The first meeting of the historic
Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council took place April 28-29 in
Pierre, South Dakota. Leaders from across the state gathered to discuss how to
provide the best education possible for Native American children in South
Dakota. The North Central Comprehensive Center is privileged to be supporting
this work by serving as a thought partner to bring the vision of the NASAAC to
NCCC at McREL International's webinar entitled Improving Outcomes for Native American Students: Addressing the Academic Language presents information on the pilot project focused on reciprocal teaching and targeted academic language in two middle schools in South Dakota and Nebraska. The webinar agenda included:
· Overview of the project
· Sample of PD using the Reciprocal Teaching in Action video series
· Summary of lessons learned and data collected to date
Please visit this link to access the recorded webinar and a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation.
For more information, please contact Heather Hoak, Associate Director, North Central Comprehensive Center @ 303-632-5512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Annual North Dakota Indian Education Summit
July 7-8, 2015
North Dakota State Capitol
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission
NCCC offered several breakout sessions at the 36th Annual Lakota Nations Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, on December 17-20, 2014. The two breakout sessions offered during the conference included:
In the April issue of the NAASP Bulletin (available to NAASP members only), NCCC’s Jane Hill and Heather Hoak write about the need for English language learners (ELLs) to meet not only content standards but also English language proficiency standards. They explain the differences between the two, define the dimensions of academic language, and offer strategies for increasing academic conversations in the middle school classroom. The article also emphasizes the fact that students other than ELLs are in need of language development. McREL International has coined the acronym ALL which identifies all students as Academic Language Learners (ALL). Instructional leaders are provided with action steps for infusing classrooms with supportive structures for academic talk to benefit ALLs as well as ELLs.
NCCC has produced a video series called Reciprocal Teaching in Action to provide technical assistance for this innovative and research-based instructional strategy. The videos were developed as part of NCCC’s Academic Language Gap project underway in two middle schools in Niobrara, Nebraska, and Wolf Creek, South Dakota, both of which have large numbers of American Indian students. Via on-site training and virtual professional development, 18 pilot participants are learning to use research-based instructional practices like reciprocal teaching to build their students’ content-specific and general academic language. NCCC staff will gather feedback from participants on how the videos helped them with implementation and as a form of virtual professional development. Access the video series : http://reciprocalteachinginaction.businesscatalyst.com/index.html
By next fall, state schools may be incorporating tribe-approved content on Native history and culture into their curriculum. But it's not just for non-Indian students, said Lucy Fredericks, state director of Indian Education.
"Sometimes, our own Native American students don't know about their culture and heritage," she said.
On January 1, 2015, Jillian Balow entered the Wyoming Department of Education as the new State Superintendent of Public Education. She is a former school teacher and, most recently, an administrator with the Wyoming Department of Family Services. Balow says one of her top goals is to restore stability and credibility to the department while seeking out the expertise of school districts across the state. For the full story, see http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2014/11/05/news/01top_11-05-14.txt#.VKbsISvF98E
NCCC continues to collaborate with the Center on Early Education and Learning Outcomes (CEELO) in sponsoring quarterly conference calls with early childhood and education staff in the four North Central state education agencies. Topics discussed this year included:
In September of this year, NCCC supported the participation of two SEA teams from Nebraska and North Dakota in a national conference sponsored by the Center on School Turnaround (CST) in San Francisco. The conference, titled Building Systemic and Sustainable Turnaround Efforts: An SEA Discussion, included presentations and discussions about the exemplary initiatives of SEAs in 13 different states as well as the new priorities of the CST and the U.S. Department of Education. NCCC staff held a subsequent conversation with Nebraska and North Dakota participants about what they learned and how NCCC can further assist their SEAs as they continue to create structures and processes for supporting low-performing schools.
For more information about NCCC collaboration with other Content Centers and Regional Centers, contact Sue E. Mutchler, NCCC Associate Director (email@example.com or 303.459.5099).
NCCC website. Information and resources from the states, the region, and the nation are available on the NCCC website. Resources produced by NCCC are also included on the site, including the new South Dakota LEAP video. Resources produced cooperatively with other organizations include the set of Formative Assessment Modules and a web-based tool on Writing Standards-Based IEP Goals. Also on the site are links to other organizations within the Comprehensive Center network, including seven Content Centers and other regional Comprehensive Centers.
NCCC Grant Year 3 projects and staff. In November, McREL International begins a third year of work as the Regional Comprehensive Center serving Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Watch for upcoming descriptions of Year 3 state and regional projects on the NCCC website. We also welcome two new NCCC staff for Year 3: Shelby Maier has taken on the role of North Dakota liaison and Judy Counley is our new Technology Manager.