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Native Education Certificate Program Ready for Next Wave of Educators

In August 2020, a group of 25 educational professionals including ESD administrators, classroom teachers, and district specialists, began participation in the two-year University of Washington Native Education Certificate Program (UW NECP) as a part of Washington’s R16CC State Service Plan. This subset of learners is committed to expanding the capacity and understanding of our state’s ESDs and school districts through …

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First Quarter Recap: Alaska’s State Service Plan

Region 16 Comprehensive Center’s work in Alaska is centered around supporting the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED)’s strategic plan: Alaska’s Education Challenge. Our support centers on four areas: evidence-based reading instruction, standards refresh and refocus, school improvement, and assessments and data literacy. The goal of Region 16 Comprehensive Center’s work is to provide capacity-building support to DEED …

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First Quarter Recap: Oregon’s State Service Plan

Equity and racial justice are at the center of Region 16 Comprehensive Center’s work in Oregon. Through Oregon’s State Service Plan (SSP), we support two project pillars: Enhancing the Oregon Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education Enhancing the Oregon Department of Education’s Equity & Racial Justice Strategic Plan Enhancing the Oregon Department of Education Office of Indian Education During …

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Rise & Thrive: Regions 16 and 17 to Co-Host NW RISE Annual Convening

Region 16 Comprehensive Center (R16CC) and Region 17 Comprehensive Center (R17CC) are partnering this spring to support rural educators across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Washington at the NW Rise Annual Convening. The convening is centered around thriving. The convening is designed to help rural educators find a pathway from barely surviving to thriving — and helping their students, in turn, to do …

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Join Our Professional Book Study Series!

We’ve got a seat at our table just for you — pull up a chair, and let’s learn and grow together. Region 16 Comprehensive Center (R16CC) book studies are a space designed around safety, inclusion, and belonging for all members of our community. Together, we’ll put theory into action! Street Data Authors Shane Safir & Jamila Dugan Dates Thursdays, March …

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Share Our Voices, Hear Our Stories Year 2

The second year of Share Our Voices, Hear Our Stories kicked off‌ ‌on‌ November 17. The quarterly online forums began in September 2020 to inform the direction of Native education in Washington State and our region. The series brings together Native parents, families, students, and elders as an opportunity to connect, hear from respected leaders and elders, and provide guidance …

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Centering Communities for Sustainable Change

Even as the year winds down, the Region 16 Comprehensive Center Advisory Board Program keeps moving ahead at full speed. The focus remains on the topics that have been discussed at previous gatherings. This time, there was a greater emphasis on whole group discussion than there has typically been. Centering on the entire group changes the dynamic. Using the topics …

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Gathering with a Purpose

When extraordinary people come together, unprecedented changes are bound to happen. The Region 16 Comprehensive Center (R16CC) Advisory Board aims to be such a group. R16CC’s Advisory Board Program members first gathered in September to discuss topics in education that our region could come together around in order to transform educational outcomes for students in our region. They gathered again …

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Van Wyhe Begins as New Alaska State Director

Well done group projects require every team member to buy into them and give them plenty of focus. That’s how the new Region 16 Comprehensive Center Alaskan Director Tamara Van Wyhe sees things. Or, as she puts it, “we’re better together.” Van Whye took over her new leadership position on July 19, 2021. She brings over 25 years of education …

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Region 16 Welcomes New Alaska State Principal

A familiar face has ascended to a new place at SERRC. On July 1, 2021, Julie Staley became the new Executive Director of said educational resource center. She will also be joining the Region 16 Comprehensive Center as the Alaska State Principal. Staley brings 30 years of experience working directly for SERRC to the positions. She spent the previous 14 …