Cabinet officials to visit Riverton next week

Aug 2, 2013 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell are the guest speakers at a community forum on education Thursday, Aug. 8.

This year, organizers are combining the Fourth Annual Wyoming Native American Education Conference with the College and Career Readiness Fair in an effort to promote and improve education for American Indian students in Fremont County.

Local, regional and national experts present sessions Thursday and Friday, Aug. 8-9, that aim to teach families and students about parent involvement in the education process and respect for the history, culture, social changes and sacred traditions of American Indian life.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell are the scheduled guest speakers at a community forum on education Aug. 8.

Throughout the two-day event, career-driven adults and young adults are expected to learn strategies that will help build family support, counter bullying, increase awareness of partnerships with tribes, schools and governments, and learn how to be successful.

Registration and breakfast is 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Aug. 8, and conference sessions will begin at 9 a.m. at the Intertribal Education Center at Central Wyoming College.

Several sessions

Sessions include Strategies for Native Language Instruction, Tribal History and Government and Assessment; Recognizing Our Present , Through Items of Our Past; and Historic Trauma, Treatment and Healing. A panel will discuss college and career readiness admissions and financial aid, and there will be an update on the Wind River Job Corps Center.

The College and Career Readiness Fair will take place at the Robert A. Peck Arts Center and open registration will be begin Aug. 8. Attendees can expect to receive valuable information, scholarships, gas gift cards, and other prizes.

Duncan, Jewell

The education forum with Duncan, Jewell, tribal members and school officials will be 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 8. Topics to be discussed include American Indian education, sequestration, federal funding, early childhood education and native language. Registration is not needed for the forum.

The first day will close at 3 p.m. Aug. 8 with a cultural event and dinner at Arapahoe School.

Events will continue at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 with the general session "Respecting Traditional Native American Learning Styles in a Digital World" lead by Jerry Lassos and Steven Haas. Breakout sessions will continue at 10:45 a.m. and at 1 p.m.

Other sessions include Arapaho Storytelling; Building Skills for the 21st Century; Grandfathers: Tell Me the Sacredness of Life; Unpacking the Common Core; and Learning Pythagorus with the Tipi.

Most school districts in Fremont County are assisting in the two-day event.

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