Restorative Teachings ECE Initiative
Recently, members of the Restorative Teachings ECE Initiative’s Coordinating Team (Alicia Allard, ELC Director; Alexis Ballew, CARE graduate and Parent Representative; Anna Somerville, ECE graduate and Lead Preschool Teacher; and myself) hosted a Family Engagement Event at NWIC and attended the Annual Convening of Grantees in Denver.
On May 20, 2016, Northwest Indian College’s Restorative Teachings Early Childhood Education Initiative, in partnership with the NWIC Early Learning Center, hosted a family engagement event, including a luncheon and introduction to the Restorative Teachings grant project. Most importantly, the purpose of the event was to invite parents and family members of young children at NWIC’s ELC, our formal early learning partner in the Restorative Teachings project, to engage in the Initiative’s visioning, planning, and development process with us.
Spring is in full bloom here at the Northwest Indian College Early Leaning Center, and the AICF Restorative Teachings Early Childhood Education Initiative is beginning to take shape. We are fortunate to live in a part of the country where the seasonal changes are so dramatic and each transition brings such a feeling of change to our surroundings.
Northwest Indian College has been invited to participate in a new American Indian College Fund Tribal College & University Early Childhood Education Initiative entitled, Restorative Teachings. Restorative Teachings focuses on strengthening systems of care and learning for Native children and families served by TCUs. This is a two year initiative building upon the success of the Wakanyeja (Sacred Little Ones) and K’é (Family Engagement) initiatives.
For more information about the project and these two events, please visit the ECEwebsite and read the following (brief) articles:
1) Convening of Grantees 2016, written by Anna Somerville
2) Whole Child Health and Wellness: Focusing on Child Nutrition and Economic Security with Parents and Families, written by Alicia Allard and contributing writer, Nahrin Aziz-Parsons
3) Restorative Teachings ECE Initiative May 2016 Blog, co-written by Alicia Allard and Nahrin Aziz-Parsons
NWIC’s Sacred Little Ones / Restorative Teachings website can be accessed here: https://www.sacredlittleones-nwic.org/
Click on the News tab at the top, to access the aforementioned articles.