Evidence Matters: Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment Translating to Action and Impact in Challenging Times

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 ). E

September 26, 2017

Pre-conference workshops


September 27, 2017

Indigenous /Native American Welcome Ceremony

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


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

NCAI President Brian Cladoosby: Meeting Hate with a Call to Action

Bowman Performance Consulting supports a peaceful, inclusive, empowered, and diverse existence on Mother Earth. Enjoy this call to action by NCAI President Brian Cladoosby: Meeting Hate with a Call to Action.


August 24, 2017


We are now 12 days removed from the appalling and tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and I am still struggling to process what transpired there and what it means for me as a Native person, an American, and a national leader representing a community of color in one of the most diverse countries on earth. I, too, am still coming to grips with the distressing response of our nation’s highest public official and others in government and the media, who morally equate the hatred and aggression of those bent on dividing our country with those who choose to stand against them in order to protect the core values of love, tolerance, community, and mutual respect by which most Americans live their lives.

Recent events in Charlottesville and elsewhere remind us of just how fragile the fabric that holds this country together has become. The political rhetoric that has come to infest our public discourse in recent years has emboldened the forces of racism and division to crawl from beneath the rocks under which they have long hid to proudly reassert their bigoted view of the world, their fellow man, what it means to be an American, and what makes this country great.

This groundswell of bigotry that all Americans observe daily on their TVs and smart phones – and that people of color personally experience – takes many forms. Intolerant attitudes. Hurtful words. And, increasingly, devastating violence. I think about the crime of hate perpetrated against Heather Heyer, who lost her life when she was crushed by a vehicle driven by a white supremacist in the hometown of Thomas Jefferson. I also think about the crime of hate perpetrated against Quinault Indian Nation member Jimmy Smith-Kramer, an innocent young father of two who recently lost his life in Washington state in the same fashion at the hands of a driver who reportedly screamed racial slurs and war whoops during the attack.

Jimmy Smith-Kramer’s story reminds us all that crimes of hate against people of color simply because they are people of color is not, nor ever has been, simply a “whites versus blacks” issue. Every one of the tribal nations across this country can lay painful claim to tribal histories strewn with various incidents of hate crimes against their ancestors for no other reason than they were Indigenous to the land, different than, or just in the way. And virtually every citizen of those nations today can lay claim to a family member or friend who has personally been the victim of race-based violence.

That, ultimately, is what the battle over the monuments of hate like the one in Charlottesville is all about – making this deplorable treatment of all peoples of color a thing of the past, once and for all. It’s about what we value as a nation, today, and what values will guide us in creating an America rooted first and foremost in equality. An America where your lot in life and how you are viewed and treated by your fellow Americans are not determined by the color of your skin, your faith, your dress, or your sexual orientation.

Having served as Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community for three decades and President of the National Congress of American Indians for the past four years has taught me that creating this America depends on one thing and one thing only: respect. Respect for one another, our differences, and the invaluable contributions we all make as Americans – including the First Americans, the tribal nations to which we belong, and the tribal governments that daily serve and strengthen tribal and surrounding communities.

But respect is not happenstance. It cannot be left to fate or wishful thinking. It is borne only of a genuine commitment and sustained action to learn from one another, to learn about and understand one another – especially those who may look, worship, and love different than you.

The long, unending process of building that respect must take place in our schools, where the complex history of America – and the histories of all of those peoples who compose it – must be taught in an inclusive, culturally appropriate, and factually accurate fashion. The teaching of that complex history, for one, must convey the fact that America, despite its long-held fables, was not “discovered” by white men. It was built around hundreds upon hundreds of long thriving tribal societies that continue to exercise their inherent rights as sovereign governments today, persevering in the face of centuries of mistreatment, marginalization, and genocide.

Building that respect also takes place at our family dinner tables, at our workplaces, on our streets, in our grocery store check-out lines, and on social media. Every such interaction is an opportunity to teach and to learn, to choose unity and tolerance over division and intolerance. And we must seize on every such opportunity.

Building that respect also takes place in the halls of Congress, the offices of the White House, the chambers of state legislatures, and the meeting rooms of county and municipal governments. We call on all elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels: back up your encouraging rhetoric with bold, forward-thinking laws and policies designed to hold the forces of racism and division fully accountable for their crimes against humanity and community. Send an unequivocal message that their values are not this country’s values. And fervently and consistently enforce those laws and policies without exception.

In sum, building that respect demands the active involvement of each and every one of us. We all have an obligation to act in every facet of our personal and professional lives to build our understanding of and respect for all of our fellow Americans, and to call out and condemn those – even friends, family members, and close colleagues – who out of ignorance, fear, or self-interest have chosen that other, darker path. If the last two weeks have taught us anything, it is that indifference and inaction serve as a breeding ground for the divisions we see ripping at the fabric of this great country. We should never forget the past, for it informs who we are and should be today. But we must own the future that we seek to create for our children, our grandchildren, our American brothers and sisters, and our generations yet to come by starting today. We each must do our part to heal our nation so that we can move forward as a nation. We have no more time to waste. There are no excuses for further indecision. The time to act is now.

