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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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Lessons Learned: Revising Materials to Support Meaningful Consultation in Oregon

Tribal consultation creates the conditions for thriving communities — but how do agencies create resources that support meaningful consultation? The Office of Indian Education (OIE) at the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) launched ODE’s revised toolkit for Tribal consultation on November 1, 2023. Understanding the ESSA Law and How to Support Educational Sovereignty: A Toolkit for Tribal Consultation is designed …

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Sustaining Impactful Initiatives through Shared Stewardship

Region 16 Comprehensive Center is the only Regional Comprehensive Center based out of a consortium of educational service districts (ESDs). What does it mean to sustain initiatives with long-term impacts on our ESD networks? The Region 16 Comprehensive Center Community of Stewards gathered this week to deepen connections between the Comprehensive Center Network and the ESD networks across Alaska, Oregon, …

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Community of Stewards Welcomes New Members

The Region 16 Comprehensive Center Community of Stewards kicked off its third year by welcoming new stewards representing the Washington and Alaska educational service district (ESD) networks. Each member of the Community of Stewards leads work in their contexts and communities to improve the quality and equity of the learning experience for each student. Collectively, they steward a vision for …

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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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Region 16 and DEED Announce Selection of First Reading Specialist Endorsement Cohort

The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) and Region 16 Comprehensive Center (R16CC) have selected the first cohort in the Alaska Reading Specialist Endorsement Program. Fifty-three participants were selected from among more than 75 applicants statewide. Participants include educators, specialists, and administrators representing 17 of Alaska’s 53 public school districts. “This program is designed to create a network …

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Region 16 Continues Leaders in Native Education Series in Juneau

Relationships are the foundation for transformational change. What happens when Leaders in Native Education from across the region come together to collaborate, exchange practices, and build connections? Nearly forty leaders in Native Education from Alaska, Oregon, and Washington came together at the Leaders in Native Education Convening this August in Juneau, Alaska. This event is the third in the Leaders …

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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 …