During April 10-12, 2018, the Tribal Education Department’s National Assembly successfully hosted their first Regional Conference in New Buffalo, Michigan, hosted by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. The conference was geared toward “Education Sovereignty and Data.”
The Education Sovereignty and Data theme focused on research and development strategies and how tribal education departments can productively organize and analyze their education data. Conference workshop presenters and attendees spoke and discussed issues such as: tribal consultation, data quality, tribally endorsed digital badging, tribal language accreditation, and data analytics.
The Regional Conference keynote speakers included BIE Director Tony Dearman, Mark Trahant, Joyce Silverthorne, and Dr. Martin Reinhardt. The attendees from the conference were from the northeast region of the United States, and had traveled from Oklahoma, Alaska, California, and Arizona.
“We at TEDNA are very excited and content with the successful outcome of our first Regional Conference. We are very appreciative and thankful for every participant of the conference who assisted in helping this event be a momentous one for our organization,” according to the organization’s press release.
The next Regional Conference is planned for Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 3-4, 2018. For more information visit www.TEDNA.org.
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