Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Time: 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (PT) / 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. (ET)
American Indian students in the United States experience disproportionate outcomes in school—high rates of special education identification, suspension, and chronic absenteeism. In spite of the systemic inequities that affect Native American students, state education agencies (SEAs) employ few staff who specialize in American Indian education.
To address the challenges and complexities of American Indian realities in today’s society, SEA staff need resources for working collaboratively and respectfully with Native students, families, communities, and nations, especially to facilitate the use of data and evidence that can improve students’ academic and social-emotional outcomes. Each Native community features distinct and complex cultural, economic, educational, historical, linguistic, political, and spiritual foundations that present opportunities for welcoming and including tribally held cultural and educational resources to facilitate the use of data and evidence.
In this free 90-minute webinar, REL West invites SEA staff to explore principles and practices for working respectfully with Indigenous community members to advance educational equity for Native American students.
In this webinar, SEA staff will:
- Explore practices that will better prepare them to work with Indigenous peoples in their states, particularly around planning, collecting, analyzing, and using findings from data collection and research efforts
- Learn strategies for partnering with tribal community leaders using data and research to improve academic and wellness outcomes for Native students
A member of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, Niki Sandoval, Ph.D. is a Senior Development Manager at WestEd and supports state, regional, and local education agencies in aligning their education policies, strategies, and accountability practices to achieve more equitable outcomes for students.
Rebecca Perry, Ph.D., a member of the Chickasaw Nation, is a Senior Program Associate at WestEd. Her work focuses on math and science standards implementation and teacher professional development.
A member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Mario Molina, Ph.D. is the Native American Education Technical Assistance Specialist for the Region 13 Comprehensive Center at WestEd. He provides technical assistance to the Bureau of Indian Education and the states of Oklahoma and New Mexico.
Malachy McCormick, a member of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation, is the Organization Development Program Associate with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center at WestEd where he provides technical assistance, strategy, and support in the areas of change management, systems thinking, and organizational restructuring.