3rd Annual Indigenous Language Revitalization Summer Institute

June 12-15, 2017
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona 

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Level 1 Workshop

How to Create and Sustain Successful Indigenous Language Immersion Programs

A 4-day hands-on, how-to workshop for creating a new language immersion program or re-energizing an existing immersion program by converting weaknesses into strengths.

Who's Invited

  • Those committed to saving at-risk indigenous languages.
  • Those wanting to start a language immersion school or program.
  • Those wanting to improve the academic achievement of American Indian students.
  • Those currently working in a language immersion school or program who want to ensure its success and longevity.

About the Presenter:

Founder and former Director of Puente de Hozho Tri-lingual School, Dr. Michael Fillerup, guides you through his 10-step process for creating and sustaining an indigenous language immersion program for the ages.

Additionally you will learn:

  • How to develop the Five Essential Elements of a language immersion program.
  • How to maximize the 4 P's - Promotion, Publicity, Public Relations, and Parent Participation.
  • The Do's and Don'ts of a language immersion program.
  • Potential obstacles and how to overcome them.
  • Troubleshooting and practical advice.
  • How to Light Two Candles with One Flame  (i.e., revitalizing the indigenous language while boosting student achievement)

Level 2 Workshop

 How to Design an Indigenous Knowledge-focused Curriculum

 **To enroll in the Level 2 Conference one must have completed the Level 1 Conference in a previous year. The two conferences run concurrently and one cannot attend both in the same year. 

     In this 4-day workshop, Language Advocate Jennie DeGroat demonstrates how to collaborate with teachers, parents, administrators, and tribal leaders to develop a language curriculum derived from the knowledge, culture, and values of the community. Participants will focus on both the curriculum process and product. This is the follow-up workshop to "How to Create and Sustain Successful Indigenous Language Immersion Programs". 

About the Presenter: 

     Ms. DeGroat has over 20 years of experience assisting indigenous communities with their language revitalization efforts through the use of oral language immersion based on Indigenous Knowledge. 

Registration Information

Registration for both levels of the workshop can be found here.

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants per workshop. Reserve your place now.
Early registration cost per workshop is $425 if registered before May 15th, price increases to $500 after that date.
Lodging is available to book for as low as $29.95 per night.
Housing Information: 
Housing for the AIITEC Conference will be available onsite through Northern Arizona University. Housing will be available at Calderon Hall in single or double occupancy rooms with a shared "Jack and Jill" bathroom between two rooms. Housing does not need to be paid at the time of registration.
** There will be no changes, additions or cancellations of any kind available after 5/31/17. No refunds or changes will be available after this date. 
Additional Accommodation:
If you plan to find lodging in town, reservations should be made as soon as possible: summer is the busiest time of year in Flagstaff and hotels fill up quickly. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Super 8 hotel (602 Old Route 66, Flagstaff, 928-774-4581) for conference attendees who prefer to lodge off-campus. The block is valid June 11-18, 2017. You must call the hotel to take advantage of the conference pricing ($87.13 plus taxes). Be sure to mention the conference group AIITEC to ensure you are charged conference pricing. This special pricing is only available through May 28, 2017. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Dr. Michael Fillerup@ 928.853.1393 or