Title VI Education

IPAC Meeting Minutes 09/10/20

Seattle Public Schools Native Education
Title Vl, Indian Parent Committee Meeting
Thursday September 10, 2020

In attendance: Emma Medicine White Crow, Amy Markishtum, Gail Morris, Boo Balkan Foster, Tonia Galindo, Clysta Cole, Lauren Fonoimoana, Karama Blackhorn, Tonia Galindo, Shana Brown, Donna Hale-Wolcott, Riel LaPlant

Note: Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) former federal name and Indian Parent Committee (IPC/IPAC) (current federal name) may be used interchangeably.

Meeting started at 5:00 pm.

  • Greetings and prayer (Emma)
  • Approve minutes – minutes were shared online
    motion: Boo Balkan Foster
    Second: Shana Brown
    Motion approved
  • Since Time Immemorial (STI) (Shana) update on STI. Removal of harmful curriculum. Year 2 of adoption of STI. American Indian studies website has lots of information spring and fall. Tribal Sovereignty curriculum. Shana shared the American Indian Studies pages on the website. Shana and Gail also toured the American Indian Library. $15,000 was spent purchasing books and the books were purchased through Native book sellers so Native Ed is supporting Native businesses and authors! Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) linked to SPS American Indian studies because of the learning videos that were produced this past spring.
  • 20/21 calendar (due to COVID-19, will be very limited) 
    • grade level training by Renee the Native Ed Librarian for teachers about books and classroom sets for teachers!
    • Inservice training 6th grade teachers (collapsing world and ancient history) 
    • 7th grade one full year of Washington state and tribal history.
    • Global timeline instead of linear timeline.
    • November high school teacher for civics, spring 3rd grade US history to World History help teachers develop curriculum.
    • Lots of training scope and sequence, curriculum, anti-Indian biased prevention tool for principals, how to use.
    • Indigenous people’s day, what should teachers do?
    • Native American history month, what should teachers share?
    • Ideas for holiday food and gifts?
    • Jenny Miller is back at work and supporting families navigate Schoology, SeeSaw and other student learning platforms. This is challenging for many families.
    • Lauren Fonoimoana is the reentry interventions specialist is helping students come back into a school and offer support that Native Education can provide. Those who perhaps have missed some schooling, couldn’t get online, and other challenges.
    • Director of Special Education had an online meeting for Native American and Pacific Islander families a few weeks ago
      oIf families need school supplies, please contact Gail Morris. They have supplies that they can supply if needed. Amazon donated $9,000 to SPS. (not specifically Native Ed, but the district)
    • Chief Seattle club is a resource for housing. Gail can put families in touch with their case worker for support.
    • We are asking that Community organizations keep their websites up to date
    • Home languages, we are currently working with a group on Haida language, Lakota language and assessments. (Lushootseed, Dine Haida Nez Perce and Lakota were adopted. This doesn’t mean the district teachers these languages, it means that if a student knows these languages we can arrange to assess them. Students can get foreign language credit in this way. Tribal Home languages.
  • What will this year look like for IPC? What can we do since we can’t meet in person? How can the IPC support students while still being safe and distancing?
  • Question: are there other social gathering spaces, in person or online?
  • Boo – so much information they didn’t know how to process it all. Overview of American Indian curriculum training for teachers.
  • Lauren is going to become a special education teacher UW
  • Riel LaPlant – Interagency introduced himself –

We encourage all parents and guardians of Seattle Public Schools Native American and Alaskan Native Students to attend. The role of the Title Vl Native Education Parent Advisory Committee is to consult with and advise the Seattle School District on the development and operation of the Title Vl Program, assist in the development and approval of the Title Vl grant, and to help organize and conduct community cultural events, it’s important to know that the IPAC helps to organize events and raise funds as well. By serving on the IPAC parents and guardians of Native American/Alaskan Native Students in Seattle Public Schools can help decide the program goals and activities.

For information contact
Gail Morris gtmorris@seattleschools.org 206 252 0948
Huchoosedah website: www.seattleschools.org/NativeEd
Meeting ended at 6:00 pm
Next meeting October 8, 2020 online
Minutes submitted by Amy Markishtum IPC Secretary