Quote: Mother Teresa

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” – Mother Teresa

New Funding Opportunity: Indigenous Project LAUNCH Due on 3/1/2017

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for FY 2017 Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health in American Indian/Alaskan (AI/AN) Native Communities and U.S. Territories and Pacific Jurisdictions Cooperative Agreements (Short title:  Indigenous Project LAUNCH).

The purpose of this program is to promote the wellness of young children from birth to eight years within tribes, territories and Pacific Island jurisdictions by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of their development.

The goal of Project LAUNCH is for children to be thriving in safe, supportive environments, and entering school ready to learn and able to succeed.

Applications are due on March 1, 2017

Please share this announcement with your colleagues and tribal stakeholders. For more information, visit https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-17-004. Please send all questions to IndigenousLAUNCH@samhsa.hhs.gov.

Tribal Histories on Wisconsin Public Television

Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) will be premiering three additional programs as part of the Tribal Histories project. These programs will include tribal members sharing their nation’s oral traditions from following three tribal communities:

Red Cliff Ojibwe History, Marvin DeFoe and Andrew Gokee

Air Times: Thursday, December 15 (7:30 pm on WPT) and Friday, December 16 (1:30 am on WPT)

Air Times: Thursday, December 22 (7:30 pm on WPT) and Friday, December 23 (1:30 am on WPT)

Air Times: Thursday, December 29 (7:30 pm on WPT) and Friday, December 30 (1:30 am on WPT)

In August 2015, WPT premiered the next series of programming as part of the Tribal Histories project, which included the following three programs:

In August 2014, WPT premiered the first three programs as part of the Tribal Histories project, which included the following three programs:

Programs featuring the other sovereign American Indian nations and tribal communities located within state of Wisconsin will air on WPT in the next couple years.

WPT’s Tribal Histories project is part of American Indian Studies and Wisconsin Act 31 Initiative to provide educational resources for teaching and learning of Wisconsin’s American Indian nations and tribal communities.

Dr. Bowman goes Deep into the Social Justice Iceberg!

iceberg2AEA 2016 TIG Panel Session, Deep into the Social Justice Iceburg: How Evaluation Helps Design and Drive Whole-Systems Change (a live K-12 example)


    • Thomaz Kauark Chianca (Managing Partner – COMEA Relevant Evaluations)
    • Nicole R. Bowman (Mohican/Munsee, Research/Evaluation – Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President – Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC)
    • Joanne McEachen (President & Chief Destiny Changer – The Learner First)
    • E Jane Davidson (President / Vice President – Real Evaluation / The Learner First)
    • Rodney K Hopson (George Mason University)
    • Ernest Robert House (Professor Emeritus – University of Colorado)
    • Sonya Horsford
    • Jacqueline Sakho

 Friday, October 28, 2016 | 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm EST | Room: Atrium Ballroom A

Session Information

From the session abstract: “Deep, lasting change for social justice can only happen when it goes right into the depths of the systems culture iceberg. That means changing not just policies, programs, and structures, but also ‘the way we really do things around here’. At the deepest level of all, it requires shattering dysfunctional beliefs and assumptions and embedding new ones. In this session, you will see a compelling live example of deep systemic change that is powered by social justice-driven evaluative thinking, design, methodologies and tools.”

Conference website

Conference agenda

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Video: How to Do Business with Tribal Gov’t

Dr. Nicole Bowman of Bowman Performance Consulting discusses how to do business with Tribal governments and enterprises. The entrepreneurial road is paved with many options and opportunities. Dr. Bowman says we know how to network with corporations, however we rarely learn how to do business with Tribal governments.  There are 11 tribes in Wisconsin and 1000s of businesses that you might be able to leverage for new work!

Watch this playlist for more!

Originally presented at WI Governor’s Marketplace 2015

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Dr. Bowman Spotlighted on Wisconsin Center for Education Research Newsletter!

uw newsletter circle bowmanDr. Bowman was spotlighted on Wisconsin Center for Education Research’s newsletter. She was congratulated for her appointment to LEAD Center.

About WCER

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s highly ranked public School of Education is one of the first and most productive education research centers in the world. It has assisted scholars and practitioners develop, submit, conduct and share grant-funded education research for more than 50 years.

WCER’s mission is to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners.

WCER is an incubator for advances in education policy and practice. It provides services and resources for UW–Madison researchers, graduate students and their collaborators, as well as educators, fundersand communities locally and around the world.

*Learn more at http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/

About LEAD

At The LEAD Center, We advance the quality of teaching and learning by evaluating the effectiveness and impact of educational innovations, policies, and practices within higher education. Rigorous, theory-driven methods and interdisciplinary collaborations anchor our approach to evaluation, leading to the adaptation and dissemination of evidence-based strategies in service to student learning.

*Learn more at http://lead.wceruw.org/

Slideshow: Chelimsky Forum on Evaluation Theory and Practice

Presentation by Dr. Nicole Bowman at EERS 2016 Conference.

The Eastern Evaluation Research Society will hold its 39th annual conference Sunday, May 1st through Tuesday, May 3rd at the Seaview Resort and Spa in Galloway, NJ. This year’s theme is Improving Outcomes, Building Knowledge:
Finding What Works.

Nominate WIEA Honorees!

wiea group pic

Photo Cred: WIEA

WIEA is now accepting nominations for this year’s award honorees! Categories for this year’s awards include: Outstanding American Indian Student of the Year, Outstanding Indian Elder of the Year, Indian Educator of the Year, Ronald M. Statz – Friend of Indian Education, and Indian Parent(s) of the Year.

Awards will be presented at the annual WIEA Conference Scholarship and Awards Banquet. Honorable Mention will be given to 2nd place nominees.

If you know an outstanding Indian person that fits the criteria, nominate them now! Don’t forget, non-Indian individuals are eligible for the Ronald M. Statz – Friend of Indian Education award!

Good luck!

*Award forms on WIEA

Native History and Today’s Native Scholars

What role does history play in a contemporary context?

Dr. Nicole Bowman speaks for herself, but believes her generation of Native scholars understands history from assimilation era on. They are well educated and well read in Indian culture and language as well as policy and leadership. Whether that’s economic, education, or social policy – this generation understands it and is in an era of accountability. Having cultural knowledge and professional or academic rigor we’re doing a really good job at holding folks accountable and you see a lot more going on, especially at the Federal level.

Dr. Bowman’s Ed Policy Study Applicable to Any Tribe

Dr. Bowman is asked by her PhD review board, “How applicable do you think your findings are to other native communicates who are concerned about some of the same educational issues?”

Bowman relates that her tribal ed policy study theories and techniques could be replicated in just about any of the 566 tribes – with minor tweaks. She acknowledges differences in laws, policies, resources, and program implementation, but reassures that one could look at their constitution, ordinances, laws and policies. Bowman’s framework could be in other tribal ed departments.

*View Dr. Bowman’s Dissertation Abstract to learn more!