Conference to focus on training teachers for American Indian children

Northern Arizona University will host the third annual Teacher Training Conference on July 13 and 14 on NAU’s Flagstaff campus, focusing on the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs for American Indian children.

The conference will bring together researchers, school administrators, teachers, university faculty and tribal educators to discuss and learn more about improving how teachers can be prepared to better serve American Indian children.

The keynote addresses will feature two of the nation’s leading researchers and practitioners: Donna Deyhle, professor and coordinator of the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Utah, will discuss “Reflections in Place: Connected Lives of Navajo Women; Ray Barnhardt, professor at the University of Alaska and director of the Alaska Native Knowledge Network, will discuss “Re-emergence of Indigenous Knowledge.” The keynote sessions in the Cline Library Assembly Hall on Friday and Saturday morning are free and open to the public.

Other key topic issues include Navajo language endorsement; science, technology, engineering and math curriculum; coaching and supervision of struggling teachers; oral language immersion; and other topics on successful teaching practices.

Click here for conference details or contact Joseph Martin at (928) 523-5933 or Jon Reyhner at (928) 523-0580.