Indian Education For All - Early Childhood Educators' Conference

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Salish Kootenai College

58138 U.S. 93

Pablo, MT 59855

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Mtaeyc is proud to present the first Indian Education For All Conference specifically geared toward educators of children 0-8 years.

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Our immediate goals for this year's conference were created in response to the National Association for the Education of Young Children's call for equity and responsiveness to cultural diversity. Working in close collaboration with Salish-Kootenai College, Mtaeyc is proud to present the first Indian Education for All - Early Childhood Educators' Conference for the state of Montana. This conference, held at the college on the Flathead Reservation in Pablo, Montana will invite tribal experts to represent the broad cultural spectrum of the dynamic tribes from across Montana to teach courses from their perspective. This phenomenal event will inspire and inform teaching practices in a respectful manner, honoring the first people of Montana.

Early childhood educators currently have limited resources for understanding and teaching Native American Studies in a culturally responsive manner. Many early childhood educators fear that they will misrepresent tribes and cultures, therefore ignoring this critical history and cultural perspective while planning instruction for our youngest citizens. This conference will begin an imperative conversation about how and why to teach about Montana tribes using developmentally and culturally appropriate tools and instructional methods.

Friday - October 4, 2019

**(Friday events are free with any combination of registration)

  • Museum tours, 1:00 - 5:30
  • Networking Party 6:00

Saturday - October 5, 2019

  • Networking Breakfast, 8:00
  • Keynote - Joyce Silverthorne, Indian Education For All, 8:45 - 10:45
  • Break & Snack
  • Session One, Historical Perspectives or Language Preservation, 11:00 - 1:00
  • Mtaeyc Luncheon, Entertainment, & Awards, 1:00
  • Session Two, Curriculum Planning or Indigenous STEM Project, 2:00 - 4:00
  • Session Three - In the Spirit of ʔAtatíc̓eʔ: The Untold Story of the National Bison Range Film & Discussion (with heavy appetizers provided), 4:30 - 6:30

Sunday - October 6, 2019

  • Networking Breakfast, 8:00
  • Keynote - Kathleen Kempe, National Association for the Education of Young Children - Power to the Profession, 8:30 - 12:30

Meet Joyce Silverthorne, Indian Education Specialist:

Joyce was born in Colorado Springs, CO where her father was stationed with the US Air Force. Her mother and father met as new employees of the BIA in Washington, DC. Her mother was enrolled Kickapoo from Kansas. Upon retirement, her father brought the family back home to the Mission Valley where Joyce attended school. In spite of dropping out of high school in her senior year, Joyce earned a GED, a B.A. in Business Education with a minor in Native American Studies (NAS), and a M.Ed. in Education from the University of Montana. In 1996, she was accepted to Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, and earned candidacy for a Ph.D. The emphasis of her 42 years of work in 7-12 and higher education are on broadfield business, NAS, native language acquisition, and Montana Indian Education For All. She taught five years at Two Eagle River School and sixteen years at Salish Kootenai College. She completed a M.Ed. in Education Administration. Joyce served as the Tribal Education Director for CSKT, the P-20 Policy Advisor for the Montana Office of Public Instruction, and as the Director of the Office of Indian Education at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. Joyce was a gubernatorial appointee to the Montana Board of Public Education for ten years, a Presidential appointee to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education for four years, and has received serval awards for service.

Joyce's commitment to language began as a promise to a high school classmate, Clarence Woodcock, who later became instrumental to creating a writing system and language classes in Salish as the Director of the Salish and Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee. As a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother the role of language has become a personal passion and professional concern.

Meet Katherine Kempe:

Katherine Kempe is Senior Director for Professional Recognition and Advancement with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) where she leads Power to the Profession, a national collaboration to establish a unified framework for the early learning profession. Kat is driven by a passion to create policies and systems that lead to the optimal environments to support the healthy development of children and the adults who care for them.

Before coming to NAEYC, Kat spent over a decade working in Minnesota’s early learning community focusing on community engagement and elevating the voices of parents and early learning professionals at the state Capitol. Kat has experience advancing public policy at local, state and national levels and has participated on a variety of state policy work groups including PreK - 3rd grade alignment and linking Child Care Assistance to Minnesota’s quality rating and improvement system.

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Room blocks available at: Red Lion Inn & Suites or Kwataqnuk Resort in Polson. Please call the hotels directly to take part in the room block. Mention mtaeyc when you book.

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Salish Kootenai College

58138 U.S. 93

Pablo, MT 59855

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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