Last week hundreds of educators, families, and youth participated in the 10th Annual American Indian/Alaskan Native Education Summit. The Summit hosted by the Nevada Department of Education in partnership with the University of Nevada and the Nevada Indian Commission brought together community leaders, educators, and youth from the state to discuss the state of Indian education in Nevada.
This year the summit commemorated a decade of work for educational equity of American Indian/Alaskan Native students in the state. Speakers highlighted the accomplishments and challenges that remain to ensure American Indian youth are able to reach their full potential. WCSD serves more than 900 American Indian students and during the last 10 years has worked diligently to deliver optimal Indian education programming, close achievement gaps, and improve the quality of education for American Indian students.
At the summit, WCSD showcased some of these programs, including Social & Emotional Learning, language and cultural curriculum, family engagement, and music curriculum. Ms. McCauley, music teacher at Natchez Elementary School and Mathews ES, brought four of her students to perform cultural songs. The songs are part of the music curriculum which allows the students to see their culture as a valuable asset, as well as to learn about other cultures.
For the second consecutive year, 8th through 12th grade students from across the state participated in the Youth Summit. They took part of activities focused on leadership development, self-advocacy, academic skills, and college/career preparation as well has health and wellness. More than 15 students from WCSD attended, taking time out of their spring break.