BOZEMAN — A national leader on American Indian and Alaska Native education and an individual who spent 15 years advising American Indian and Alaska Native university students will serve as featured speakers at the annual fall Indian Education for All professional development workshop to be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Montana State University. Indian Education for All is a constitutional mandate that aims to ensure that every Montanan, whether Indian or non-Indian, learns about the distinct and unique heritage of American Indians in a culturally responsive manner.
Jim Burns, former director of American Indian/Alaska Native Student Success Services in the MSU Department of Native American Studies and a member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe, will speak from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Bill Mendoza, executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education who is an enrolled Oglala Sioux and has deep Sicangu Sioux roots, will speak from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
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As director of American Indian/Alaska Native Student Success Services, Burns provided academic advising and counseling services and also led the department’s recruitment, retention and graduation efforts. Burns’ talk will address student leadership development and cultivating a positive self-image; community building; services; and developing relationships and partnerships with faculty, mentors, staff advisers and key staff.
In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Mendoza as head of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education. Created in December 2011, the initiative is designed to help expand educational opportunities and improve educational outcomes for all American Indian and Alaska Native students. It also aims to further opportunities for students to learn their native languages, cultures and histories and receive a complete and competitive education that prepares them for college and a career. Mendoza earned a master’s degree in educational leadership through MSU’s Indian Leadership and Education Development (I LEAD) program. Mendoza’s talk is expected to address school climate; implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); grant development for language preservation; Native languages; strategies for addressing and curbing suicide; and states and school districts’ efforts to consult with tribes.
The workshop is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. No RSVP is necessary. Questions may be directed to Jioanna Carjuzaa, executive director of the MSU Center for Bilingual and Multicultural Education and facilitator for Indian Education for All professional development for the MSU community, at email@example.com or (406) 994-4941.
Carjuzaa noted that video links of the presentations will be available after the workshop. More information is available at http://www.montana.edu/carjuzaa/iefa/index-1.html.
Contact: Jioanna Carjuzaa, executive director of the MSU Center for Bilingual and Multicultural Education and facilitator for Indian Education for All professional development for the MSU community, (406) 994-4941 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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