Arizona Department of Education Updates and Resources
Student Strategic Planning Session
The Office of Indian Education (OIE) would like to invite you to participate in a strategic planning Zoom workshop designed to bring students' voices into the OIE Strategic Plan. Students will be able to brainstorm in small groups & collaborate in large groups about your ideas on improving education for Indigenous students in Arizona. We will be focusing on four main areas but welcome all of your ideas.
- Providing school district and communities with resources & tools
- Increase the pathways for Indigenous educators
- ESSA Tribal Consultation, policy development, and Tribal Collaborations
- Convening strategic partnerships with enhanced communication
The meeting will take place on Saturday, Feb 27, 2021, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Please sign up and register in advance for this meeting at this link.
Student Strategic Planning Session Registration
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any difficulties with registration, please contact the Indigenous Strategies communications director at [email protected].
CDC Guidance: Strategies for Safely Reopening
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is committed to supporting our schools as they expand or begin to prepare to transition to in-person learning. Recent CDC guidance supports safe in-person learning, but it is critical that local context and community support are taken into consideration. ADE is committed to supporting schools at every stage so that when they do resume in-person learning, they are doing so safely with mitigation strategies in place, enforced, and with the support of their families, students, and teachers.
Find more information here: https://www.azed.gov/covid-19/guidance-strategies-safely-reopening-elementary-and-secondary-schools
Resources and Update from OIE Partners and Stakeholders
Virtual Hopi Youth Leadership Program
The Virtual Hopi Youth Leadership Program is extending the registration date to tomorrow, Friday, February 26, 2021. If you know any student's grade ranges 9th -12th who may be of interest please have them RSVP at hopileadershipprogram.org The program starts on March 1, 2021, at 4 pm.
NEA Big Read Kick-Off: Evening Song with Luci Tapahonso, Laura Tohe, Amanda R. Tachine, Jake Skeets, Arizona Humanities
Saturday, February 27, 2021, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST on Zoom – Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nea-big-read-phoenix-evening-song-with-luci-tapahonso-laura-tohe-registration-137227331643
Celebrate the official kick-off of the NEA Big Read: Phoenix with Evening Song: A Conversation with Luci Tapahonso and Dr. Laura Tohe. In this conversation, Navajo Nation Poets Laureate Luci Tapahonso and Dr. Laura Tohe will explore Diné womanhood, the power of storytelling, and how Indigenous narratives can guide the way toward reconciliation, healing, and Native Nation-building.
The conversation will be moderated by ASU Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Amanda R. Tachine with additional comments by poet Jake Skeets. This event is presented in partnership with Arizona Humanities, will be live-streamed and recorded, and is open to the public and free.