NIEA 2015: Building Education Foundations Through Traditional Foundations

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The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) advances comprehensive educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians throughout the United States. The premiere organization advocating for Native students, NIEA works to achieve educational equity and excellence, as well as ensure that all students are provided high-quality academic and cultural education.

The NIEA 2015 Convention and Trade Show is taking place October 14–17 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

Stop by the the Education Northwest table at the Trade Show. We'd love to meet you, welcome you to Portland, and learn about your needs and interests. You can also learn more about the resources we provide.

REL Northwest is presenting during the following sessions:

Transformative Change Through Culture: Native Approaches to Collective Impact

Thursday, October 15, 2:00–3:15 p.m., Room A106
Presenters: Malinda Chase, Doyon Foundation (Alaska); Terri Akey, REL Northwest
Collective impact is gaining steam as a promising approach for engaging multiple partners to help young people thrive from "cradle to career." This workshop explores how collective impact shows up in native communities, the types of collective impact approaches that translate well, and how the approaches draw upon the strengths of native cultures and traditions.

A Research Forum on Culture Based Education

Thursday, October 15, 5:30–9:30 p.m.
This invitation-only research forum gives participants a chance to hear from and interact with native educators who are in the midst of defining what constitutes success for native students; to discuss how teachers can utilize native language, knowledge, values, and practices to strengthen native identity as well as increase cognitive and non-cognitive growth; and to create a national agenda for the coming year.

RELs and Indian Education: Using Research to Guide Practice

Friday, October 16, 4:00–5:15 p.m., Room C124
Presenters: Phyllis Ault, REL Northwest; Linda Cavazos, REL Southwest; Joanne Kelly, REL Pacific at McREL; Linda Fredericks, RMC Research Corporation
The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) program, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education, serves the education needs of different multistate regions through applied research, training, dissemination, and technical assistance. Four of the RELs will describe the collaborative work of their respective research alliances in addressing regional needs associated with Indian education.