Restorative Teachings Articles

Expanding Culturally Relevant Knowledge through Early Childhood Conferences

Conferences can be a great place for early childhood educators, families, teachers in training, and researchers working with indigenous young children. They are a place to gather ideas and build professional development for use in the classroom.

SIPI Parents Learn Couponing, Family Budgeting Strategies

SIPI Parents Learn Couponing, Family Budgeting Strategies

During brainstorming sessions and meetings as part of SIPI’s Restorative Teachings Initiative, parents of children in the program identified couponing as a strategy to support budgeting and financial stability within their families. A major goal of SIPI’s initiative is to support Native families through educational opportunities that build their capacity to become increasingly financially stable

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From Student Intern to College Fund Employee: Cassandra’s Journey

From Student Intern to College Fund Employee: Cassandra’s Journey

Cassandra Harden (Diné) was focused on a career in early childhood education when she first learned about internship opportunities with the American Indian College Fund (College Fund). While she studied as a student at tribal college Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Cassandra got involved in SIPI’s early childhood program, working on the College Fund’s Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” and Ké’ Early Childhood Initiatives, as a student intern.

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KBOCC: Building the Bridge

KBOCC: Building the Bridge

Tribal elders are an integral part of the Restorative Teachings program, serving as an important link from past to future, and Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College’s program is no different (KBOCC). When the tribal elder who serves as the program’s cultural consultant was interviewed for the position, honesty, integrity, and respect emanated from him as he looked at each of the program’s employees in the eyes and told the stories of the Ojibwe past.

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SIPI Parents Lead the Way

SIPI Parents Lead the Way

SIPI has worked hard to make sure its Restorative Teachings Initiative is grounded in community needs and parent voices. Parents were empowered through the initiative to ensure that the program is culturally responsive and meets their children’s needs. They have led the way in defining priority areas for  learning since the American Indian College Fund’s Restorative Teachings Initiative was awarded to SIPI in 2016.

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