NRS was chosen to present on life skills training for youth at the National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities, held in Scottsdale, AZ.
This conference is held by the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University. The goal of the center is to “increase graduation rates through research and evidence-based solutions.”
Meant to serve youth in First Nations and of Native American descent, the conference is a series of professional development for education professionals.
Workshops include topics such as “Best Practices for Educating Native American Students,” “From Profiling to Proficiency: Implicit Bias in the Classroom,” and “Creating Community Relationships – Engaging Our Children and Youth.”
Within the program for the event, Diane Douglas, Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Arizona Department of Education, gave her perspective on the importance and relevance of the event.
“Arizona is home to twenty-two federally recognized tribes and two of the three largest reservations in the United States. One-quarter of our beautiful state is reservation land, one in twenty Arizonans is Native American, and approximately 90,000 Native Americans in Arizona are students.
Improving educational outcomes for Native Americans has been a priority from the start for my administration, and we have made definite strides over the past three years. Arizona’s tribes face many challenges, from geography and health to preservation of language and culture, while simultaneously providing their young tribal members with the resources to achieve educational outcomes equal to those of their peers.”
Lindsey Kaheny, our runaway prevention specialist, traveled to Arizona to deliver a presentation on Module 1 of our Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum, on “Communication and Listening.”
Our curriculum has been updated to include resources such as tribal youth programs, and other types of support for Native American families.
Her Powerpoint presentation is available below: