Tiffany S. Lee is Blacksheep Diné from Crystal, NM and Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge, SD.
She is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico and
received her Ph.D. from Stanford University's School of Education in Sociology of Education.
She is former high school social studies and language arts teacher, teaching at schools on the Navajo Nation
and at the Santa Fe Indian School. In her research at UNM, she studies Native youth perspectives with regard
to language reclamation and identity. She also investigates socio-culturally centered educational approaches
for Native American students, which promote community-oriented goals, including language consciousness and
language (re)activation among Native students. Her work has appeared in the American Journal
of Education, Journal of American Indian Education, and Journal of Language, Identity, and Education and
in books, such as Indigenous Youth and Multilingualism and Diné Perspectives: Revitalizing and Reclaiming Navajo Thought.
Sharon Nelson-Barber directs the Culture & Language in STEM Education division of WestEd's Science,
Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) program. Her research centers
on understanding how the sociocultural contexts in which students live influence the ways in
which they make sense of schooling in mathematics and science. She has published extensively
and is editor and contributor to the book, Language, Culture, and Community in Teacher Education and will be speaking
on Looking Inward: Educational Practices that Optimize Learning for Indigenous Students.
Named the National Distinguished Principal from Arizona (1997) Dr. Boloz is also known as a poet and writer,
having produced eleven books of poetry and published over 400 pieces and articles in over 80 different journals
and books. In 2010, Dr. Boloz was inducted into the Arizona Rural Schools Education Hall of Fame and in 2012,
he was the recipient of the Arizona Reading Association's Celebrate Literacy Award, an annual state-wide honor
recognizing an adult who has made a positive impact in the literacy lives of children.|
Jennie DeGroat is currently a Senior Lecturer within the Bilingual Multicultural Education program at
Northern Arizona University. She is originally from the Eastern Diné Nation in
New Mexico. Her work involves Native Language Teacher Education, Reversing Navajo Language Shift & Oppression,
Oral Language Immersion Consulting and Indigenous Bilingual Education. Her previous experience includes
coordinating Navajo Language Immersion Camps with urban Diné
families living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also teaches language immersion classes for the
American Indian Language Development Institute at the University of Arizona in Tucson during the summer.
In addition to her work, she presents on topics of Language Revitalization in Native American communities
while focusing on the role of fluent speakers in these efforts.|
Dr. Henry Fowler is currently the Provost at Diné College. He is also a math teacher and a faculty member in the math department.
His Navajo traditional clans
are born for Bitter-water and born into Zuni-Edgewater. His maternal grandparents are the Many Goats and his
paternal grandparents are the Red-running-into-the Water. He is from Tonalea, Arizona. He serves as co-director
of the Navajo Nation Math Circles Project which works with the National Science Foundation, the National
Security Administration and a consortium of over 40 mathematicians across the United States to provide mentorship
to students and teachers trying to do the work of engaging Navajo students in good mathematics. His hands-on presentation
provides an overview of using Navajo culture, language, and
tradition to improve math curriculum for Navajo students and how culturally relevant math materials
can assist in improving math education.
Delsey Benally is currently a Program Specialist with the Arizona Department of Education
(ADE), under the ASPIRE Project. She is from Shaatoho (Shonto), located in Dinétah (the Navajo Nation).
Her work involves supporting the transition of Secondary-aged youth of the Diné Nation.
Her previous experience includes serving the state of Arizona as a Professional Learning &
Sustainability Specialist at ADE. She has also enjoyed a role as a certified Secondary
educator on the Diné Nation, providing teaching & learning spaces for young Diné
in grades 6-8. In addition to her work, she is collaborating with fellow researchers on Project Soar:
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy of Relations, which aims to cultivate space to engage Indigenizing
strength-based teaching & learning at Flagstaff High School.