Call for Papers: National Gathering for Indigenous Education

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The 2017 National Gathering for Indigenous Education is coming to Montreal on November 30 to December 1, 2017, and the Call for Presentation proposals is now open.

The theme is “Education and Reconciliation: Moving Forward Together”.

Canada’s 150th anniversary is a time to celebrate, renew and rebuild our relationships. Indigenous education is a reciprocal process that includes cultures, traditions, and histories and engages students, staff, parents, and community partners to collaborate for student success. Closing the gap in Indigenous education is critical for the future of Canada. The National Gathering is a place where educators and partners can share their experiences and work together to improve the educational outcomes of K- 12 Indigenous students. This conference is another step towards reconciliation and presents workshops within four categories: knowing, feeling, doing, being.

We welcome proposals on topics related to the following areas:

Mental – Knowing

  • Academics, literacy, numeracy
  • Early learning
  • Special education
  • Career counseling
  • Progressive school leadership models
  • Critical inquiry, 21st century fluencies-progressive ways of teaching and assessment
  • Understanding of colonial legacy and residential schools

Emotional – Feeling

  • Mental health
  • Suicide, and prevention
  • Parental engagement
  • Social skills, self-esteem
  • Substance abuse
  • Student mentorship programs, role models

Physical – Doing

  • Health and nutrition
  • Land based learning
  • Attendance, graduation
  • Technology
  • Student engagement
  • Support students in transitions from rural to urban areas and to PSE

Spiritual – Being

  • Culture
  • Language
  • Traditional arts
  • Wellness
  • Culturally relevant resources/curricula

Benefits of being a presenter:

  • One complimentary conference day pass for the day of presentation, including conference meals, 2 nights’ accommodation, travel to and from the conference according to our *new* Travel Guidelines
  • Recognition on the Indspire website, in print materials including the official Programme and on social media
  • By accepting to be a speaker, you give Indspire permission to promote your profile and presentation content

Presentations should be approximately 60 minutes in length (45 minutes to present and 15 minutes for questions and answers).

  1. A written abstract of
    1. Abstract of 100 words or less must be submitted for each session proposed.
    2. Description of 500 words maximum should:
        • Identify the topic your presentation addresses and how it relates to the theme

      Describe your presentation clearly and succinctly;

      • Describe how you plan to involve participants in your session
      • Indicate level of interest: primary, junior, intermediate, senior or some combination thereof
      • Identify three expected learning outcomes
  2. Your biography, maximum 100 words
  3. A recent photo for the website and in special media

Proposal Submission deadline: January 31, 2017. If your submission is successful, you will be required to confirm your participation soon after being notified.

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