Sealaska Heritage Institute seeks presenters for education conference

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Sealaska Heritage Institute is accepting proposals from presenters for its fifth Culturally Responsive Education Conference, which is part of an effort to promote culturally responsive teaching in schools.

    SHI is soliciting proposals from educators to present in person at 90-minute breakout sessions on topics related to literacy, language and oral stories, mental and physical wellbeing and intergenerational learning and sharing.

    SHI will be seeking 12 presenters who are interested in presenting to a live and virtual audience simultaneously.

    This year’s theme is Haa Kusteeyí Yatsáakw (Our Way of Life Persists). Preference will be given to proposals that illustrate relevance to the theme, participant engagement, creativity, and demonstrated expertise, as well as to presentations that connect to culturally responsive education, equity in education and/or Alaska Native education issues.

    "The goals are to promote academic success of Native students and cross-cultural understanding," said SHI President Rosita Worl.

    “Evaluations and academic results have shown time and again that our children do better in school when their history and world view is incorporated into their education. Educators are the key to opening the door to a better education for our young people,” Worl said.

    The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, May 20. The conference, scheduled Aug. 11-13 in Juneau, is open to all educators who are interested in culturally relevant education.

    For more details about the conference, contact Ben Kriegmont at ben.kriegmont@sealaska.com.

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