American Indian Education Oversight Committee
March 16, 2012, Public Hearing–Meeting Minutes
Committee Members: Laura Lee George (Chair), André Cramblit (Parliamentarian), Amber Machamer (Vice Chair), Deborah DeForge, Rodney Lindsay, Kathleen Marshall, Rachel McBrideAbsent: Irma Amaro (excused), Helen Doherty (excused), Russell “Butch” Murphy (excused)
Public Hearing convened at 1:00 p.m.
Laura Lee George—Gave a review of the American Indian Education Oversight Committee’s (AIEOC) role to advise the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) on American Indian education issues, and the purpose and procedure of the Public Hearing. The purpose of the AIEOC Public Hearing is to receive community input which will help formulate the AIEOC’s agenda for the coming year.
Nakia Zavalla, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians—Asked about the status of the State Board of Education (SBE) Commission on American Indians.
Craig Cheslog—Gave an update of previous week’s meetings and how they are moving forward.
Ron Rovoich, California Science Center—Is working with the Yurok Tribe and the Maloka Science Museum (Bogota, Colombia) to look at the similarities and differences of the tropical Amazon Rainforest compared to the Temperate Redwood Rainforest in Northern California. There are workshops about rainforest science with a cultural perspective at the 35th Annual California Conference on American Indian Education for students in grades four through eight.
Steve Pomerantz, Sacramento—Shocked to see college graduation rates of American Indian students and wants to see an effort made to encourage younger students to work hard to achieve success in what they choose to do.
Betty Alto, Viejas Indian School—Need to start work with four- to five-year-old children to start them down a path towards success as they continue in their education and work with parents so they can help their child with this goal.
Steve Pomerantz, Sacramento—Believes class size makes a big difference in education. We must work to keep classes as small as possible (under 20 students) so students and teachers can connect.
Amber Machamer, Associate Vice President, Planning and Institutional Research, California State University, East Bay—Requests that the Governor fill vacancies on the California State University and the University of California Boards.
Nakia Zavalla, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians—Suggests that the SSPI and the AIEOC work closely with the SBE Task Force to support one another and their mutual interests.
Dena Magdaleno, Teacher—Feels that the AIEOC is critical to meeting the concerns and needs of our students.
André Cramblit, Karuk Language Restoration Chair—Keep culture and language on the forefront of issues and part of the curriculum, including the implementation of Common Core State Standards.
Sarah Supahan, Superintendent—Wants to see support for competency based on performance so students can proceed at their own pace towards proficiency. The Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods is using this model successfully in working with their students. They follow the Chugach model from Alaska, which has demonstrated significant success in helping their students meet state standards while addressing individual needs and abilities.
Nakia Zavalla, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians—Update on credentialed native language teachers. There are 10 currently certified: 5 Yurok, 1 Karuk, 1 Chukchansi, and 3 Hoopa. There also are three in the process of being certified in Santa Ynez.
The Public Hearing adjourned at 1:45 p.m.