Positive Youth Development in Indian Country Workshop

Positive Youth Development in Indian Country Workshop

Saturday, July 14, 2018: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Humphrey 50B

Theme: Promising Interventions to Improve the Success of Native American Children


The workshop encourages the development of strategies and programs that reduce risks and strengthen protective factors of Native American children. The audience includes all who have a professional interest in the positive development of Native American children including: early childhood to high school educators, administrators and principals, curriculum specialists and directors of instruction, school counselors, home school coordinators, tribal education directors and staff, social service providers, health directors and staff, community recreation specialists, coaches, and college and university students, faculty and staff.


Check In, 8:00 am, Check In, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Humphrey 50B

Welcome Ceremony, 8:45-8:55 am, Dan and Susan Ninham

9:00-9:55 am, “Culturally Responsive Classroom”, Susan Ninham, MS, Administrative Officer, Red Lake Nation Comprehensive Health Services

10:00-10:55 am, “Shushumeg (Snowsnakes): Brings Together Culture and STEM”, Stephan Carlson, PhD, University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources

11:00-11:55 am, “The Games of Life Model: Socio-cultural Significance of Indigenous Games”

Dan Ninham, PhD, Director, PYD Initiatives

Noon-1:00 pm, Lunch On Your Own

1:05-2:00 pm, “Developing an Indigenous Identity and Empowering Students”, Randy Gresczyk, Robbinsdale Indian Education, MN

2:05-3:00 pm, “Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Mathematics Classroom: Integrating Theory and Practice”, Jim Barta, PhD, Bemidji State University

3:05-4:00 pm, “The Medicine Wheel as a School Model”, Joe Rice, Choctaw, Nawayee Center School, Minneapolis, MN

4:00 pm, Closing, Dan and Susan Ninham


Note: Workshop is limited to 80 registrants due to the classroom size.

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Registration Procedures: Registration includes emailed materials and professional development certificate for each session. The pre-registration deadline is July 7, 2018. The pre-registration fee is $89 USD per person. The regular registration fee is $105 USD per person July 8 to 12, 2018. There is no event day registration. Discounted group rates are available from participants from the same institution and pre-registered by July 7, 2018: $69 per person for groups of five or more. The student fee is $69 per person and pre-registered by July 7, 2018.

Mail a sheet of paper with the following information: registrants name, institution, professional title, mailing address, email address and cell number, event date and location registered for with the fee in a check payable to PYD Initiatives and send to Dan Ninham, PO Box 351, Bemidji, MN, 56619. Information: 218.368.6430 or [email protected] 

Online Training Course Option For People Who Cannot Attend: Assignments are available including written reflections for journal article reading, practicum activity and video observation per workshop. The cost is only $99 per person per workshop and will be a total of 20 hours of professional development hours. The Online Training Course feedback will be provided by Dr. Dan Ninham.


July 14, 2018 at 8:00am - 6pm
University of Minnesota – Humphrey 50B
100 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Coach Dan Ninham · · 218-368-6430
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