The 11th Annual Shaping the Future Conference will be held April 9-10, 2010 at Dawson Community College. The workshop is sponsored by the Early Childhood Education Department at DCC, the Glendive Public Schools, DEAP Resource and Referral and Prairie View Special Services. The public is invited to attend and can call Brenda Stockert at 377-9463 or email [email protected]  for more information.
Friday, 8:30–4:00 --The Friday workshop will emphasize Indian Education for All. Dr. Walter C. Fleming is a professor and department head of Native American Studies at Montana State University in Bozeman. In the morning Dr. Fleming will be talking about the Top 10 Misconceptions and Stereotypes about American Indians and The Road to the Little Big Horn. He may also include an overview of Montana Indians – locations, tribes, and contemporary issues. Dr. Fleming has taught American Indian history and culture courses at the university and is a specialist in Northern Plains Indian culture and American Indian literature. Fleming is also Associate Curator of History at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. Professor Fleming is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Native American History.
In the afternoon on Friday Ronn Moccasin will give a presentation on the Assiniboine Language and Culture. Ronn Moccasin is an educator, counselor, consultant in Native Studies issues, and an advisor in Native Education and cultural related issues. He has a Master of Philosophy -Theology degree, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He has also done some work in Native American Studies and is a Language Specialist for the Wolf Point Schools.
Saturday, 8:30-4:00 --The Saturday part of the workshop will be especially for early childhood professionals. Participants may choose to attend either of two workshops for the whole day.
Dr. Tammy Elser, Missoula, MT, is an Indian Education Implementation Specialist at the Montana Office of Public Instruction. She has a Master’s Degree in Education/Guidance and Counseling and a doctorate in Education, Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Elser is also a consultant and owner of Next Generation Learning Tools in Missoula. She has extensive curriculum experience and currently works to integrate Indian Education for All concepts into the K-12 communication arts curriculum. She provides extensive professional development for teachers, administrators and others with an emphasis on critical literacy. For this conference Dr. Elser’s presentation will be Early Childhood Literacy and Literature. She will bring some picture books and discuss how to integrate them into daily activities.
Meg Cech, Bozeman, MT, a third grade teacher in Bozeman, will present Visual Phonics. She was trained in Visual Phonics by Elaine Torgleson, one of the founders of Visual Phonics and the International Communication Learning Institute. She is licensed to present Visual Phonics workshops and has presented numerous workshops, including one in Glendive in 2007. To anyone learning to read, write or speak, English can be very confusing. Visual Phonics is a system of 46 hand signs and written symbols which helps to make the connection between written and spoken language less confusing.
One half credit from Dawson Community College is available for attending one day of the conference or one full credit for attending both days. Training hours are also available from the Early Childhood Project.