Policy Analysis: Native Students and Their White Peers

Many see education as the key to future opportunity and success for children of all backgrounds. However, deeply entrenched inequities can obstruct future opportunities and successes for many American Indian and Alaska Native students (hereafter referred to as Native students). These inequities are apparent in the substantial achievement gap that exists between Native students and their white peers. On national reading and mathematics exams, Native students perform two to three grade levels below their white peers. Additionally, Native students face myriad difficulties outside of the classroom, including high levels of poverty and challenges with both physical and mental wellness.

Despite these problems, opportunities exist for action that could positively impact educational outcomes for Native students. This report provides an overview of the major education issues the Native student population faces and the current policies that exist to address those issues at the federal and state levels.

View State and Federal Policy: Native American youth by ECS online as PDF

Resource: Equity and ESSA Leveraging Educational Opportunity Through the Every Student Succeeds Act

Despite the American promise of equal educational opportunity for all students, persistent achievement gaps among more and less advantaged groups of students remain, along with the opportunity gaps that create disparate outcomes. However, the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) represents an opportunity for the federal government, states, districts, and schools to equitably design education systems to
ensure that the students who have historically been underserved by these same education systems receive an education that prepares them for the demands of the 21st century.

ESSA contains a number of new provisions that can be used to advance equity and excellence throughout our nation’s schools for students of color, low-income students, English learners, students with disabilities, and those who are homeless or in foster care. We review these provisions in four major areas: (1) access to learning opportunities focused on higher-order thinking skills; (2) multiple measures of equity; (3) resource equity; and (4) evidence-based interventions. Each of the provisions can be leveraged by educators, researchers, policy influencers, and advocates to advance equity in education for all students.

 

View entire report online (PDF)

Google Classroom Resources

Google Classroom and Class Roster

PBS LearningMedia added two new features:

  • Class Roster
    Educators now have the ability to create their own class roster, which enables them to assign specific lessons to students and monitor student progress. To find this feature, click “Classes” in the Dashboard menu within the teacher view of PBS LearningMedia.
  • Google Classroom
    A share button to import PBS LearningMedia resources directly into Google Classroom was added. To find the button, navigate to the resource you wish to add and click the green Google Classroom button located to the upper right of the resource’s description.

5 Ways Juvenile Court Judges Can Use Data

This brief, 5 Ways Juvenile Court Judges Can Use Data, provides specific examples of how juvenile court judges can use aggregate data to learn more about their courtroom practices and the jurisdictions they serve. It is one of a series of briefs being developed by the OJJDP-funded Juvenile Justice Model Data Project. The Model Data Project seeks to improve the quality and consistency of juvenile justice data through developing guidance for states and jurisdictions on how to collect, analyze, and use juvenile justice data.

  Download

*info from http://www.ncjj.org/Publication/5-Ways-Juvenile-Court-Judges-Can-Use-Data.aspx

Resource: Sesame Street Training Videos

The Sesame Street in Communities website has hundreds of bilingual multimedia tools to help families enrich and expand their knowledge during a child’s early years from birth through age 6. There are many resources available for community providers, such as Coping with Incarceration, Helping Kids Grieve, and Autism, that use research-based resources to improve child and family well-being.

Visit the website!

Bullying Awareness Day

Event Date

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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Event Description

Established as one of 21 Wisconsin Public School Observance Days to bring attention to the harmful affects of bullying in the school setting. Bullying may negatively impact a student’s connection with school, their engagement with the curriculum, and their overall ability to learn. Bullying prevention is critical to building a school environment conducive to learning and where students feel safe at all times. Observed annually on Wednesday of the fourth week in September.

Enacted May 12, 2010, from the 2009 Laws of Wisconsin, Act 309.

More information and educational resources are available on the Department of Public Instruction Social Studies Education Observance Days website or on the  Safe Schools Bullying Prevention website.

*info from https://dpi.wi.gov/education-events/events/bullying-awareness-day-2017

Evaluating SOC in Tribal Communities Webinar

Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI)
National Evaluation Web Event Training Series
Evaluating Systems of Care in Tribal Communities
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 2:30 – 4:00 pm ET
REGISTER NOW https://goo.gl/Ayzy4n

American Indian and Alaska Native Behavioral Health Webinar Series

Join us for a special webinar hosted by the American Indian and Alaska Native NPA Caucus

Project Venture, an evidence-based intervention, combines traditional native wisdom with positive youth development, social emotional learning, outdoor adventure, and service learning to create a unique approach that has been successful for more than 25 years. Beginning with a camp in Oklahoma during 1982, Project Venture has evolved into a model program recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that has been implemented in 25 states, 8 Canadian provinces, and Hungary. The National Indian Youth Leadership Project founded Project Venture and provides training, coaching, mentoring, curriculum development, and grant-writing assistance to program participants. The webinar will highlight the project’s core elements and guiding principles of this unique, internationally recognized native youth program and assist participants with exploring their readiness to implement it.

TOPIC: Project Venture – Positive Youth Development for American Indian and             Alaska Native Youth

DATE: September 20, 2017

TIME: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

SPEAKERS:

Moderator:

Dr. Francine Gachupin, Member, American Indian and Alaska Native NPA Caucus

 Presenter:

McClellan Hall, Founder and Executive Director of the National Indian Youth Leadership Project

Register Here*: http://tinyurl.com/ProjectVentureRegistration

View the abstract and bio here: http://bit.ly/2x8JEen

The American Indian and Alaska Native National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) Caucus provides a forum for members to increase dialogue across the country and to coordinate and enhance tribal, state and local efforts to address health disparities and the social determinants of health for AI/ANs.

Visit the AI/AN NPA Caucus website for more information: http://aian.npa-rhec.org/.

*If the registration link does not work, please copy the entire link and paste it into your web browser. For webinar-specific questions, contact the moderator: csantos@explorepsa.com.

Back-to-School Webinars and “Office Hours”

*Info from School House Connection.

t’s “back to school” time, and we’re pleased to kick off the season with a new webinar series that features guest state and local practitioners, as well as SHC staff and national partner policy experts. We’re also offering informal, open Q&A time through our weekly “office hours.” Schedules for August and September are listed below. Don’t forget our archives for the webinars on early childhood and higher education that we offered over the summer. We also encourage readers to check out webinar offerings by our partner, the National Center for Homeless Education.
SHC Webinars: August and September

 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT
McKinney-Vento and ESSA: Back-to-School Review
TO REGISTER:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4465619581429179907Thursday, August 31, 2017, 12:00-1:15pm Eastern
Getting to Graduation: Strategies to Award Partial Credits, Recover Credits, and Award High School Diplomas for Students Experiencing Homelessness
TO REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2154812276461166849

Title I and Homelessness: New Requirements and Best Practices for Funds and Data
Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT
TO REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7644737606399046401

Identifying Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM EDT
TO REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7616433978077054977

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT
Federal Policy Update on Child, Youth, and Family Homelessness
TO REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7694839052808989187

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT
Federal Policy Update on Child, Youth, and Family Homelessness
(PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A REPEAT OF THE SEPTEMBER 21 WEBINAR)
TO REGISTER: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4352816285993079553

To learn more about the topics and the presenters, and to register, see ourUpcoming Webinars page.

SHC “Office Hours:” Informal Q&A and Discussion
Our office hours are open forums for anyone to call in with questions about the law or implementation. SHC staff, along with guest state and school district practitioners, will host and facilitate these online sessions.

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT
This week’s topic: The McKinney-Vento Act and Every Student Succeeds Act amendments.
TO REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/232517406677716483

Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT
This week’s topic: The McKinney-Vento Act and Every Student Succeeds Act amendments.
TO REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6163759215436296707

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT
This week’s topic: The McKinney-Vento Act and Every Student Succeeds Act amendments, with a special focus on increasing high school graduation.
TO REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6729811990671206659

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT
This week’s topic: Title I and homelessness.
TO REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4413943634435460867

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT
This week’s topic: Identifying Students Experiencing Homelessness.
TO REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4339453920676909827

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT
This week’s topic: Early Childhood Education Services for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness, including child care, Early Head Start, Head Start, and preschool.
TO REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2600747805163115523

Please see our Office Hours page for a full schedule of topics, hosts, and registration links.

Webinar: CNAY Two-Spirit Project

Youth Empowerment Part 3: CNAY Two-Spirit Project

September 6, 2017

Times:

11 a.m. Alaska
12 p.m. Pacific
12 p.m. Arizona
1 p.m. Mountain
2 p.m. Central
3 p.m. Eastern

About the Webinar

The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) is engaged in a project to strengthen the understanding of Native Two-Spirit youth perspectives by surveying current engagement in tribal and urban communities. This includes understanding the current Two-Spirit landscape, needs, and available resources and services. The goal is to increase Two-Spirit youth voices in Indian Country.

In this webinar, CNAY Senior Project Manager Josie Raphaelito will join Olivia Cook with Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services to discuss Two-Spirit issues, and provide an update on CNAY’s Two-Spirit project. Ms. Cook will also provide an overview of the work being done in the Akwesasne community for Two-Spirit youth and wellness.

This is Part 3 of a webinar series in which The SAMHSA Tribal TTA Center joins the CNAY and members of their 2017 Champions for Change class to focus on youth empowerment in Indian Country.

 

Register for the webinar. You will receive a confirmation email. On the day of the webinar, use the link provided in your registration confirmation email. Please join 15 minutes prior to the webinar.