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.

2014 Listening Sessions

The goal of this first-ever school environment listening tour is to hear from students, schools and communities on ways to better meet the unique educational and culturally-related academic needs of Native American students. The listening sessions are focusing on school environment – bullying, student discipline and offensive imagery and symbolism. WHIAIANE will gather feedback during the tour and consider how it can inform future action to ensure Native American students receive a high quality education.

The first stop on the tour was held on Oct. 10, in Franklin, Wisconsin, at the Indian Community School of Milwaukee. Future sessions this fall will be held in Lacrosse, Wisconsin; Seattle, Washington; East Lansing, Michigan; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Troy, New York, and Los Angeles, California.

If you are not able to attend a listening session in person, please submit a written version of your comments and experiences to tribalconsultation@ed.gov. We are collecting comments, experiences, and stories to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing Native American students’ and their school environment.

The remaining dates are as follows:

November 11, 2014- Los Angeles, CA
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm PT
Autry National Center of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027

November 18, 2014- Oklahoma City, OK
Time: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm CT
Oklahoma City Public Schools
Administration Building
900 N Klein
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

November 19, 2014- Lansing, MI
Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET
Kellogg Conference Center
Michigan State University
55 S Harrison Ave
East Lansing, MI 48824

November 21, 2014- Tulsa, OK
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm CT
Wilson Teaching and Learning Academy
2710 E 11th Street South
Tulsa, OK 74104

November 24, 2014- Seattle, WA
Time: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm PT
Daybreak Star Cultural Center
5011 Bernie Whitebear Way
Seattle, WA 98199

For more information, click here.

Here is the press release. An excerpt:

“Increasing tribal control over BIE-funded schools not only promotes tribal self-determination, but also provides greater tribal discretion in determining what American Indian children should learn, increasing accountability throughout the school system,” Secretary Jewell said. “With school management authority, these communities will have more power to create lessons with tribal cultural values and Native languages, both of which can ensure their children stay connected to their heritage and help them to succeed in the future. These enhancement funds can make the difference in an effective, relevant and rigorous education for American Indian children.”

Congratulations to awardees Gila River, Tohono O’Odham, and Oglala Sioux, which are all members of TEDNA!

The Department of Education will conduct a tribal consultation webinar on Thursday, October 23, 2014 and in person Wednesday, October 29, 2014  on the discretionary grant option for FY 2015 that would fund culturally-relevant, place-based strategies that are designed to improve the educational and life outcomes for children and youth in tribal communities. Recognizing the importance of tribal self-determination, the grants would support a coordinated intervention strategy chosen by the tribal community, within the context of a more comprehensive approach to youth development planned by that community.

OCTOBER 23 WEBINAR: REGISTER 

Time: 4:00pm EST
OCTOBER 29 ONSITE: REGISTER 

National Congress of American Indians

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Hanover B Room

265 Peachtree St NE

Atlanta, GA 30303

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm EST

We encourage you to participate in-person or submit written statements to tribalconsultation@ed.gov by November 1.

A PowerPoint for the Native Youth initiative is available here.

The Tribal Leaders letter, which has all of this information and more, can be seen here. You can also see other consultation announcements here.

The goal of this first-ever school environment listening tour is to hear from students, schools and communities on ways to better meet the unique educational and culturally-related academic needs of Native American students. The listening sessions are focusing on school environment – bullying, student discipline and offensive imagery and symbolism. WHIAIANE will gather feedback during the tour and consider how it can inform future action to ensure Native American students receive a high quality education.

The first stop on the tour was held on Oct. 10, in Franklin, Wisconsin, at the Indian Community School of Milwaukee. Future sessions this fall will be held in Lacrosse, Wisconsin; Seattle, Washington; East Lansing, Michigan; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Troy, New York, and Los Angeles, California.

Register for a session here.