Seventh American Indian / Indigenous Teacher Education Conference 
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA, June 16-18, 2016 

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Northern Arizona University's College of Education hosted its Seventh American Indian / Indigenous Teacher Education Conference on June 17 & 18, 2016. This conference for preschool, K-12, college, and university educators and concerned community members was designed through panels, workshops, and papers to share ideas for improving the lives and education of Indigenous children. Northern Arizona University's College of Education has worked with Indian Nations to improve the education of American Indian students for decades. It has hosted a variety of American Indian teacher and administrative preparation programs, including the well received Learn In Beauty program, and published a number of monographs, including Honoring Our Children: Culturally Appropriate Approaches for Teaching Indigenous Students and Honoring Our Elders: Culturally Appropriate Approaches for Teaching Indigenous Students. Drs. Joseph Martin and W. Sakiestewa Gilbert, who have been long involved in working to improve Indian education, are co-chairing the conference. To get updated information on next year's conference when it becomes available join the Indigenous-L list serve at Continuing education credit is available for conference attendees. Selected powerpoint presentations from the 7th conference are available on the American Indian Education web site at Scroll to the bottom of the page to find them.

Seventh American Indian / Indigenous Teacher Education Conference
June 16-18, 2016, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

Honoring All Teachers

Goals of the Conference

Conference Program
For more information about AIITEC conferences contact Dr. Joseph Martin (, Phone: 928 523 5933), Dr. Jon Reyhner (, Phone 928 523 0580), or Dr. Louise Lockard (, Phone 928 523 8128)

Keynote Speakers

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Tiffany Lee

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.
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Sharon Nelson-Barber

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.

Featured Speakers

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Sig Boloz

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.
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Jennie DeGroat

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.
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Henry Fowler

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.
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Delsey Benally

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.

The conference planning committee consists of Jon Reyhner (Conference Coordinator), Willard S. Gilbert, Joseph Martin, Louise Lockard, Jennie DeGroat, Kathleen Frank, Savannah R. Sydney and Christine Lemley.

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