Indigenous peoples have had formal systems of education since time immemorial. The establishment of policies and processes which allow federally recognized tribes to grant viable high school credit for enrolled members increases sovereignty, self-determination, and is likely to increase Native student success in the public school system.
In this free webinar Thursday, December 9 at 12:30 pm, a statewide panel of Native students, educators, and policymakers will discuss how our schools can better serve the educational needs of Native students. We will focus on how the state legislature can support Native students by allowing their tribes to grant them viable high school credits for engaging in cultural curriculum and enrichment activities.
• Tayonnah Birdtail, a senior at North Thurston High School, North Thurston Public Schools
• Ivy Pete, a senior at North Central High School, Spokane Public Schools, second-year member of the Washington state Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC), and the 2021 Washington State Indian Education Association Indian High Schooler of the Year
• Jerad Koepp, 2022 Washington state Teacher of the Year and Native Student Program Specialist at North Thurston Public Schools
• Mike Smith, Principal of Rochester High School, Rochester School District, and the main driver behind the passage of House Bill 1426, specifying minimum continuing education requirements for administrator and teacher certificate renewals that focus on equity-based school and classroom practices
• Bill Kallappa, board member of the Washington State Board of Education and Education Liaison for the Nisqually Tribe
• Willie Frank III, Chairman of the Nisqually Tribal Council
• Hanford McCloud, Nisqually Tribal Council Member
• Laura Lynn, OSPI Office of Native Education
Live Spanish interpretation and closed captioning in English will be provided.
Moderated by Eric Holzapfel, League of Education Voters Director of Field and Community Engagement.