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Indian Education For All conference kicks off in Helena

Posted: Mar 04, 2018 9:53 PM Updated:

HELENA - The Montana Office of Public Instruction's (OPI) 12th annual Indian Education For All conference kicked off Sunday at Carroll College's All Saints Hall ballroom.

The goal of the conference is to get people excited about integrating Indian education in classrooms, gaining Indian-edu connections, and to learn about the unique cultural heritages of all of Montana's tribes.

Attendees ranged from K-12 educators, museum educators, the Montana Audubon Society, and more. Sunday's conference session was separated into three hour-long mini-institutes of science, English language arts, social studies, and Indian education 101.

Jennifer Stadum, an Indian Education Specialist for OPI Helena, said she was excited for educators to gain a new insight on education.

"We are really excited about sharing this knowledge with teachers and getting them excited, getting them to see culturally relevant teaching is not an obstacle, it's a wonderful challenge where both the teacher and student can learn about tribally-specific cultures," Stadum said.

The second half of the conference on Monday will discuss general Indian education studies. This year's keynote speaker was Marissa Spang (Esevona'e, Buffalo Woman), M.Ed.

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