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I was invited to speak at the OSPI April Graduation Equity Webinar featuring Partnerships for Culturally Relevant Learning. This is a record presentation for me... I did it in 30 minutes! Lol! I didn't think I could stay within the 30 minute limit. WooHoo!!


Partnerships for Culturally Relevant Learning

We all have blind spots. Partnerships can be an asset to reaching students where educators may not be as knowledgeable about the student’s culture. Culturally relevant learning focuses on multiple aspects of student achievement and supports students to uphold their cultural identities and develop critical perspectives that challenge societal inequities. This month we are bringing you Dr. Martina Whelshula to talk about how culturally relevant learning works in the context of a multi-tiered system of support, social emotional health, and intergenerational historical trauma.


Graduation Equity Webinar Series

Graduation Equity Webinars help growth minded educators and education advocates to learn from education leaders who are closing opportunity gaps. Using OSPI data and experience from Washington schools, Graduation Equity webinars reveal the systems that drive success, an equity focus, and the key strategies that are getting students to graduation. Graduation Equity Webinars were designed for leadership teams to highlight best practices with strategic real school examples.

Visit the Graduation Equity Webinar page for more information:

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The Colville Confederated Tribes declares a STATE OF EMERGENCY in the mental health of Colville Tribal youth and families!! This is a huge step in addressing the long term impacts of intergenerational colonial trauma. We hope the Tribe takes aggressive steps to train all Tribal employees on trauma and a healing centered approach toward improving conditions in our Tribal communities and schools that serve our children. There is much work to be done to make this happen and we are committed to supporting these efforts. We urge other Tribes to join in and pass Tribal resolutions in an effort to send a strong message to Washington State and the federal government. The abuse of our children must stop!! A special thank you to Karen Condon and Alison Boyd for taking leadership in this important action. We wish to extend our gratitude to the Colville Tribes Business Council for passing this resolution at such a critical time. Please share this post and urge your Tribes to pass similar resolutions. We need large scale change in our schools to help support our children. If you support this action, please let your Tribal Council representatives know. We are EXCITED!!!

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