PRESENTER: David O’Connor, American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: In this session, resources and materials about the American Indian nations' histories, sovereignty, and educational issues will be shared. Participants will also be given ideas, examples, and directions regarding supporting parents and youth culturally. The goal of providing this information is to build parent center capacity around incorporating culturally informed practices into their daily work, so the services and supports offered to Native American families are more relevant and robust. Resources and curated materials for learning more about Native American people, communities, and nations will also be shared and discussed.
Bring Your Questions! Our presenter wants this to be a conversation. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions on how to start, revive or improve Parent Center outreach practices to Native American students, families, and their communities.
About the presenter: David J. O'Connor is originally from and is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) in northern Wisconsin. In January 2012, he became the American Indian Studies Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He is also the grant director for the Network for Native American Student Achievement and the Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Tribal Project with Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or "The Network."