12th annual Upper Peninsula Indian Education Conference Mon., Feb. 18, 2008

12th annual UP Indian Education Conference“Engaging American Indian Youth in the Classroom and Beyond”

Monday, February 18, 2008

Northern Michigan University

University Center

Marquette, Michigan

(Information on the following conference was sent to the Turtle Island Project by April E. Lindala, Director of the Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University):

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It is not too late to register for the 12th annual U.P. Indian Education Conference at Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI). This one day FREE gathering is for all educators and educators-to-be.

Our keynote speaker is D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas.

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To learn more about D.J. please visit his Web site at:

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http://www.nativediscovery.com

He promises to be an engaging speaker for all students and educators.

At the request of last year’s participants, we are pleased to announce special guest, Dr. Susan Faircloth, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership.

Dr Faircloth’s research focuses on the education of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students with disabilities.

She is specifically interested in the factors that account for the referral and placement of AI/AN students in special education programs and services in the early grades, the preparation of school leaders, and the moral and ethical dimensions of school leadership.

Attached is a listing of all of our presentations and presenters, several right from Northern Michigan University. Students in grades 6-12 are also welcome to attend and take part in a special tournament of “Monopoly on the Rez.”

Register online today at http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericans and share this information with others who would be interested.

(Register online by the end of the day Wednesday, February 13, 2008)

If you have any questions, please call (906) 227-1397.

Thank you very much,

April

April E Lindala, Director

Center for Native American Studies

Northern Michigan University

112 Whitman Hall

Marquette, Michigan 49855

PH: 906-227-1397

FX: 906-227-1396

alindala@nmu.edu

http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericans

More information on Conference:

12th annual UP Indian Education Conference

“Engaging American Indian Youth in the Classroom and Beyond”

Monday, February 18, 2008

University Center – NMU

THIS IS A FREE CONFERENCE.

Register online by the end of the day Wednesday, February 13, 2008.

List of Presenters and Topics:

American Indian Education On-line Seminars

Presenter: Dr. Martin Reinhardt

This is an interactive session where participants will be engaged in four seminar samplers from the American Indian Education On-line seminar series.

The seminars are provided in partnership between the Tribal Education Departments National Assembly (TEDNA), the Interwest equity Assistance Center, and School of Education at Colorado State University.

Indinawemaaganidog (All my relatives) – An inter-active Anishinaabe language resource CD

Presenter: Jim St. Arnold from Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

Indinawemaaganidog (All my relatives) and Gidakiiminaan (Our Earth), two inter-active Anishinaabe language CDs and the Anishinaabe Atlas will be presented.

Participants will be able to explore the CDs and discuss ways in which they can be used in the classroom beyond teaching the Anishinaabe language. Target audience – Native language teachers.

Information Technology at Home and School: Access and Usage by Native American High School Students

Presenters: Abhi Jain teaches Computer Information Systems at NMU. Carol Bell teaches Mathematics Education at NMU.

How do Native American high school students use information technology compared to other high school students?

We will inform educators about the implications and challenges of ensuring that Native American students have adequate and equitable access to information technology.

Math in a Cultural Context Presenter:

Richard Sgarlotti is the Projects Coordinator of the Hannahville Indian School and has also been the mathematics teacher for 15 years.

He is also the author/editor of the book “Creating a Sacred Place for Students in Mathematics,” published by the National Indian School Boards Association.

Learn how to incorporated cultural connections with materials and activities available, which can be done in your classrooms.

Participants will be shown ways to incorporate Culture Based Mathematics into any K-12 classroom, based on the following: American Indian Contributions to Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts in Traditional Culture, Mathematical Concepts in Present Day Cultural Activities, Mathematics in the Study of Indian People, American Indian Mathematicians/Scientists- Past and Present

Monopoly on the Rez

Presenters: Richard Sgarlotti is the Projects Coordinator of the Hannahville Indian School and worked with students to develop the game and curriculum.

Four students who worked on the game will do most of the presentation.

Staff and students from the NMU Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship will also assist. Students from the Hannahville Indian School will present a PowerPoint slide school about the game and have participants actually play the game.

Participants will learn how to develop the Monopoly on the Rez game for their own communities.

This includes having students research the financial terms of Monopoly and playing the game.

Northern Michigan University’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship: A U.P. Wide Resource

Presenter: Dr. Tawni Ferrarini, Director

Learn about a variety of resources, ideas and description of services available in the Upper Peninsula to K-12 teachers and youth coordinators interested in advancing young people’s understanding of entrepreneurship, market economics, personal finance, and business ethics.

Experienced based activities, classroom projects, youth camps, and after-school sessions are summarized. Opportunities to collaborate will be discussed.

Office of Indian Education: Digital Workshops for Teachers

Presenter: Dr. Judy Puncochar, Assistant Professor – School of Education

Description forthcoming

Risk and Resiliency: Unpacking the Disproportionate Representation of American Indian/Alaska Native Students in Special Education Programs and Services

Presenter: Dr. Susan Faircloth, co-director of the Center for the Study of Leadership in American Indian Education.

A discussion of the cognitive, behavioral and contextual/environmental factors that contribute to the disproportionate representation of American Indian and Alaska Native students in special education programs and services.

Emphasis will be placed on the role of administrator training, parent-school-community collaboration, and early childhood education/early intervention services in the development and delivery of culturally and linguistically appropriate services for students with special educational needs.

Saving the Mohawk Language: Akwesasne Freedom School

Presenter: Elvera Sargeant

The Akwesasne Freedom school was founded in 1979 by Mohawk parents concerned that their language and culture would die.

The Mohawk “Thanksgiving Address,” is used as a curriculum base.

The Akwesasne Freedom School combines solid academics with a foundation in Mohawk culture.

It is the only program of its kind in the US.

Storytelling Science with the Eagle Books: A Native American teaching style that suits all sorts of students

Presenters: Lynn Aho (PhD) and Stephanie Pinnow (MS) are members of the development team for the ‘Health is Life in Balance’ curriculum

Explore storybook science with the vividly illustrated Eagle Books, in which a wise eagle reminds children of traditional ways to be healthy.

The books and activities present a positive view of health that is culturally consistent for Native Americans, appealing to all children, and introduces key concepts in life sciences.

Youth Camps: Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Presenters: Azael Meza, Program Coordinator & Gisele Zenti, Activities Coordinator

The program and activities coordinator of the Lac du Flambeau Youth Entrepreneurship and Leadership Program discuss how desires to hone the entrepreneurship and leadership skills of the youth of the Lac Du Flambeau Tribe motivated them to search for funding, resources and activities that made it so.

From planning to implementation to evaluation of camp outcomes, the process is described. How the “Tiny Warrior” by DJ Vanas and economic education materials and activities were integrated is also presented.

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