2022 Stabilizing American Indian Languages/
American Indian Indigenous Teacher Education Conference
Honoring Indigenous Languages and Cultures
June 16-18, 2022
With the support of the Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Steering (SILS) Committee and the American Indian/Indigenous Teacher Education Conference (AIITEC) Planning Committee, a decision was made to host a combined SILS/AIITEC conference June 16-18, 2022, as a hybrid conference at NAU Flagstaff Campus that allows for both virtual and in-person attendance.
Please note that we also plan to publish a new SILS/AIITEC monograph with selected papers from the combined conference.
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Dr. Eunice Romero-Little
Eunice Romero-Little is an associate professor of Indigenous language education and applied linguistics with American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. Romero-Little’s scholarship seeks possibilities for transforming education in ways that are congruent with Indigenous epistemologies, languages, and everyday practices. Her research and scholarship grows out of a solid grounding as an education practitioner and as an Indigenous language activist who has assisted Indigenous communities, including her own home community of Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, in language revitalization and advancement, an arena of Indigenous language education and one Romero-Little specializes in. Her longtime interest in how children learn and the role of language(s) in child socialization led to her work with Jemez Pueblo, a Towa-speaking community in New Mexico.
Dr. Sheilah Nicholas
Dr. Sheilah Nicholas Sheilah Nicholas (Hopi) is of the Sunforehead Clan from the Village of Songoopavi on Second Mesa, the Hopi Reservation. She is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Arizona. Professor Nicholas’ scholarly work focuses on Indigenous/Hopi language maintenance and revitalization. Her consultant roles with the Hopi Tribe and local schools have provided professional relationships resulting in the establishment of an on-site Hopi Language Summer Institute for teacher training offering university courses and transfer to LRC degree programs as well as ongoing professional development in language teaching.
Dr. Megan Bang
Dr. Megan Bang (Ojibwe and Italian) is a Professor of the Learning Sciences and Psychology at Northwestern University and is currently serving as the Senior Vice President at the Spencer Foundation. Dr. Bang studies the dynamics of culture, learning, and development broadly with a specific focus on the complexities of navigating multiple meaning systems in creating and implementing more effective and just learning environments in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics education. Dr. Bang currently serves on the Board of Science Education at the National Academy of Sciences.
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AIITEC/SILS/IEC Parking in parking lot P13. Parking permits required. NAU Parking Services will have staff at entrance of parking lot with permits for June 17th and 18th.
At Cline Library Assembly Hall, building 28, for registration check in, keynote speakers and panel discussions
Native American Culture Center, building 14, Thursday, June 16th, 4-6 PM
College of Education, building 27, for all other breakout sessions, rooms 190, 174, 2o8, 211.
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Click here to download your Certificate of Participation for the AIITEC Conference
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Cheyenne Heidt, Justine Flynn The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde
Saturday Keynote Address Sheilah Nicholas
Dr. Martin School Leadership Panel
Megan Bang STEM Keynote
Matthew Ross Sydney Australia Darug Language and Culture
Arizona Office of Indian Education Panel
Friday Keynote Address Eunice Romero Little
Dr. Joseph Martin Accordion Closed
Department of Educational Leadership