Teaching STEM In Ways that Respect and Build Upon Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

What Is The Issue?

Indigenous ways of knowing are sometimes thought to be in opposition to and detrimental to the learning of Western Science or STEM. Consequently, indigenous ways of knowing are rarely engaged to support learning. If STEM learning is to be meaningful and transformative for Indigenous youth, respecting Indigenous peoples rights and related critical issues, including Indigenous STEM, settler-colonialism, and decolonization, must be understood and explicitly addressed in Indigenous youths’ informal and formal STEM learning experiences.

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American Indian Science & Engineering Society Opportunity for STEM students

Apply for the 4th “Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM” cohort! 

In 2014, AISES was awarded a 5-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the “Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM” program. The program’s goal is to increase the representation of American Indians, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiians in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty positions at universities and tribal colleges across the country. The program aims to create an intergenerational community of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and junior and senior faculty members.

This full circle of support will help guide students to successful degree completion and advancement to the next stage on the academic career path. In addition to full circle mentorship, the program strives to provide students with valuable academic and professional support, travel funding, and educational, research, fellowship, and internship opportunities.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Full time undergraduate student, graduate student, or postdoctoral scholar in a field within Biological Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Geosciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, STEM Education, or Engineering at an accredited four-year college/university or two-year college. Must be enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree.
  • Interest in becoming a faculty member at a college, university, or tribal college.
  • Have a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA), with consideration being given to applicants reflecting somewhat lower GPAs but with high potential to raise the GPA above 3.0.
  • Current member of AISES.

Selection of students will seek balance with respect to a diversity of tribes, geographic areas in the United States, STEM majors, and gender. While the focus is primarily on American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians, all AISES members are eligible. The selection process will attempt to ensure that a diversity of STEM disciplines is reflected.

Scholars in the program will receive an annual participation stipend of $2,250 for two years, and two years of travel funding to attend the AISES National Conference and AISES Leadership Summit or discipline-specific professional conference. Scholars will be matched with an AISES selected faculty mentor to interact with at least monthly.  Scholars are required to participate in skill-building, professional-development in-person programming and webinars. Finally, scholars will have the opportunity to engage in an active community of Native STEM researchers.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

  • You must be either an undergraduate student, graduate student, or post-doctoral fellow to apply.
  • Complete the “Lighting the Pathway” application online:http://www.aises.org/content/lighting-pathway
  • Submit the following supporting documents to bhall@aises.org:
    • Unofficial transcript(s)
    • CV/Resume
    • One Letter of Recommendation
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by July 24, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy DeerInWater at kdeerinwater@aises.orgor 720-552-6123 ext. 107.

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Fourth International CREA Conference

4th International Conference (September 27-29), Evidence Matters: Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment Translating to Action and Impact in Challenging Times (http://crea.education.illinois.edu/home/crea-conference-2017 ). Early registration rate deadline AUGUST 25, 2017

*More info to come!

September 26, 2017

Pre-conference workshops

http://crea.education.illinois.edu/home/crea-conference-2017/pre-conference-workshops

September 27, 2017

Indigenous /Native American Welcome Ceremony

Organized by Joseph Podlasek (Ojibwe) CEO of Trickster Art Gallery

http://www.trickstergallery.com/

Opening Keynote Address

Teresa LaFromboise, Ph.D.  Professor of Education and Chair of Native American Studies (Stanford University)

Welcome Reception

September 28, 2017

Morning Plenary Session: Evaluation in the Context of Race, Class, and Social Justice

Featured Speakers

Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D.  Professor, Curriculum and Instruction (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Ernie House, Ph.D.  (Professor Emeritus University of Colorado-Boulder)

Chair: Melvin Hall, Ph.D. Professor of Educational Psychology (Northern Arizona University)

Discussant: Rodney Hopson, Ph.D. Professor Educational Psychology, Research Methods, Education Policy George Mason University

Edmund W. Gordon Senior Distinguished Lecture and Luncheon

Senior Distinguished Lecturer

Guillermo Solano-Flores. Ph.D. Professor of Education (Stanford University)

Forms of Evidence that Also Matter: The Correspondence of Rigorous Methodology and Fair Assessment Practices in a Diverse Society

Chair: Peggy Carr, Ph.D. Acting Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education

Discussant: Karen Kirkhart, Ph.D. Professor of Social Work (Syracuse University)

American Evaluation Association Race and Class Dialogue (http://eval.org/RaceDialogues)

In person and Webcast

September 29, 2017

Luncheon Keynote Address

Robin L. Miller, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology (Michigan State University)

“Hiding in plain sight: On culturally responsive evaluation and LGBTQ communities of color”.

Indigenous/ Native American Closing Ceremony

Organized by Joseph Podlasek (Ojibwe) CEO of Trickster Art Gallery

CRCAIH 2017 Pilot Grant Seminar Series

Final Presentation of the 2017 Pilot Grant Seminar Series 
If you can’t join us in person, register to listen live online.

East-Metro American Indian Diabetes Initiative: An Evaluation of Innovative Community-based Programs to Improve the Health of Native Men and Youth

Tai Mendenhall, PhD, University of Minnesota, Family Social Sciences

Date: August 7, 2017

Time: 9:00AM – 10:00AM 

Register

NIHB Funding Opportunity for Public Health Accreditation

Applications Due September 1, 2017
 
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are pleased to announce a new funding cycle for the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative (Tribal ASI).
WHAT IS TRIBAL ASI? Tribal ASI is a funding and technical assistance program offered by NIHB to eligible Tribal entities to accomplish objectives toward meeting the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Standards and Measures in order to achieve public health accreditation.
WHY DO TRIBES CHOOSE TO SEEK PUBLIC HEALTH ACCREDITATION?

Tribes have identified the following benefits to public health accreditation efforts:
  • Credibility
  • Improved Quality of Services
  • Improved Health of the Community
  • Staff Pride
  • Improved State and Local Relations
  • Population Health Protection Assurances
  • Sovereignty
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR TRIBAL ASI? Official health entities of federally recognized Tribal governments, Tribal organization, or inter-Tribal consortiums, as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, as amended.
HOW MUCH FUNDING IS AVAILABLE? Up to $10,500 is available to each awardee.
BEGINNER COHORT NEW THIS YEAR! There will be a separate funding category for Tribal entities new to public health accreditation who wish to explore, in-depth, the potential of achieving public health accreditation with the option of taking the first steps on a path toward achieving such accreditation.  The Beginner Cohort will receive training, form a team, conduct a self-assessment and devise a plan for moving forward.
WHAT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (TA) FOR PUBLIC HEALTH ACCREDITATION IS PROVIDED?NIHB conducts monthly one-on-one TA for awardees, national webinars, training opportunities at NIHB national conferences, a monthly Tribal Accreditation Learning Community (TALC), and networking with other Tribal, national and regional resources.
HOW CAN FUNDS BE SPENT? Acceptable uses: Staff wages, Supplies, Equipment, Training, Travel, Printing, Media, Meeting Expenses, Incentives, Consultants
WHAT TYPE OF PROJECTS WILL THE ASI AWARD FUND? Some of the projects that have been funded in the past by ASI funds include developing and implementing:
Community Health Assessments ● Community Health Improvement Plans ● Workforce Development Plans ● Performance Management Systems ● Quality Improvement Plans ● Departmental Strategic Plans ● Documentation Review/Mock Site Visits ● Self-Assessments ●  Stakeholder and Community Engagement Activities
Work toward any of the PHAB domains will be considered as well as other activities related to public health accreditation readiness. See the PHAB Standards and Measures v1.5 for domain descriptions.www.phaboard.org
The request for applications (RFA) can be downloaded, completed as a Word document, then turned into a PDF for submission. Completed applications are due to NIHB via email by Friday, September 1, 2017, by11:59pm Eastern Time.   

2017 AIRA Meeting Call for Papers and Posters

The 2017 AIRA Meeting will take place FridaySaturday, and Sunday, October 20 – 21, 2017, with

Pre-Conference Workshops on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

 

The call for papers and posters is now open! Please see http://www.americanindigenousresearchassociation.org/annual-meeting/ for details. Abstracts are due to Lori Lambert (22leaningtree@gmail.com) no later than August 30.

Dr. Bowman Contributes to AEA Feminist Issues in Evaluation Newsletter

As we focus on intersectionality, we reached out to members of other TIGs to solicit their perspectives on and experiences with intersectionality. Three colleagues from different sectors and life experiences discuss how they address issues of diversity, equity, and justice in their evaluation work.
Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Lunaape), PhD is President of Bowman Performance Consulting and an evaluator/ researcher with the University of WI-Madison. She currently chairs the Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation TIG and is a member of the Independent Consulting TIG and Multi-ethnic Evaluation TIG.

In your own words, how would you describe intersectionality?
Intersectionality feels like linear lines but when I practice it, it is round and relational. I enjoy seeing where things “connect” and “are related” (like our Indigenous traditional teachings). So I conceptualize and practice intersectionality as paths crossing on our journey and hopefully paths that continue to circle around and back as I learn and grow from and with others.

Describe your feelings about intersectionality (particularly with gender/feminism) and its impact in/on your work?
Connecting and relations (AKA intersectionality) are central to my life (academic, professional, and personal). And these are not just thoughts but concrete activities and community-based or Indigenous concepts/frameworks that make my work with intersectionality multi-dimensional. They span the realms of physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional as I carry my work out with and in service to others/community. Gender and feminism are only things I have to think about when the western world impacts my life/work. Traditionally speaking there is balance and male/female (and all things) to keep life running smoothly (and work). Gender and feminism have become more important in my work as we seek to include diversity within all we do and gender, sexuality, (i.e. LGBTQF, etc.) really need to be considered more so that feminism also can be inclusive like evaluation should be with different notions of two spirit people.

