Eighth American Indian / Indigenous Teacher Education Conference 
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA, June 15-17, 2017 

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Northern Arizona University's College of Education hosted its eighth American Indian / Indigenous Teacher Education Conference on June 16-17, 2017, with a reception on the evening of June 15. 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 http://list1.ucc.nau.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=indigenous-l&A=1. 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 http:nau.edu/aie. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find them.

Eighth American Indian / Indigenous Teacher Education Conference
June 15-17, 2017, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

Honoring Place, Community and Culture

Goals of the Conference


For more information about AIITEC conferences contact Dr. Joseph Martin (Joseph.Martin@nau.edu, Phone: 928 523 5933), Dr. Jon Reyhner (Jon.Reyhner@nau.edu, Phone 928 523 0580), or Dr. Louise Lockard (Louise.Lockard@nau.edu, Phone 928 523 8218)

Keynote Speakers

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Henry Fowler, Provost, Diné College

Dr. Henry H Fowler is a math teacher and faculty in the Math Department at Diné College. He has been teaching math for over 14 years. 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 started his formal education at age four at Kaibeto Boarding School in Kaibeto, Arizona. He received his mathematics education degree from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona and holds an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership and Change. His passion is promoting math literacy. He advocates social justice through mathematics. He also supports culturally relevant materials to guide math instruction. His quest is to combine indigenous epistemologies and social science perspectives to make the teaching of mathematics more relevant, effective, and useful for Navajo students. He has published Navajo Cultural Component Math Curriculum, Weaving Numbers, and wrote a chapter in the Voices of Native American Educators titled "Collapsing the Fear of Mathematics: A Study of the Effects of Navajo Culture on Navajo Student Performance in Mathematics."
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Megan Bang

Megan Bang (Ojibwe/Italian descent) is an associate professor of the Learning Sciences and Human Development at the University of Washington. She teaches in the Teacher Education Programs and is affiliated faculty in American Indian Studies. She is the former Director of Education at the American Indian Center (AIC), and pre-school, high-school, and GED teacher, youth worker, and museum educator and has taught in schools for juvenile offenders and students who were pushed out of traditional schools. Dr. Bang has been recognized as making early career contributions to both Indigenous education and teacher learning by AERA Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and Division K Teaching and Teacher Education.

Closing Speaker

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Hine Waitere

Hine Waitere is the Director of the Indigenous Leadership Centre at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane, New Zealand. She is Maori of Tuwharetoa, Kahungunu, Tainui and Tuhoe descent. She has taught extensively in general stream, bilingual, urban, rural and international schools, and has also been involved in pre-service and in-service teacher education at undergraduate and post graduate levels at Massey University, latterly within the Masters of Educational Administration program. Her research interests have involved Maori women in positions of responsibility working in educational contexts that span Maori immersion, bilingual and general stream programs. Her recent work focuses on the critical reflections of educators working to make sense of their own professional experiences as they work to thrive in increasingly diverse contexts.

Trauma Informed Schools Panelists

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Dr. Terri Bissonette, Educational Consultant at McREL International

Dr. Terri Bissonette is an enrolled member of the Bay Mills Indian Community of Anishinaabeg in Brimley, Michigan. She currently serves as the South Dakota liaison within the North Central Comprehensive Center (NCCC) where she works to build the capacity of the State Department of Education to effectively implement and administer programs to help low-performing school districts improve student learning, close achievement gaps, and sustain school improvement. She also helps lead the NCCC's regional efforts in improving Native American student outcomes. Dr. Bissonette also provides professional development and consulting to all levels of educators in districts and schools. Her consulting experience includes working with turnaround schools and schools with high numbers of Native American students. Her expertise encompasses K-12 literacy curriculum and instruction, conducting comprehensive needs assessments, designing continuous improvement processes, and building and sustaining school culture. Prior to coming to McREL, she spent 10 years working as a K-5 literacy teacher and as an instructor in an elementary teacher training program at a tribal college. Dr. Bissonette holds a doctorate of education in K-12 Curriculum & Instruction from the University of South Dakota.

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Dan Press

Daniel Press provides legal and Washington representation assistance to Indian tribes, Indian organizations, and companies doing business with tribes. He assists tribes with strengthening their tribal governments by helping them develop and implement ordinances that exercise the tribe's sovereign authority in such areas as employment rights and labor relations. He has also counseled tribes to obtain legislation awarding tribes hundreds of millions of dollars in land claims settlements, new health facilities, and new authority to promote employment on their reservations. Dan is also adept in the application of the Affordable Care Act to Indians and how tribal and other reservation health care facilities can use the Act to greatly expand the resources available to them to treat the underlying problems responsible for the serious health issues on many reservations. The subject of his presentation will be the work of the Roundtable on Native American Trauma-Informed Initiatives and the need for entire tribal communities to work together to implement comprehensive trauma-informed programs. While schools can be key players and the driving force, all of the institutions on the Reservation must be part of the initiative for it to be maximally successful. He will describe the efforts by the Roundtable to get policy changes in Washington DC, including a comprehensive trauma program initiative by the Menominee Tribe as an example.

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.

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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