CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor its first education conference for teachers and administrators in an effort to promote culturally responsive pedagogy in schools.The event, Our Cultural Landscape: Culturally Responsive Education Conference, is scheduled June 1-3 in Juneau. The conference is part of SHI’s Through the Cultural Lens program, which sponsors cultural orientations for educators in the Juneau School District.
Research has shown the effectiveness of using culture- and place-based teaching resources and methods to improve academic achievement for Indigenous students. Studies over the past three decades have shown that Native language and culturally-responsive programs are associated with improved academic performance, decreased dropout rates and improved school attendance.
The conference will include multiple topics, breakout sessions and keynote speakers and will be organized around three major strands: K-12 Teaching and Learning, which will explore culturally mediated instruction and cultural responsiveness in educational organizations; Early Childhood, which will include discussion of early childhood trauma and culturally responsive programs; and Cultural Connectedness, which will include exploration of topics such as social justice principals, equity and decolonizing education.