How can work on intersectionality impact or propel learning to action (this year’s AEA theme)?
Gender and feminism have become more important in my work as we seek to include diversity within all we do within evaluation. Making feminism, gender, or sexuality primarily defined, represented by, and framed via a heterosexual lens is not sufficient and also is excluding a large percent of the population. Feminism, gender, sexuality, (i.e. LGBTQF, etc.) really need to be considered more so that evaluators and the field of evaluation is equipped with the skills, knowledge, and abilities to effectively work with, for, and value our two spirit brothers and sisters.

*Read more here: http://mailchi.mp/7628c56bc902/aea-feminist-issues-in-evaluation-newsletter-july-2017?e=e25a028289

APPLY NOW: EvalYouth International Mentoring Program for Young and Emerging Evaluators

INTERNATIONAL MENTORING PROGRAM for Young and Emerging Evaluators
Or through the following link: http://tinyurl.com/ybcgqj74

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

15 AUGUST 2017

·         Are you a young and/or emerging evaluator, seeking to establish and enhance you career in the field of evaluation?

·         Are you finding it difficult to advance your career due to limited professional development opportunities?

·         Are you looking for an experienced evaluation mentor(from your country/region or other countries/regions) to support, coach and guide you in your evaluation career enhancement effort?

·         Are your financial means limited and impeding you from realizing your professional development objectives to enroll in available professional development opportunities?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, then

EvalYouth Mentoring Program is just for you!

As young professionals, our career needs are sometimes demanding and it may be challenging to find the right guidance to create a successful career. Although there are many excellent evaluation mentors around the world, getting matched to one of these career builders may be challenging. Location, language, financial resources, etc. can be common barriers for young and emerging evaluators (YEEs).

A recent survey EvalYouth conducted, showed that 90% of responding YEEs believe that a global evaluation mentoring program is highly relevant and greatly needed. EvalYouth, through its mentoring program, supported by EvalPartners, fills this gap and provides opportunities for highly motivated YEEs to connect with more experienced evaluation professionals for a 6 to 12 month mentoring program.

EvalYouth mentoring program targets YEEs across all countries and regions around the world. We are looking for YEEs who demonstrate commitment to the evaluation profession, and are looking to commit their time and effort to the advancement of their career.

Important information about the Program:

·         Mentoring is for 6 to 12 months;

·         Mentee should be maximum 35 years old

·         Mentee should have no more than 5 years of experience in the evaluation profession

·         Mentee should have working knowledge of English

To get in touch:

·         For more information, visit our website:https://evalpartners.org/evalyouth

·         For further questions or clarifications, send us an e-mail:evalyouth@gmail.com

·         Follow EvalYouth on social media: Facebook, Twitter,LinkedIn, and YouTube

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 AUGUST 2017

Native Americans in Philanthropy now hiring!

Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) is excited to announce the opening of an office in Los Angeles, California! Working with the Minneapolis office, this addition will bring many new and exciting opportunities to engage more closely to the work happening on the ground and to strengthen our national outreach. Together, these offices will continue building connections between grantmakers and Native organizations and communities by engaging and educating philanthropic leaders about the issues facing Native communities across the country. Two offices will also increase NAP’s visibility, activity, and accessibility to different movements and our network of members, partners, and allies.

To better serve the network, we are also expanding our team! We are looking for great people to join our work in promoting reciprocity and investment in, with and for Native peoples to build healthy and sustainable communities. NAP is a powerful network of Native and non-Native nonprofits, tribal communities, foundations and community leaders committed to engaging, learning and sharing resources and best practices grounded the Native tradition of reciprocity.

We encourage highly motivated, talented, and dynamic individuals to apply for the following positions at our new L.A. office:

Help us find the right candidates by spreading the word! Share with your networks and encourage anyone you think may be interested to apply.

*Info from http://nativephilanthropy.org/

2018 Mother Tongue Film Festival – Now accepting Film Submissions!

2018 Mother Tongue Film Festival – Now accepting Film Submissions!

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC/USA

http://recoveringvoices.si.edu/MTFF.html

Films will be accepted until September 1, 2017.

 

About the Mother Tongue Film Festival

The Mother Tongue Film Festival, a collaborative Smithsonian annual event, initiated by the Recovering Voices Program of the National Museum of Natural History, celebrates the United Nations International Mother Languages Day by showcasing recently produced feature and short-length films about the cultural richness of Indigenous and endangered languages.

Partners

The Mother Tongue Film Festival is a collaboration between Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Programming support has also been provided by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Funding support for the Mother Tongue Film Festival has been provided by the three Smithsonian Recovering Voices partners across the Institution: National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of Natural History and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, with additional support from the Mexican Cultural Institute and the New Zealand Embassy. This program has also received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Submitting a film for the 2018 MTFF? Complete the 2018 MTFF Film Submission Link

Please complete the online submission form – and email RecoveringVoices@si.edu with any questions.