New Mexico Indian Education Summit – Nov. 21-22

The New Mexico Public Education Department, Indian Education Division, and IAIA’s Center for Lifelong Education (“CLE”) will host the New Mexico Indian Education Summit and State-Tribal Government-to-Government Meeting on November 21 – 22 in the CLE.

Thursday, November 21:  Friday, November 22:      
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Government-to-Government Meeting 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 Concurrent Sessions – Sponsored Lunch
New Mexico Tribal & Pueblo Leaders Common Core State Standards
NMPED Secretary Hanna Skandera NM PED Assessment – PARC
*Sponsored Lunch Teacher Evaluation
1- 4:30 p.m. Funding Bilingual Education
Federal Impact Aid (Invited) Technical Assitance
NM State Equalization Guarantee (SEG) Best Practices
Health and Welness

 To register: Contact Laura, (505) 827-6679 or; or Jacquelyn, (505) 424-2387


Invited Attendees:

Tribal Leaders, Superintendents, School Board Members, Tribal Education Directors, School District Indian Education Directors/Coordinators, and Parents

Sponsored By:

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Institute of American Indian Arts–Center for Lifelong Education

New Mexico Public Education Department–Indian Education Division

ICT – Top Ten Tribal Desires at 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference

Here. We are glad to see number 4:

4) Support Indian education. Tribal leaders talked a lot about this issue behind closed doors with administrations officials. They noted that when initially campaigning for president in 2008, President Obama himself promised to make Indian education a priority. Instead, attention has been haphazard, Native student progress has declined, and tribal colleges have received less support than they did under past presidential administrations. Indian youth and families are suffering because of it, said tribal leaders. Bryan Brewer, president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, was key in raising this concern, addressing a White House panel about the need for the administration to actively protect tribal college budgets. He also noted the importance and value of tribal colleges and education in fighting poverty.


Harkin, Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Expand Access to High-Quality Early Learning Programs

Here is the news release. A snippet:

The early childhood education proposal is a 10-year initiative to expand and improve early learning opportunities for children across the birth to age 5 continuum. The bill would fund preschool for 4-year old children from families earning below 200% of the federal poverty level, and encourage states to spend their own funds to support preschool for young children with family incomes above that income level. The legislation would establish a new federal-state partnership with formula funding for 4-year old preschool, with a state match, to all eligible states, based on each state’s proportion of 4-year olds under 200% of the federal poverty level. States would provide sub-grants to high-quality, local providers, including school districts and community-based providers, such as child care and Head Start programs. The bill also authorizes a new Early Head Start partnership with child care to improve the quality of care for infants and toddlers.