Education in Indian Country Conference

  Education Long Centered

How can the education of Native American children be improved?  The Education in Indian Country Conference will be held December 9-10, 2013, at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California. Through roundtable discussions and a series of panels, attendees will hear from experts as they discuss how to best address the many issues surrounding education. What are some ways that teachers can more effectively educate their students? How can low graduation rates be raised? What resources do students lack that would help them reach college? At the Education in Indian Country Conference, you will learn the answers to these questions and have the opportunity to network with professionals who are ready to help you help your children.

Who Should Attend:

  • Tribal Leaders
  • Council Members
  • Superintendents
  • Principals
  • School Board Members
  • Teachers

Event Venue

Morongo Casino Resort & Spa
49500 Seminole Drive
Cabazon, CA 92230
(888) 667-6646 ext 1
(951) 849-3080

Room Block Code: 1022NAT
Rate: $119

To speak with a representative about attending, exhibiting or sponsoring, please call: 201-857-5333

Printable Agenda

    • December 09, 2013
      • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PMThe State of Education in Indian Country: A Roundtable DiscussionThe current state of education in Indian Country is distressing. Native students are achieving less than their non-Native counterparts in most areas of schooling. From higher dropout rates to lower performance on testing, it is clear that there is a difference in the education of Native students. It is imperative to address these isuses in order to keep children in school and on the path to becoming leaders in the tribal community. In this panel, we will hear from school administrators and tribal leaders on their views on today's educational crisis and what they think can be done to address it.

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      • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PMEducating our Educators: The Most Effective Methods of Teaching Native StudentsNow that administrative issues and possible solutions have been identified, it is time to educate those who will be implementing them on a daily basis. Teachers interact with Native students most frequently and thus can make the largest impact on their education. In order to create a more conducive environment, teachers have a number of ways to make positive changes. They may seminars geared towards learning how to incorporate Native culture into their lessons, or even take steps toward including Native languages in the classroom. Administrators who have led their educators to becoming more effective in their teachings of Native children will share their experience on how to carry out such trainings in your own schools.

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      • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PMThe Benefits of Bringing the Community into SchoolsAlthough teachers have the most interaction with students in the school system, those who support students in the community should not be discounted when it comes to education. Support from parents, grandparents, and others in the community is essential to supplementing daily teachings. These role models are also excellent resources for cultural lessons; some schools have even incorporated community volunteer programs to keep them involved in day-to-day teachings. Community involvement ensures that the teachings that exist outside of textbooks will never be lost. We will hear from educators, program administrators, and volunteers who have developed such programs and learn how they have benefited their students.

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      • 3:15 PM - 4:00 PMLegislative UpdateWhile changes to education often take place on a school-by-school, district-by-district basis, legislative changes sometimes occur that can have a significant impact on Native education as a whole. In this panel, key legal players will update us on the current legislative landscape. They will also discuss the government's current role in education and how this may change in the future.

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      • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PMCase Study: The Morongo SchoolThe Morongo Band of Mission Indians has enjoyed recent success with their tribally managed private school. The Morongo School currently covers K-8th grade, will expand to include 9th grade in fall 2013, and will cover K-12 by 2015. The school offers many advantages, including low teacher-student ratio, lessons that include cultural activities and knowledge, and a curriculum that prepares students for college from the first day of kindergarten. Ultimately, the school is a prime example of how to use the educational system to nurture intelligent tribal citizens who will later contribute to sustaining tribal nations. In this panel, you will hear from those involved with the school and gain insight as to which of their practices can be adopted in schools nationwide.

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    • December 10, 2013
      • 9:00 AM - 9:45 AMDrinking, Depression, and Danger: A Look at Social Issues And Their Impact on EducationEven after legislative and school-wide concerns are identified and addressed, larger social issues still exist that have a marked effect on education. Drinking and drug use are extremely prevalent among Native American youths, and such substance abuse is often correlated with dropping out or poor attendance. Depression and suicide also run rampant, with Native teens and young adults killing themselves at more than triple the rate of other young Americans. Furthermore, students lack security, as Natives have the highest percentage of all groups to report injuries with weapons and fights on school grounds. Community figures and administrators alike will discuss how they are working together to resolve these issues and create the most positive experience for their students.

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      • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AMRaising Low Graduation RatesWhile there may be a difference in the volume of the population in public and BIA schools, they hold one thing in common: low graduation rates. Only 71% of Natives hold a high school diploma. Young Natives have cited many reasons for not completing school, most popularly boredom. Other common reasons for students dropping out include: feeling as if they are receiving an impersonal education, holding a perception that teachers do not care about Native American students, having a distate for popular passive teaching methods, and more. In this panel, leaders in education will discuss how to most effectively address this issue and identify potenital solutions to helping kids stay in school.

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      • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PMTaking the Next Step: Helping Native Students on to CollegeOf the Native students who successfully graduate from high school, only 11% go on to hold a Bachelor's degree. Many issues contribute to this low number, with a lack of resources being a major factor. Without adequate test preparation or access to counseling and information about colleges, students will not be fully prepared for the application process or enrollment. We will hear from an expert on Native issues who will discuss how to help students take the next step to earning a college degree.

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