Empowering Parents and Families
Cultural traditions and values can only endure if the next generation chooses to embrace them for their own.
Parents and families are key to success of Indian Education.
Family involvement in education that extends to community, tribal, and government-to-government relations is critical for the survival of Indigenous peoples' education, language, and culture and is essential for thriving in the global future. To accomplish this, outreach efforts to address
Indigenous families' educational needs in schools on and off reservation are important. Outreach efforts that focus on providing information and training to families and involving families in the design, as well as the evaluation of services and program are critical. Families should be actively involved in designing educational programs that focus on language and culture, that provide culturally responsive teaching, and that offer unbiased assessment methods within special and general education. This involvement is becoming particularly important in light of federal laws that have been passed in the United States, such as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, because of the potential impact of the curriculum and assessment mandates recent legal actions. In addition, it is critical that families
know their rights and responsibilities under the laws that govern services for families of children with disabilities (Faircloth & Tippeconnic, 2000; National Council on Disability, 2003). Parent Training and Information Centers (PTICs) as well as schools share the responsibility of ensuring that Indigenous families have the knowledge and skills to actively participate in their children's educational services.
Ask questions and get involved.
Attend a Indian Studies Program Parent Advisory Committee (ISPPAC) Board meeting. Meeting notices with dates, times, locations, and featured presentations for family events are announced as follows: