Connections That Create Health, Wellness and Security

At the heart of Iḷisaġvik College’s Restorative Teachings project is the desire to nurture and support meaningful connections between early childhood students, their families, and the community as a whole. It is through these connections that knowledge of language and culture, love, respect, and compassion are passed from one generation to the next.For the Iñupiat, an ancient people who have inhabited the northern regions of Alaska for thousands of years, potlucks are an opportunity to build and maintain strong connections.It is a time to gather with friends and kin, share highly prized subsistence foods, and revel in aġġi, the holding of traditional drumming and dancing, which are always accompanied by warm conversation and laughter.

On a cold, dark winter afternoon in Utqiaġvik (Barrow, Alaska), the staff of Uqautchim Uglua Learning Center escorted nine of their two- and three-year-old children and 14 family members to Aimaaġvik Assisted Living Center to celebrate the season with a potluck held for the elder residents. Aimaaġvik, loosely translated as “a place for home,” is one of Uqautchim Uglua’s community partners, along with its parent organization the Arctic Slope Native Association (ASNA). Joining the celebration were staff members from Aimaaġvik, representatives from ASNA, and members of Iḷisaġvik College administration including Iḷisaġvik College President Pearl Brower. Forty-five participants celebrated and shared the abundance of locally harvested foods such as tuttu (caribou), maktak (bowhead whale blubber), pivsi (dried fish), and aġvik quaq (frozen raw whale meat).

The cooperation of many hearts and hands contributed to the success of the potluck. Because of the community members’ compassion and willingness to share, this gathering created meaningful connections across generations. From the sounds of children laughing to the Iñupiaq language flowing from elders, it is these connections that are necessary for true health, wellness and security.

During subsequent visits, the children of Uqautchim Uglua Learning Center returned to Aimaaġvik Assisted Living Center to entertain the elders with holiday songs and traditional dancing. In January 2017, they also returned to celebrate and welcome the New Year with their “adopted” aakas and aapas (grandparents) from Aimaaġvik.

by Kimberlee Brent, Iḷisaġvik College, Assistant Professor of Education, and Heidi Ahsoak, Uqautchim Uglua Learning Center, Center Manager

 

 

My Journey as an Aspiring Culturally Responsive Evaluator with Stafford Hood!

My Journey as an Aspiring

Culturally Responsive Evaluator

Stafford Hood

Professor, Curriculum & Instruction University of Illinois
College of Education

Graduate student brown bag (i.e., bring your own lunch)
Friday, April 7, 2016 • Noon – 1:30 pm
UW Madison, Ed Sciences Building, Room 259, 1025 West Johnson Street

Sponsored by: 

Stafford Hood Presents… Carl A. Grant Scholars Lecture Series 2016-2017

Dr. Stafford Hood is lecturing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison April 6-7, 2017.

Come join us and hear about culturally responsive assessment and evaluation from one of the nation’s leading subject matter experts!  A lecture and brown bag provide opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to interact and visit with this warm, down to earth, and humble social justice scholar warrior.

As part of UW’s Carl A. Grant lecture series, Dr. Hood’s scholarly storytelling will provide a historical and practical way to understand and improve professional practice in this area.   “Continuing the Untold Legacy of African Americans in the History of American Evaluation: Another Installment in the Nobody Knows My Name Project” is Professor Hood’s research which continues to strongly influence the field of culturally responsive evaluation in education.

Dr. Hood is a recent American Evaluation Association Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory awardee, the Founder/Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment, and Faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Continuing the Untold Legacy of African Americans in the History of American Evaluation: Another Installment in the Nobody Knows My Name Project

Professor Hood’s research has influenced the field of culturally responsive evaluation in education by extending the logic of cultural responsiveness from pedagogy and educational assessment to evaluation. His work provided the historical framework that created a bridge between culturally responsive assessment to culturally responsive evaluation.

Presented By:

Stafford Hood, Sheila M. Miller Professor

Professor, Curriculum & Instruction and Ed. Psychology

Founding Director, Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation & Assessment (CREA)

College of Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thursday, April 6, 2017, Noon-1 pm University of Wisconsin – Madison, Ed Sciences Building, Room 259 1025 West Johnson Street

WIEA is in May!

The 2017 Wisconsin Indian Education Association Conference titled, MINO-AYAA ‘IDIIWIN: Let’s Be Healthy Together, will be hosted by WIEA’s Northeast Region and is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, 2017, at The Waters of Minocqua in beautiful Minocqua, WI. The conference includes events at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua and Lake of the Torches Resort Convention Center in Lac du Flambeau, WI.

The 2017 Conference includes early extended programming thanks in part to a partnership between The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or “The Network”, which is a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports to address racial disproportionality in special education and the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. On May 11, The Network will hold a training workshop at The Pointe Hotel in Minocqua.

Register Now!

Future Services Institute at the University of Minnesota Has New Opportunity

The Future Services Institute is seeking an individual to act as a project manager and become a key resource in the development of a Tribal/Urban American Indian Workforce Strategy. The project will target the engagement of representatives from Tribal governments, urban Indian community and the Department of Human Services and the Department of Employment and Economic Development. The focus will be on creating quality employment services that will support the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) programs. At the same time, the goal is to develop a comprehensive employment service matrix that includes other key tribal programs such as Tribal 477 programs and Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO).
The goal is to align employment training services and to increase employment opportunities within tribal and urban Indian communities within Minnesota. This project is facilitated by the Future Services Institute (FSI) http://futureservicesinstitute.umn.edu/), within the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and University of Minnesota, and is funded by MN Department of Human Services.

