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Share Our Voices, Hear Our Stories: Relations and the Seasons

Forum Overview Share Our Voices, Hear Our Stories is a series of forums designed to convene Native American and Alaska Native students and families to inform efforts to create an education system where Native students can thrive in Washington. The Region 16 Comprehensive Center (R16CC), one of the 19 centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support states …

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Region 16 Launches Finder for Indigenous Resources in Education

Find programs and resources designed to support Native student academic, cultural, and social-emotional wellbeing with PNW FIRE. Region 16 Comprehensive Center has launched the new Pacific Northwest Finder for Indigenous Resources in Education (PNW FIRE) database. The database provides a single access point to resources and programs serving Native students across Washington state. The database currently includes more than 50 …

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Region 16 Publishes New Foundations of Indigenous Education Report

“Foundations of Indigenous Education in the Pacific Northwest” compiles research and recommendations to support educators and educational leaders across the region with strategies that could improve educational experiences for Native and non-Native students alike. This resource builds on the findings and recommendations of the Indigenous School Improvement report published in September 2022. This report was developed through collaboration between Region …

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National Comprehensive Center Publishes Circles of Reflection Toolkit

In 2020, our Washington project team was approached by the National Comprehensive Center to participate in a four-state pilot of their newly developed process, Circles of Reflection. In the years since, Region 16 and our partners have built on the feedback from the Circles of Reflection process through consultation and collaboration with Native learners, families, and communities in Washington. The …

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Deepening Connections Across Cohorts: Region 16 Native Education Certificate Program Participants Connect on Sustaining Projects

What does it mean to create a network of educational leaders dedicated to sustainable systems change? In Washington, more than 50 leaders are creating a network through cohort learning in the University of Washington’s Native Education Certificate Program.  Leaders from both Region 16–sponsored cohorts of the Native Education Certificate Program (NECP) gathered September 21 to strengthen a statewide network of …

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Second Region 16 Cohort in the NECP Completes First Year

Culturally sustaining practices are key to creating equitable educational environments — but where do we start in a system designed to assimilate Indigenous students? In 2022, Region 16 Comprehensive Center sponsored 33 students in the University of Washington’s Native Education Certificate Program (NECP). They completed their first year of the program in July 2023. We sponsored 28 leaders from eight …

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Share Our Voices, Hear Our Stories: Celebrations of Spring

Forum Overview Share Our Voices, Hear Our Stories is a series of forums designed to convene Native American and Alaska Native students and families to inform efforts to create an education system where Native students can thrive in Washington. The Region 16 Comprehensive Center (R16CC), one of the 19 centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support states …

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Building Capacity in Washington Tribal Education Programs

Together, Region 16 Comprehensive Center and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Office of Native Education have cleared brighter pathways for Native learners and their families in Washington state. In 2020, Region 16 was approached by the National Comprehensive Center to participate in a four-state pilot of their newly developed process, Circles of Reflection. The Circles of Reflection is …

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Share Our Voices, Hear Our Stories: Celebration

Forum Overview On May 4, 2022, R16CC delivered the fourth and final session in the second year of the virtual Share Our Voices, Hear Our Stories forums. The forum’s theme was “Celebration.” The series brings together Native parents, families, students, and elders as an opportunity to connect, hear from respected leaders and elders, and provide guidance on the direction of …