Title VI Education

IPAC Meeting Minutes 1/14/21

Seattle Public Schools Native Education
Title Vl, Parent Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday January 14, 2021

In attendance: Amy Markishtum, Emma Medicine White Crow, Clysta Cole, Florence Fiddler, Tonia Galindo, Emma Medicine White Crow, Asosa Sailiai, Donna Hale-Wolcott, Boo Balkan Foster, Shana Brown, Brian (no last name)

  • Approve December minutes
    Motion to accept: Shana Brown
    Second: Donna
    Motion approved
  • Student Reps:
    Shana, Donna and Tonia met to discuss the role of student representatives. It was discussed that they could come up with a vision or mission statement that would align with the IPAC bylaws and the SPS strategic plan. Questions we could ask these students:
    • What do they need in order to safely return to school?
    • How can we better communicate with other students? (Communications that go out to school offices do not often make it into the student nor families hands.)
    • Federal regulations talk about secondary students being student reps. We have multiple students of families that regularly attend IPAC that will be rising up from elementary to middle and middle to high school.
    • Families of PreK – 2 and special education students will have an opportunity to opt-in to in person learning as of March 1, 2021.
    • We would like to reach out to other local IPACs to see how their student representatives are currently serving in their role, what their priorities are and how they empower student voices.
    • How can we support them academically?
    • This would allow students to develop their leadership skills

Tonia: Could we invite the students and families who participate in NAYLA to participate in IPAC meetings?

Gail will reach out on our behalf to ask for input and cc Clysta. Questions should be sent to Gail and she will send out to local IPACs.

  • Seattle Promise update: 
    Native Ed and high schools are hosting webinars to explain the process and support students to apply for college. The deadline is April 15th Seniors should go to the SPS website and the Native Ed website for more information. https://www.seattleschools.org/NativeEd
  • HCC update
    The manager of the SPS Highly Capable program reached out and wants to meet with students and families to see what students feel is missing in highly capable process and program. The IPAC has questions:
    • What are they looking for?
    • What are their goals?
    • What is the current percentage of kids of color?
      Motion to invite Highly Capable to the next meeting: Emma
      Second: Donna
      Motion passed
  • Back to classroom/Remote learning
    PK-1 and sped – March 1st it’s an opt in program.
    some sped families are demanding that their students get back into the classroom.
  • February agenda:
    • HCC
    • Invite students to come
    • Gail – if she hears back from other title vi orgs.
    • End of year celebration

Meeting adjourned 6:00

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:



206 252 0948