By Angel Ellis
TULSA, Okla. – Over thirty educators from Eufaula, Dewar, Weleetka and Wetumka, participated in a teacher fellowship designed to focus on culturally responsive teaching June 27 and 28.
Educators explored exercises in groups and shared their insights into sensitivity methods designed to build classroom communities.
It was at the teacher fellowship meeting that MCN Secretary of Education announced the department’s plans to expand upon the fellowship-training format.
The fellowship explored topics and methods to learn “How do we get students to be leaders in their own learning.”
“Each year the classrooms become more and more diverse,” Anderson said. “We hope to expand on these types of trainings to meet the needs of students.”
The teacher’s fellowship was a piece of more extensive training, the 2019 EDGE conference, held on July 10 at the River Spirit. Native EDGE, which stands for Elevating District Growth and Education, encompasses research-based services. It is the Nation’s response to Oklahoma Edge, the state’s comprehensive education plan.
More than 250 educators were on hand to learn techniques to move from a trauma-informed to healing-centered practices in light of Oklahoma’s high rates of childhood trauma.
The event used speakers and break out session to connect stakeholders throughout Oklahoma. Featured speakers such as Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Director Dr. Sarah Coffey, and Mid-Del Public Schools Executive Director of Student Services Kristin Atchley addressed attendees.
MCN Department of Education Federal Programs Administrator Sarah Price told Public Relations building bridges with agencies allows MCN as a tribal nation to conduct research, gather data and work alongside school systems to achieve culturally-responsive teaching.
‘A critical component of Native EDGE is this idea of working alongside the state department and the U.S. Department of Education and building these connections with those other agencies for public education,’ Price said in a press release from Public Relations.
This event was presented through the support of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council, The Cherokee Nation, The Chickasaw Nation, The Choctaw Nation, The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.