Agenda Finalized for Food Sovereignty Summit!

The Food Sovereignty Summit is THE national forum for sharing and collaboration to build healthy food systems within our communities, and it’s scheduled for October 2-5, 2017, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. As always, it is co-hosted by First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.

The full agenda can be found here. Go to www.firstnations.org/summit for info or to register now!

This event is perfect for Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers, tribal agriculture staff, Native nonprofits working in agriculture, small producers, tribal producers and tribal leaders. Optional experiential learning sessions are scheduled, and the main Summit offers three training tracks:

  • Track 1: Applied Agriculture
  • Track 2: Community Outreach
  • Track 3: Products to Market

The planned Experiential Learning Sessions are:

  • Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm – Managed Grazing
  • Aquaponics
  • Environmental Restoration – “Trout Creek Headwater Tributary”
  • Apple Production, Processing and Outreach
  • Husking Bee
  • Oneida Market and One-Stop Tour
  • Oneida Farm and Buffalo Lookout

It’s all happening October 2-5, 2017!

Radisson Hotel
2040 Airport Drive
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54313

Dr. Bowman to Speak at CREA!

Dr. Nicole Bowman is to have an active share at CREA 2017! Please be sure to register for the following.

Dr Cram and Dr Bowman

Pre-Conference Schedule

Tuesday, September 26

Palmer House Hotel

9:00am – 5:00pm (with 1 hour lunch break)

CRIE Happy Tears Because Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE) is Here!!


Fiona Cram, (Maori/NgatiKahungunu) Ph.D. (Director, Katoa Ltd, Aotearoa New Zealand)

Nicole Bowman, (Mohican/Munsee), Ph.D. (President, Bowman Performance Consulting)


Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE) is a transformative evaluation model that provides flexibility to be implemented in diverse Indigenous contexts. CRIE provides the theoretical, methodological and practical evaluation design and strategies for carrying out a culturally responsive evaluation of services and programs provided for and/or designed by Indigenous peoples. Workshop content is structured around three key questions that help guide workshop participants through the CRIE model: 1. Who should undertake IE? 2. What do evaluators need to understand about Indigenous contexts? How should IE be done?

*Conference details and registration.

Funding Opportunities – Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

Be the first to hear about the next call for submissions by signing up for our e-news, following us on social media, or checking back nearer to the season.

At times of open calls, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation accepts electronic grant applications. More information is provided on how to apply when calls for submissions are announced.

Learn More!

Outreach Grant for Native American and Indigenous Presenters

The Association for the Study of Women and Mythology posted the following.

We are pleased to announce that ASWM has received a special outreach grant for our 2018 conference. This will fund participation by Native American and indigenous scholars and researchers. Proposals will be read by an outside panel of scholars, and applicants may be asked to provide certification of their tribal membership. ASWM will consider successful grant projects and articles for inclusion in our forthcoming Proceedings series.

Our external grants committee invites Native American and indigenous scholars, researchers, artists, and activists to submit critical, creative, and practitioner proposals on topics that address the identity and empowerment of Native American and indigenous women, girls, families, and the environment through women-centered mythologies, earth centered mythologies, story-telling, healing practices, inter-generational exchanges, and traditional knowledge and practices.  We encourage work whose objective is to empower both women and the earth to alleviate violence and suffering in both women and the environment. We invite proposals that demonstrate the application of traditional knowledge and wisdom practices in rectifying social justice issues pertaining to women and the environment.

ASWM 2018 External Grant Call for Proposals

ASWM External Grants Proposal Submission form

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
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
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


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.

#GenIndigenous Northern California Funder Tour

October 5-7, 2017 | Crescent City, CA

In the far northwest corner of California, Del Norte County is home to redwood forests, pristine coastline and 4 federally recognized tribes. One of The California Endowment’s (TCE) 14 Building Healthy communities sites, come visit a place based initiative just over the half way mark with the goal of creating health equity. What can building youth and people power look like in rural and Tribal contexts?

Through Generation Indigenous (#GenIndigenous), an initiative first started by the Obama administration in 2014, we work on improving the lives of Native youth by removing the barriers that stand between them and their opportunity to succeed. In a community with limited access to resources, grappling with educational inequities across race and socio-economics, there is a story of hope and power building as youth and families come together to build meaningful relationships and create systems change. Together we can elevate key issues and address the pressing needs of Native youth with culturally comprehensive approaches.

Join NAP and TCE this October for our Generation Indigenous (#GenIndigenous) Funder Tour in Northern California. Travel and lodging information will be posted soon! More information and cost can be found in the registration link below.

Register here!

Video of our WKKF Oral Health Eval Work with UCSF!

“There had to be a better way.” Native Americans suffer from the poorest oral health of any population in the United States, with staggering rates of untreated tooth decay among children. Valerie “Nurr’araaluk” Davidson, commissioner at the Alaska Health and Social Services, shares how dental therapists have helped a new generation receive better oral health care.

Watch video online here: https://www.facebook.com/KelloggFoundation/videos/1462807733784493/