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Education conference Oct. 18-19 at Central Wyoming College

Oct 13, 2012 - From staff reports

The third annual Wyoming Native American Education Conference is set for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18-19, at Central Wyoming College. Some events are in the new Intertribal Education Center others in CWC's Rustler Gym in the Morfeld Activity Center.

Educators, students and interested members of the public are welcome to attend.

Conference coordinator Keja Whiteman said the aim of the conference is to "develop strategies on how to incorporate families and communities into children's education."

She listed sessions on anti-bullying efforts, closing the education "achievement gap" between American Indian and non-Indian students, and other topics.

"This conference is about finding ways for schools and families to partner with the community to reach good educational outcomes," Whiteman said.

Among the conference highlights is a planned ceremony to honor the 10 Native American Students of the Year, which will kick of the conference at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Rustler Gym.

The conference format is designed around a series of workshops conducted by informed speakers on American Indian education topics, representing local, state and national perspectives, Whiteman said.

'We have speakers from Alaska, from Virginia, across Wyoming and the local education community," she said.

The workshops will fill Friday's schedule all day.

Advance registration is encouraged. Whiteman recommended visiting the website www.k12.wy.us for, then clicking on "workshops and registrations" for information on how to sign up.

"We are really expecting a good conference," Whiteman said.

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