TOPEKA — The Kansas State Board of Schooling has established a brief advisory council to enhance and reform American Indian studying techniques within the state.
Cheryl Harrison-Lee, chairwoman of the Kansas Board of Regents, stated the creation of the council will assist state schooling officers as they attempt to shut enrollment gaps for underserved Kansans. The KBOE created the council to concentrate on Okay-12 American Indian schooling however believes it is going to additionally assist information larger schooling.
“Anytime we’ve got a chance to create council mechanisms to actually get broader voices on larger schooling points, I feel it’s an asset,” Harrison-Lee stated.
The board established the Kansas Advisory Council for Indigenous Schooling Working Group throughout its Could assembly.
Citing latest discussions with American Indian schooling stakeholders, the council “is a logo of fine religion dialogue between a number of establishments working in the direction of the long-term objective of building a extra everlasting and formal advisory council for Indian schooling as we collaboratively work towards bettering our studying techniques to higher serve American Indian college students, households, communities and nations in Kansas,” in line with the board.
Within the quick time period, the council will work towards constructing relationships between Kansas schooling techniques and American Indian stakeholders, in addition to figuring out funding to determine a full-time coordinator place, creating short-term suggestions for American Indian schooling reform and researching comparable councils in different states.
Long run, the council will work towards creating and constructing a everlasting advisory council.
Members of the council are nonetheless being appointed, however it will likely be made up of 12 voting members, one chair and two honorary members.
The Kansas Board of Regents voted in two of the 12 voting members throughout its June assembly.
One is Melissa Peterson, director of tribal relations on the College of Kansas. Peterson has held that place since 2021 and has been at KU since 2015. Peterson beforehand served as an affiliate director for KU TRIO Supportive Instructional Providers and STEM and assisted the Haskell College and KU Trade Program within the KU Workplace of Variety and Fairness.
Peterson is a member of the Navajo Nation and is among the T ł ‘ízí lání clan (Many Goats) born for the Todích’íí’nii clan (Bitter Water), in line with her biography on KU’s web site.
“I feel her management position and her background will carry a voice that could be a much-needed voice on the council,” Harrison-Lee stated.
Daniel Archer is the second member the regents appointed. He has served because the KBOR vp of educational affairs since 2019. Earlier than coming to Kansas, Archer served because the assistant vice chancellor for educational affairs on the Oklahoma State College Regents for Increased Schooling, the registrar at Southwestern Oklahoma State College and as a tutorial and worldwide adviser at Oklahoma State College-Oklahoma Metropolis.
Archer now lives in Lenexa together with his spouse, Lindsey — an legal professional and member of the Chickasaw Nation — and their two kids.
“He brings his information and expertise with tutorial affairs analysis and could be very targeted on making an attempt to enhance tutorial outcomes for these segments of our inhabitants of scholars that we’ve got not historically served,” Harrison-Lee stated.
In any case members have been appointed, the council will meet a minimum of as soon as per thirty days and set up a web based presence. Whereas it isn’t but decided whether or not that on-line presence will probably be by KBOR, KSDE or KBOE, they plan to share suggestions, related enterprise, information, assets and images.
“The objectives of the council match completely with a number of of the regents’ strategic priorities,” Harrison-Lee stated. “We’re additionally targeted on working with (Kansas State Division of Schooling) to create a extra seamless transition from highschool to varsity for all college students. I feel we’ll be taught from the work of the council that we are able to apply to larger schooling to make progress in each areas.”