEDNA Webinar: STEP Program Lessons Learned Today

Please join us on November 25th, 12:00pm-1:30pm PST for a webinar to discuss lessons learned from the State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) grants. As many of you are aware, the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education is seeking feedback regarding the priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for the STEP program. The purpose of this webinar, hosted by Education Northwest, the Tribal Education Departments National Assembly (TEDNA), and the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), is to identify lessons learned and recommendations from current STEP grant recipients that could inform future efforts.

Presenting in the webinar will be representatives from the current STEP programs, Matthew Campbell from NARF, and Quinton Roman Nose from TEDNA.

Webinar Details

Topic: STEP Grant Lessons Learned Webinar
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:00 pm, Pacific Standard Time
Event number: 629 341 567
Event password: stepednw

Correction – Register for the webinar here:

Here is the draft agenda.

From Implementing Meaning Full STEM Learning with Indigenous Students and Families

Author Marissa Spang cover the issue of “Indigenous ways of knowing are often perceived to be contrary to STEM learning, but they are in fact powerful resources for learning. STEM instruction should be made inclusive for Indigenous students by building connections between Indigenous and Western STEM. There are a set of strategies teachers can use to intentionally incorporate indigenous ways of knowing into STEM learning environments—both in and out of school and in relation to family and community.”

Why It Matters To You

  • Teachers should focus on Indigenous ways of knowing & encourage Indigenous students to navigate between Indigenous & Western STEM.
  • District staff and PD providers should build relationships with Indigenous communities they serve and focus PD on Indigenous STEM, including relations to land.
  • School leaders need to recognize what it looks like for Indigenous students to learn western & Indigenous STEM and ensure approaches are adopted.

Things to Think About

  • How can you change your instruction to “center” it on Indigenous ways of knowing?
  • Who are partners (parents, teachers, systems leaders, students, organizations) that can help you center Indigenous ways of knowing? How can they help your students navigate multiple ways of knowing?
  • Where are some places you can take students to strengthen their connections to their territories and localize knowledge and learning?

To view the entire article, click here.

Wash Po: Native American kids need more protection, advisory panel tells Holder in new report

Here, and an excerpt:

A panel of Indian-country experts will recommend to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday that tribes be allowed to criminally prosecute non-Indians who sexually or physically abuse Native American children on tribal land, saying that juveniles on reservations are living with “dire” levels of violence and poverty.

The recommendation addresses a loophole in a law passed by Congress last year. The measure allowed the nation’s 566 federally recognized tribes for the first time to prosecute non-Indians who commit certain crimes of domestic violence against Native Americans in Indian country. But the law,opposed by most Republican lawmakers, does not allow non-Indians to be prosecuted by tribes for abusing Indian children on a reservation.

The report from the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence can be seen here.



Turtle Talk – Whitehouse Listening Session and MSU Conference on Education Today and Tomorrow.

Here is the agenda for the listening session in Michigan today, and here is information on the listening session and a link to registration.  Here is the link to the 2014 ILPC Annual Conference – Dismantling Barriers in American Indian Education, which Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, will be keynoting.

Our previous posts on this are here, with Melody McCoy’s materials, and here.

REMINDER for TOMORROW: Oversight Hearing on “Protecting our Children’s Mental Health: Preventing and Addressing Childhood Trauma in Indian Country”

Date: 11/19/2014 02:30 PM
Location: 628 Senate Dirksen Bldg
Type: Oversight Hearing


Acting Director-Indian Health Service
Principal Deputy Administrator-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Panel 1

Director and Principal Investigator-Institute of Educational Research and Service, The University of Montana National Native Children’s Trauma Center

President/CEO-Alaska Native Health Board

To visit the website for more information, click here.