Grant Opportunity – Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announces the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funds for the Native Youth I-LEAD. This program will emphasize a comprehensive, culturally-appropriate approach to ensure that all young Native people can thrive and reach their full potential by fostering Native youth resilience, capacity building, and leadership. Native Youth I-LEAD will specifically focus on implementation of community programs that promote Native youth resiliency and foster protective factors such as connections with Native languages and Elders, positive peer groups, culturally-responsive parenting resources, models of safe sanctuary, and reconnection with traditional healing. Projects will also promote Native youth leadership development through the establishment of local models to instill confidence in Native youth of their value and potential, preparation of older youth to be role models for younger peers, and activities that foster leadership and skills-building. In addition, it is intended that Native youth must be actively involved during the planning and implementation phases of the projects to ensure that they are responsive to the needs of Native youth in the communities to be served and to ensure that youth remain engaged throughout the project period. DUE: May 22

 

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290439&utm_source=phplist446&utm_medium=email&utm_content=HTML&utm_campaign=Funding+Opportunities%3A+Native+Youth+Initiative+for+Leadership%2C+Empowerment%2C+and+Development+%28I-LEAD%29+Department+of+Health+and+Human+Services

Register for Let’s Be Healthy Together!

The 2017 Wisconsin Indian Education Association Conference titled, MINO-AYAA ‘IDIIWIN: Let’s Be Healthy Together, will be hosted by WIEA’s Northeast Region and is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, 2017, at The Waters of Minocqua in beautiful Minocqua, WI. The conference includes events at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua and Lake of the Torches Resort Convention Center in Lac du Flambeau, WI.

The 2017 Conference includes early extended programming thanks in part to a partnership between The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or “The Network”, which is a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports to address racial disproportionality in special education and the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. On May 11, The Network will hold a training workshop at The Pointe Hotel in Minocqua.

Register Now!

Landing Native American Scholarships and Grants for Colleges

101 Tips for Landing Native American Scholarships and Grants for College

Whether you’re a freshmen or a senior, life after high school has probably crossed your mind once or twice. If it hasn’t that’s okay, there’s always time to think about it. Some of you probably knew you were going to college early on; for others, it could be a fresh thought. In this free guide Dr. Dean Chavers addresses the subject of college scholarships available to Native students while debunking a variety of myths and false assumptions about scholarship applications. Chavers co-founded Catching the Dream, a national scholarship program for Native American college applicants. He’s well familiar with the rules and best practices that every student should know when applying for grants, financial aid and scholarships, and understands the frustrations experienced by applicants and scholarship program administrators alike. For a brush up on grammar before filling out those scholarship applications, Chavers ends with a quick lesson that will help you write better.

Get a copy of the full report here.

Register Now for the 31st Annual WIEA Conference Mino-Ayaa ‘Idiiwin: Let’s Be Healthy Together

The 2017 Wisconsin Indian Education Association Conference titled, MINO-AYAA ‘IDIIWIN: Let’s Be Healthy Together, will be hosted by WIEA’s Northeast Region and is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, 2017, at The Waters of Minocqua in beautiful Minocqua, WI. The conference includes events at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua and Lake of the Torches Resort Convention Center in Lac du Flambeau, WI.

Register Now!

The 2017 Conference includes early extended programming thanks in part to a partnership between The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or “The Network”, which is a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports to address racial disproportionality in special education and the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. On May 11, The Network will hold a training workshop at The Pointe Hotel in Minocqua.

Make sure to set aside this important date on your calendar! The 2016 conference set attendance records and drew people from across the country. The 2017 conference promises to be just as big and just as exciting as last year’s. Some of Indian Country’s biggest names will once again partner with WIEA to bring the latest news, information and opportunities in American Indian and Alaskan Native education directly to you! Click here to view the tentative 2017 Conference Agenda.

Tentatively scheduled events include the The Network’s Early Childhood Tribal Workgroup Training Session on May 11 in Minocqua at The Pointe Hotel; the Lac du Flambeau Wiijii’idiiwin (We Are Doing This Together) – Health and Wellness Expo at Lake of the Torches in Lac du Flambeau; awards banquet and concert by Swedish singing sensation Sofia Jannok at Lake of the Torches in Lac du Flambeau; and WIEA Conference Pow-wow at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua.

The 2017 WIEA Conference will feature Ahinwake Rose, Executive Director, National Indian Education Association; Dr. Ricky White, Superintendent, Circle of Life Academy, White Earth, MN; Mr. Justin Kii Huenemann, President & CEO, Notah Begay III Foundation and member of the Navajo Nation; and Dr. Jim Bouche, Principal/District Administrator, Lakeland Union High School, Minocqua, WI.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience all that’s great in American Indian education!

Who should attend? Almost anyone with an interest in Native American education is encouraged to participate, including teachers, students, administrators, parents, grandparents, legislators and tribal leaders.

Is there a cost? Yes, the Wisconsin Indian Education Association is a non-profit organization, with the annual conference being the main fundraising source for the organization’s annual operating budget. The cost varies depending on age and participation.

What will I gain by attending? You will gain an invaluable look into what’s happening in Native education. This, along with networking opprotunities, workshops, presentations, and keynote addresses provides an experience you won’t soon forget! And that’s not including the youth paint run/walk, pow-wow at Lakeland Union High School, annual awards banquet and special concert by Swedish singing sensation Sofia Jannok!

Hourly Opportunity for UW Madison Students

For any students interested in working with the partnership UW-Madison is crafting with our Wisconsin Native Nations, please consider this hourly opportunity with the Nelson Institute.

Looking for organized, attentive, and reliable students with experience in an office setting (work-study students are encouraged to apply).

Applications are being accepted until the position is filled! Anticipated start date February 6, 2017. More details about the position are included in the attachment. (Job Description)