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NEWS_SHI accepting proposals from presenters for 2022 education conference

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May 2, 2022

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Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is accepting proposals from presenters for its fifth Culturally Responsive Education Conference, which is part of a larger effort to promote culturally responsive pedagogy in schools.

SHI is soliciting proposals from educators to present in person at 90-minute breakout sessions on topics related to literacy, language and oral stories, mental and physical wellbeing and intergenerational learning and sharing. SHI will be seeking 12 presenters who are interested in presenting to a live and virtual audience simultaneously.

This year’s theme is Haa Kusteeyí Yatsáakw (Our Way of Life Persists). Preference will be given to proposals that illustrate relevance to the theme, participant engagement, creativity, and demonstrated expertise, as well as to presentations that connect to culturally responsive education, equity in education and/or Alaska Native education issues.

The goals are to promote academic success of Native students and cross-cultural understanding, said SHI President Rosita Worl.

“Evaluations and academic results have shown time and again that our children do better in school when their history and world view is incorporated into their education. Educators are the key to opening the door to a better education for our young people,” Worl said.

The deadline to submit proposals is Sunday, June 10, 2022. The conference, scheduled Aug. 11-13 in Juneau, is open to all educators who are interested in culturally relevant education.

The conference is part of SHI’s education program Thru the Cultural Lens, which was founded in 2012 to give cultural orientations for educators. For more details about the conference, contact Ben Kriegmont at

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Its goal is to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. SHI also conducts social scientific and public policy research that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artist Committee and a Southeast Regional Language Committee.

CONTACT: Kathy Dye, SHI Media and Publications Deputy Director, 907.321.4636,