by Dr. Chris Fried, Professor and Co-Project Director and Dr. Derek Stewart, Professor and Co-Project Director Faculty audit forms and community connection documents. The Sitting Bull College early childhood education program was awarded the Ihduwiyayaypi: Advancing...
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Building the College of Menominee Nation’s Capacity through Culture, Community, Connections, and Collaboration
In the spring of 2022, the American Indian College Fund awarded the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) the Ihduwiyayapi: Advancing Indigenous Early Childhood Education Grant for its teacher education program, which is a community-centered and multi-faceted approach to early childhood education that builds on CMN’s current capacity to teach and train early childhood educators to graduate with the skills to be fully equipped to teach the Menominee Nation’s littlest learners.
Culturally Relevant Lessons with ECE Students Provide Healing Opportunities
During the onset of the pandemic in 2020, Stone Child College (SCC) received a TCU-Head Start partnership grant, To Come Together for our Children, to partner with three Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and the University of Montana-Western (UMW) to deliver...
Finding the Trail Left for Us
How do we reclaim what Indigenous education is in our communities? This is the question that Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Child Development program is pursuing. Here are four lessons we have learned along the way. A post by Govinda Budrow, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Ihduwiyayapi Project Administrator.
Professional Learning Community Supports Graduating Students
Author: Kim Owen, Graduation Coach Co-Author: Nahrin Aziz, Project Director For the past academic year, eight graduates-to-be and Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) Graduation Coach, Kim Owen, met once a month to provide support toward successful course completion and...
SIPI Engages a Virtual Dialogue to Improve Early Childhood Teacher Education Programming
SIPI Engages a Virtual Dialogue to Improve Indigenous Early Childhood Teacher Education Programming
The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute utilized its Ihduwiyayapi grant to consult community and Indigenous thought leaders to improve the Indigenous Early Childhood Education program curriculum and develop a virtual dialogue series of 4 guest lectures featuring Indigenous scholars and teachers.
American Indian College Fund Receives $5.315 Million to Support Indigenous Early Childhood Education
Denver, Colo.—October 6, 2021– The American Indian College Fund’s Indigenous Early Childhood Education program is poised to continue its work at tribal colleges and universities over the next four years thanks to a $5,315,000 grant from the Bezos Family Foundation.
Indigenous ECE Family Engagement Webinar with Janice LaFloe
The American Indian College Fund’s Strategic Planning and Building TCU ECE Family Engagement Grant provides TCUs support for family engagement and wellness in Native communities during the pandemic. This may include sending families early childhood learning kits, organizing virtual story time or language lessons, or assisting families with meals and basic needs.
For the Wisdom of the Children Meets COVID-19
By Janine Pease, For the Wisdom of the Children LBHC Project Director Just as we were rounding the turn to the last leg of the school year, the COVID-19 Pandemic hit. The Montana governor declared a Shelter in Home order in response to the coronavirus, and all public...
Using Social Media to Strengthen SIPI’s Teacher of Color Pipeline
I am a member of the Navajo Nation from the Ramah-Navajo reservation attending the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI), where I am majoring in early childhood education (ECE).