Just Released: ESSA Guide for Tribal Leaders & Communites

The Tribal Consultation Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: A Guide for Tribal Leaders and Communities practice brief was created in partnership with the Midwest Comprehensive Center and Drs. Nicole Bowman and Martin Reinhardt of Bowman Performance Consulting. MWCC is directed by American Institutes for Research on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education.

From the introduction:
“This brief provides an overview of tribal consultation requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, Public Law 114-95, the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965.11 All references to “ESSA” in this document refer to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. ESSA replaces the requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, the previous reauthorization of the United States’ national education law.”

Click here to view the full 14-page document.

Midwest Comprehensive Center American Indian Education Newsletter: April 2017

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Hawaii: Hawaiians try to convince the state legislature to continue Hawaiian native education at the college level. Hawaii Tribune Herald

Michigan: Malcolm High School uses Running Strong for American Indian Youth grant money to teach a new course on Native American culture. Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

Minnesota: Cultural liaison mends ties between the Native American community and the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District. Savage Pacer

Minnesota: A group of Rochester parents are pushing their district to provide trainings to teachers on American Indian education and to communicate more about the needs and progress of American Indian students. Education Week

Minnesota: Graduation rates for American Indian students increase as achievement gaps continue to close. Hometown Source

Montana: Teachers share creative ways to teach about the cultural heritage and history of American Indians at the 11th Annual Indian Education for All Best Practices Conference. Helena Independent Record

Oklahoma: A new report from the National Indian Education Study shows Oklahoma’s American Indian students leading the nation in fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math scores. Examiner Enterprise

South Dakota: Native American Education Program brings recognition to Native culture in the Hot Springs community. Rapid City Journal

Utah: The Nebo Indian Education program held a Title VI Storytelling Night featuring storytellers who shared their cultural knowledge through hand drum songs and dances. NEBO

Wyoming: Legislators pass an Indian Education for All bill that will provide education materials for the 48 school districts across the state. Billings Gazette



Midwest Comprehensive Center American Indian Education Newsletter: February 2017

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Arizona: Native American students from the Havasupai tribe in Arizona have brought a lawsuit against the federal government for failing to provide necessary education support. Pacific Standard

California: The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians are the only tribal group in the nation awarded a Promise Neighborhood Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Red Bluff Daily News

Kansas: A group of University of Kansas researchers has coauthored a study demonstrating that the ways children learn and speak the language in a Cherokee immersion school are an ongoing process of renewal rather than a return to an idealized notion of “speakerhood.” Phys.org

Minnesota: St. Paul’s 40 elementary schools are on Year 4 of a program to teach all children in St. Paul about the state’s Native peoples, particularly the Dakota. In These Times

Minnesota: The American Indian Education program at Forest Lake Area High School provides students an activity or project focused on the past, present, and future of Native American history, culture, and current events each week. Forest Lake Area

Wyoming: The Wyoming House has passed a bill requiring that the cultural heritage, history, and contemporary contributions of American Indians are addressed in the Wyoming social studies content and performance standards. Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Working Together!

We are happy to help out!

“AIR partners with Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) and WestEd to operate the Midwest Comprehensive Center. BPC is a professional consulting and scientific research and evaluation company based in Shawano, Wisconsin. BPC brings deep expertise in American Indian education issues to the Midwest Comprehensive Center team. WestEd is a nonprofit research, development, and service agency based in San Francisco, California. WestEd serves as the external evaluator for the Midwest Comprehensive Center.”

About AIR:

“The Midwest Comprehensive Center at American Institutes for Research (AIR) was launched in October 2012 under a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Midwest Comprehensive Center provides technical assistance to the state education agencies (SEAs) of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin with a focus on building the capacity of the SEA to support districts and schools to ensure that all students graduate high school ready for college or a career. Technical assistance is tailored to each state’s individual needs while also being aligned to the priorities of the U.S. Department of Education.”


MN Indian Ed Conference “Spotlight” on AIR Midwest

The MN Indian Ed Conference is now a “spotlight” on the AIR Midwest Comprehensive Center homepage.  It is the ONLY event being highlighted there presently.  That homepage is here:  http://midwest-cc.org/.  Our spotlight is in the right hand corner of the homepage.

Other links:

*        The PDF of the conference flyer is here:  http://midwest-cc.org/sites/default/files/minnesota-summit.pdf.

*        And the 2013 MN Indian Ed Conference Website for registering to attend the  September 23rd event is here:  http://www.mn-indianed.org/

Learn more about the Conference and Bowman’s role: https://bpcwi.com/minnesota-american-indian-education-summit/

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