Consortium Connection Sept 1-13

WWNAEC Weekly News and Notificaitions

WWNAEC Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 28th, 9am

225 College St, NE, Olympia, WA 98516

Excited to see all of you at our upcoming meeting. The meeting will be held at the WSSDA Office and will be hosted by North Thurston School District.


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

August - Sept.

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Tribal Nations Maps

Tribal Nations Maps is a Native American-owned business

As a young kid, I had always sought knowledge about Native history and cultures. I would attend Pow Wows and other events and scour through the items vendors had for sell. From time to time I would see maps of the traditional territories of our tribes, but thought they looked incomplete, and the names mostly inaccurate. I filed away the idea of one day creating a more authentic-looking one myself. Years went by as I looked from time to time for a better map. One day I decided, "It’s time to make a REAL map of Native America, as WE see it." It started with four poster boards and a rough pencil drawing of the United States. Over the next 14 years I would create the Tribal Nations Map.

I have spent countless thousands of hours pouring through books, investigating in library archive buildings, making phone calls and traveling to remote reservations in the spirit of creating the most thorough map of Native America in existence. I have since gone on to make maps of the indigenous Peoples of the entire Western Hemisphere , as well as many custom maps .

Kids Mental Health Washington: The Local and Statewide Impact for Kids and Families With Program Expansion.

Webinar is 9/20/2023

Click here to Register

KMHWA is hosting a webinar to highlight the expansion of the Youth Regional Behavioral Health Navigator program serving school-aged children and their families across the state. Join us for a panel discussion with the 8 regional teams (including the Thurston/Mason, Great Rivers, Spokane, and North Central team that launched July 2023), Developmental Disabilities Administration, and Health Care Authority for exciting updates. We will answer questions from participant registration, provide an overview of the model, connect you to the 8 YRBHN teams, and highlight how the program is making local and statewide impact. You'll hear about their local Steering and Action teams, serving families with Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings, and the collaborative streamlining of resource information with regional hubs and behavioral health navigation teams.

Professional Development

Educators for the Environment, Equity, and Economy

E3 Washington is a state affiliate of the North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE). E3 is Washington’s professional association for environmental and sustainability educators. We offer best practice resources, professional development opportunities, networking, and other supportive roles to increase the capacity and effectiveness of all environment and sustainability education (ESE) organizations in the state.

Join OSPI's and other partner organizations for field experiences to highlight: tribal sovereignty, school gardens, and local ecosystem recovery projects that engage students preK-12 in hands-on, real world learning, and civic engagement. As you know, OSPI's goal is to ensure that environmental educators are offering high-quality outdoor learning opportunities that are aligned with standards, considered best practices anchored in environmental education, and anchored in local, relevant phenomena to stimulate our students' (and educators!) knowledge and imaginations.

Interested in attending the first event? Sign up!

September 27 – NEW ESD 101 Spokane House, Spokane

Save the date for the following events:

September 28 – ESD 123 Water and Environment Center, Walla Walla

October 5 – ESD 105 Yakima Arboretum, Yakima

November 2 – ESD 171, Dry Falls State Park, Coulee City

November 7 – Northwest ESD 189, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Bellingham

February 20 – ESD 112 (Vancouver area)

February 27 – ESD 121 (Seattle/Tacoma area)

February 29 – Capital Region ESD 113 (Olympia area)

March TBD – Olympic Region ESD 114 (Bremerton area)

National Advisory Council on Indian Education (NACIE) 2022-2023 Annual Report to Congress

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Click the Box Above for a PDF Version of the Culture Card

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Language Revitalization Resource

WSU Excel Camp

Description of EXCEL Camp:

Exploring College Emerging Leaders (EXCEL) is a weekend youth camp at Washington State University Pullman Campus for Native American High School Juniors and Seniors. Students will participate in science focused activities, gain laboratory skills, and explore what WSU has to offer. Lodging, meals, and activities provided free of cost but transportation to and from Pullman is not included. Youth must be accompanied by a chaperone.

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If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to me or my supervisor Joelle Edwards our Director of Native American Programs which her e-mail is

State Truancy Policy

Opportunity to weigh in on and inform state truancy policy? State Leaders want to understand students’ experiences with truancy, improve policies to help make attendance policies and truancy laws more equitable, and understand how to better support students’ access to their education.

You may meet in-person, virtually (zoom or google hangouts), or phone. If you participate, you will receive a $45 gift card for each session as a thank you for your time.

Who can participate?

  • Youth who are in grades 6 through 12th grade who have experienced truancy in the last three years or
  • Parents or guardians of youth in grades Kindergarten-12th who have experienced truancy in the last three years

· Student and family interest form

· Youth Flier

· Translated Outreach Materials

If you have any questions – please contact or call 425-917-7724.

Everyone who indicates interest in participating in sessions may not be selected, however we will ensure that everyone who expresses interest can participate in some manner. If you are selected to participate in sessions, we will follow up by contacting you via email or phone within two weeks.

Be Well,


Mona Halcomb, Ed.D.

Native American Student Success Program Supervisor,

Office of Native Education

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

PO BOX 47200, Olympia WA 98504-7200

Email: Phone: 360-742-2403

All students prepared for postsecondary pathways, careers, and civic engagement.

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