Webinar: “USDA Farm-to-School Grants”

FREE WEBINAR!

USDA Farm-to-School Grant-Application Process: Engaging Tribal Communities & Producers
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Noon Pacific / 1 p.m. Mountain / 2 p.m. Central / 3 p.m. Eastern

Coming up in the free First Nations Knowledge webinar series is USDA Farm-to-School Grant-Application Process: Engaging Tribal Communities & Producers. This webinar will provide an overview of the FY 2018 Farm-to-School Grant Request for Applications. Learn about the goal of this funding opportunity, eligibility requirements, the application process, and how to set your team up for grant-application success! This webinar is tailored to applicants interested in crafting proposals that will serve Native communities.

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)

Dr. Bowman’s NIEA Keynote: Indigenous Innovations: Honoring the Sacred and Asserting the Sovereign in Education through Evaluation

*View on SlideShare Dr. Bowman’s keynote, Indigenous Innovations: Honoring the Sacred and Asserting the Sovereign in Education through Evaluation.

About Dr. Bowman

Dr. Nicole Bowman is the president and founder of the nationally award-winning Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) in Shawano, Wisconsin. Dr. Bowman earned her PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison). Her dissertation is recognized as the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional educational policy study in the country to systemically examine how Tribal and non-Tribal educational policy is developed and implemented as public and Tribal governments intersect to educate Indigenous students attending K-12 public schools. Through her work at BPC and UW-Madison, she provides culturally responsive evaluation, research, and policy subject matter expertise where Tribal and non-Tribal governments and organizations collaborate. These projects and initiatives work towards improving the health, economy, education, justice, social, cultural, and human service outcomes for Indigenous populations in reservation, rural, urban, and international community contexts. Dr. Bowman has contributed over two decades of culturally responsive and multi-jurisdictional evaluation, research, training and technical assistance. Dr. Bowman has an academic appointment at UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research as a subject matter expert in culturally responsive research, policy, and evaluation through the Learning through Evaluation, Adaptation and Dissemination (LEAD) Center and the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC) Center. She is also an affiliate researcher for the Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) Center at the University of Illinois-Urbana. Dr. Bowman’s practical, passionate, and effective leadership attributes resonate and empower others at every level.

About NIEA

The National Indian Education Association advances comprehensive, culture-based educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

NIEA Vision Statement
Our traditional Native cultures and values are the foundations of our learning therefore, NIEA will:

  • Promote educational sovereignty;
  • Support continuing use of traditional knowledge and language;
  • Improve educational opportunities and results;

in our communities.

The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) was formed in 1970, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by Native educators who were anxious to find solutions to improve the education system for Native children. The NIEA Convention was established to mark the beginning of a national forum for sharing and developing ideas, and influencing federal policy.

NIEA adheres to the organization’s founding principles: 1) to bring Native educators together to explore ways to improve schools and the schooling of Native children; 2) to promote the maintenance and continued development of Native languages and cultures; and 3) to develop and implement strategies for influencing local, state, and federal policy and policymakers.

Based in Washington, D.C., NIEA is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors elected annually by membership. Executive Director Ahniwake Rose, who reports to the board, leads NIEA’s dedicated staff of advocates.

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.

OCIE Conference Workshop Proposal

OCIE has begun taking proposals for workshops and poster presentations for the 38th Annual Oklahoma Council for Indian Education Conference, which will be held December 4 & 5 in Durant. Please share this with anyone you think may be interested. For the first time, OCIE is offering a poster presentation session and would love to have a great turnout. This is a wonderful opportunity for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well educators to present their ideas and projects!

The Call to Conference information is in the works and should be available in the next couple of weeks. We will have it on our website when it becomes available: http://oklahoma-ocie.org/index.html

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

Article: Curriculum development, lesson planning, and delivery: A guide to Native language immersion

Congrats to Martin Reinhardt on publishing “Curriculum development, lesson planning, and delivery: A guide to Native language immersion!”

Abstract: In 2016, Dr. Martin Reinhardt and Dr. Jioanna Carjuzaa produced a series of three webinars concerning Indigenous language immersion programs. The first webinar focused on broad curriculum development ideas including core relationships, guidelines and principles for effective pedagogy, and models. The second webinar focused on the elements of lesson planning. The third and last webinar focused on assessments and the use of rubrics aligned with Indigenous language standards. The content of the webinars has been transposed into the following chapter with certain modifications.

Subjects: Education; Education Studies; Multicultural Education; Curriculum Studies

Read the full article online!

Job Announcement: Assoc. or Full Professor of Evaluation- Department of Educational Psychology

The Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, announces a position for a leading scholar in evaluation.  This position affirms Illinois’ decades of national and international leadership in contemporary evaluation theory and practice that consequentially strengthens educational and social programs and policies.

This evaluation scholar will join a diverse community of educational researchers with shared commitments to equity and social justice.  Our diversity lies not only in the demographics of our faculty and graduate students, but also in evaluative and research methodologies and epistemologies. The Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois is widely recognized as one of the top five Educational Psychology Departments in the country; our College of Education is in the top 25. There are many opportunities to collaborate on evaluation projects with top-ranked programs across campus (e.g., College of Engineering, School of Social Work, National Center for Super Computing Applications, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Human Development and Family Studies, and the new College of Medicine). We seek a colleague in evaluation who will contribute to our notable scholarship and further enhance our national leadership in educational evaluation.

 

Further details can be found at https://jobs.illinois.edu/faculty-positions/job-details?jobID=85109&job=college-of-education-associate-or-full-professor-of-evaluation-educational-psychology-f1700089

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.