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Shaping the Future of Indigenous Early Learning

A Visioning Workshop for Investment in Native American Early Childhood Education

May 15, 2019
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Shaping the Future of Indigenous Early Learning

Event Details

Location: The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Date: May 15, 2019

Event Description

Co-hosted by the Center for Indian Country Development and the American Indian College Fund, this national dialog addressed the critical need for Native American early childhood education and the role that tribal colleges and universities play in strengthening early childhood systems of care and learning. Educators, funders, researchers, and policy makers explored ways to strategically and effectively invest in the educational experience of Indigenous early learners.

Event Program and Materials

Speaker Biographies
Featured Tribal Colleges and Universities Project Directors Biographies

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Welcome and Opening Remarks | Video
Sharon Day, (Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe), Executive Director, Indigenous Peoples Task Force
Patrice H. Kunesh, (Standing Rock Lakota), Assistant Vice President and Director, Center for Indian Country Development
Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull, (Sicangu Lakota), President & CEO, American Indian College Fund

Panel - National Context

“A Snapshot of Early Childhood Development in American Indian Communities”
Rob Grunewald, Economist, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis | Video | Presentation

“Funding Early Childhood Development and Educational Sovereignty”
Andreas Hipple, Executive Director, Better Way Foundation | Video | Presentation

“Understanding the Needs of Tribal Early Childhood in Indian Country”
Barb Fabre, Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Visioning | Video | Presentation

“Coming Together to Build Strength-Based Partnerships with Families, Providers and Communities”
Dr. Josh Sparrow, Executive Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center | Video | Presentation

Interactive Small Group Breakout Conversations - Five Domains

“Native Language and Culture”
Dr. Amy Burland, Project Director, Salish Kootenai College

“High-Quality Teacher Education”
Cheryl LaRose, Early Childhood Program Officer, Representing Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

“Family and Community Engagement”
Nahrin Aziz-Parsons, Project Director, Northwest Indian College

“Children’s Thinking & Development”
Dr. Janine Pease, Project Director, Little Big Horn College

“Successful Pathways and Transitions”
Sara Montgomery, Project Director, Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College

Touring Our Collective Work at TCUs: ‘Community-Based Programming

Salish Kootenai College, “Our People’s Timeline: Community STEM Season By Season”

Northwest Indian College, “Engaging Native Children in STEM: What Our X’epy (Cedar People) and Scha’nexw (Salmon People) Can Teach Us About the World and Cosmology”

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, “Giminogi’awasaanaanig nitaawigi’angwaa (Raise children in a good way as they grow)”

Little Big Horn College, “Hinne Baape Itchick: ECE STEM Family Learning Project”

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, “Gimaadaadizimin: We All Start a Journey”

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, “Strengthening Our Collective Capacity: A Community-Based Initiative Supporting Early Childhood STEM Opportunities & Teacher Development”

Reflective Discussion & Call to Action | Notes
Table Discussion Leads:
Dr. Frank Getridge, Program Officer, W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Andreas Hipple, Executive Director, Better Way Foundation
Dr. John Jackson, President and CEO, Schott Foundation for Public Education
Dr. Joe Graham, Native American Agriculture Fund

Dr. Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz (Diné), Vice President for Program Initiatives, American Indian College Fund

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