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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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A Look Back: The 2023 Alaska Science of Reading Symposium

In April 2023, nearly 1,000 in-person and 800 virtual attendees gathered in Anchorage, Alaska, to dive into the science behind teaching children to read. The second annual Alaska Science of Reading Symposium brought together educators and administrators to explore evidence-based approaches to reading instruction. This symposium was jointly hosted by Region 16 Comprehensive Center and the Alaska Department of Education …

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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 …

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Alaska Launches Reading Specialist Endorsement

All students benefit from structured, research-based approaches to learning how to read — so how do we equip teachers with the tools they need to transform reading in Alaska? The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) will welcome its first cohort of educators this fall in Alaska’s first reading specialist endorsement program. The 27-credit program is designed to …

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Advancing Equity through Data Justice

Data are an invaluable asset to educational systems — but what happens when data don’t accurately represent the students, families, or communities the system serves? Region 16 Comprehensive Center is supporting the Oregon Department of Education as they begin to identify and address limitations in data collection policies, practices, and processes in Oregon. This work is part of data justice, …

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How a Toolkit can Contribute to Change

Coming from someone who has made toolkits and guides used by absolutely no one to tens of thousands of people, here are some tips you can use to create and use guidance that will help people in their work and lives. For anyone who has had the experience of making a toolkit, the need for guidance often arises out of …