The U.S. Department of Education 2016 Tribal Consultation, June 27


“The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) continues progress toward Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) promise of equity and real opportunity for every child. Indian education has been a partner throughout this 50-year education effort. Most provisions of ESSA do not take effect until after the 2016-2017 school year, so programs currently are operating under the rules in place prior to the enactment of ESSA. The Department plans to issue revised guidance with regard to funds that are made available for the 2017-2018 school year under the provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the ESSA.”

Topics of the 2016 Tribal Consultation include the following:

  • Consultation and communication between local school districts and tribes
  • Indian Education, Title VI (formerly VII)
  • BIE inclusion in the legislation
  • Revitalization and preservation of native languages and culture
  • Improving school climate and suicide prevention

For more information and to register for the consultation (In person-or virtual), please go to We strongly recommend tribal leaders to attend!

Venue: Spokane Convention Center, Room: 302B
(NCAI Mid-Year Conference & Marketplace)
334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane Washington 99201
Date: June 27, 2016
Time: 9:00am- 12:00pm (PT)

Airing Tonight on PBS NewsHour: Education Week Reports: A New Vision for Science Education

The Common Core State Standards in math and English/language arts have gotten a lot of attention over the past few years, fueling debate about how best to set goals for student learning. But another set of new standards-these for science-has been redefining instruction in American classrooms with much less controversy. The Next Generation Science Standards, being implemented in 18 states, emphasize learning science by doing science.

Wyoming has not yet adopted the standards, but some school districts, like Campbell County, aren’t waiting for the state to take action.

“We’re not teaching out of a textbook anymore,” says 4th grade teacher Jamie Howe. “It’s more hands on and students are taking control of their own learning.”

Although this more active way of teaching is fueling enthusiasm, it also faces significant challenges. Schools across the nation spend less time on science and more on math and reading, and educators in small schools with few science teachers must adapt in not just one subject, but three or four.

John Tulenko of Education Week visited Wyoming this spring to learn how the Next Generation Science Standards are changing K-12 science classes.


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