Indian Education

Indian
Education Program

"E-15 Nations"

Educational Support & Cultural

Enrichment Program

 

E-15 Nations logo designed

by Andrew Morrison

 

Calendar of Events

June Special Ed Meeting
 
Gourde Dance Event
 
Attend the Open Public hearing on the Title VI Indian Education Grant

Please come to the Open Public Hearing on Monday, May 22 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Educational Services Center, Edmonds School District, 20420 68th Ave W, Lynnwood WA 98036 to review and approve the Title VI Formula Grant for 2017-18.

For more information, please call or email Laura Wong-Whitebear, Indian Education Program Specialist (425-431-7133 or wongwhitebearl@edmonds.wednet.edu).

 
Discover Edmonds @ EdCC Powwow
 
 
 
"Culture Box"  Classroom Presentations

Teachers who are interested in having an Indian Education Cultural Presenter come to their classroom should contact Laura Wong-Whitebear for more information.  This resource is generously supported by a grant from the Edmonds Public Schools and Alumni Foundation.

Cultural Activities

The Indian Education Program plans several cultural activities throughout the year, open to all students in the program and their families. Speakers, storytellers, and artists share their skill and experiences with our students.  Students and their families also participate in field trips and regional cultural events to engage their knowledge and appreciation of their Indian traditions and heritage. 

Academic Support

The Indian Education Coordinator is able to meet with parents and school staff to assist in offering resources that is culturally responsive to the needs of parents and students; provide current information about after school academic support, educators and parents, please call Laura Wong-Whitebear at 425-431-7133 with your concerns.

Career Exploration

The Indian Education Program arranges field trips for K-12 students to attend the annual Salmon Homecoming for 4th and 5th Grade students, Native American Student Day at the UW and the Annual R.A.I.N Leadership Conference, UW Bothell for students interested in post-secondary education. Students are invited to participate in NAYLA Youth Leadership, WWNAEC Consortium.  Workshops and Information about Financial Aid for post-secondary education is shared to all high school juniors and seniors enrolled in our program at school visit meetings..
 
OSPI - Office of Native Education (Since Time Immemorial Curriculum) advocates for the academic success of all students.  They create and promote strategies that integrate the teaching of native American history, culture, language and government.  Educators in Washington's schools look to their staff for leadership and technical assistance.  http://www.k12.wa.us/indianed/

Reference Materials

Teachers, parents and students may check out books, audio-visual materials and artwork.

Students who are working on a Native American paper may call Laura Wong-Whitebear at 425-431-7133 for assistance or ideas.

The Indian Education Program provides resources and expertise for all district staff concerning accurate information and materials for teaching about Indian heritage as well as techniques for recognizing and addressing bias and stereotypes in materials or in student behavior. Students and parents encountering any bias or with concerns about the curriculum may contact the Indian Education Office for assistance.
 
Additional Resources
 
Washington State Tribal Directory  http://www.k12.wa.us/indianed/
Governor's Office of Indian Affairs http://goia.wa.gov/
National Congress of American Indians http://www.ncai.org/

Parent Participation & Advocacy

Parent, grandparent, family, and guardian involvement is a major goal of the program and a great deal of effort is directed at improving conditions for the Indian student. The parents recognize the need for their support in assisting students to meet the goals of the program. Parents/guardians, grand parents and other family members are invited to support their student by attending activities and asking for referrals if help is needed to ensure their children's success in school.

Parent Advisory Committee

The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is a strong and very supportive aspect of the program. Members meet to discuss and support program activities and to plan Learning Circle/Culture Night/Potluck gatherings and special activities such as the Edmonds Community College Culture Kitchen and Annual Spring Powwow. We are especially proud and make a point of recognizing graduation for our Indian students at Indian Educations Year End Celebration.

Eligibility Requirements

American Indian and Alaskan Native Children attending an elementary, middle, or high school in the Edmonds School District may enroll in the Indian Education Program.

Download the Title VII Student Eligibility Certification Ind Ed 506 Form Ex 7/19  to enroll your child in our program.  There is no cost or fee to you and your family to participate in the program; however, we must have this form on file to provide services for your child.  The main information we need is:

  • Student name
  • Name of tribe
  • Name of tribal member (child himself/herself, child's natural parent or natural grandparent)
  • Parent or guardian date and signature

If you can provide this information, please sign and return the Title VII Student Eligibility Certification Form to the Indian Education Program at the Educational Service Center (ESC) building.  If you are unable to prove heritage, or you are researching eligibility, please call 425-431-7133 for assistance.  Your student's private information will be protected.  We do not give out any information concerning your child nor do we share information with any other program without asking you first.

If you have questions about completing this form or about the Indian Education Program, please call Laura Wong-Whitebear at 425-431-7133.

Title VII Eligibility FormPDF Form 506 Rev May 2016 version

Teachers, administrators, parents, and families, please download and scan, mail or fax this form to:

Laura Wong-Whitebear
Edmonds School District  #15
Indian Education Coordinator
Educational Services Center
20420 68th Ave. W.
Lynnwood, WA  98036
 
 
Fax: 425-431-7006

 

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