Education Week is having a webinar titled “Standing On Common Ground: Building Cultural and Academic Literacy.” The webinar will be held on September 26, from 2-3 ET. The description:
Being literate in the information age increases our understanding of cultural and linguistic differences. Developing our students’ academic literacy skills and building their cultural knowledge are critical keys to these understandings. Pearson’s iLit is a comprehensive literacy solution designed to produce two or more years of reading growth in a single year. Based on a proven instructional model that has produced results for students in districts across the country for more than a decade, iLit has been carefully crafted to meet the rigors of the Common Core State Standards and to prepare students for success. In this webinar, Sharroky Hollie, executive director for the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, will discuss strategies for engaging students in developing the types of literacy needed for future success, and how iLit provides an effective way of implementing these strategies.
DOJ recently awarded $90 million to Tribes in the form of 192 grants to 110 American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribal consortia and tribal designated non-profits. Among other things, the grants go towards alcohol and substance abuse programs and tribal youth programs. DOJ’s press release can be seen here.
TEDNA’s comments on the September 12 Department of Education Consultation can be seen here.
The Department of Education has posted its transcript of the consultation that was held in Smith River, CA.
An article from Indian Country Today on an excellent model Tribes and Tribal Education Departments and Agencies can use. Morongo decided to open its own school, and the results have been positive:
For about the same budget cost as the mentor program, the Morongo tribe decided to build a tribally managed private school. Currently the school covers K-8th grade, and in fall 2013, the Morongo School will create a 9th grade class, and each year after will create a new high school class. By 2015, the school will cover K-12. . . .
The curriculum emphasizes nation building, culture, reading, math, environment, and writing. Cultural activities and knowledge are built into leadership, cultural games, and cultural classes. Test scores in math and reading have increased dramatically for both strong students and initially low scoring students.
From Indian Country Today, 6 Places to Find Scholarships for Native Students. A quote:
While most parents and students are just thinking about getting back to school, high school students should always be thinking about applying to as many scholarships as possible. The more money that can be earned through scholarships means less loans to pay back later.
Here are 6 places for Native students to start looking: