American Indian Education Oversight Committee Meeting Minutes
July 15, 2013
Committee Members: Amber Machamer (Vice Chair), André Cramblit (Parliamentarian), Deborah DeForge, Rachel McBride, Irma Amaro
Absent: Laura Lee George (excused), Rodney Lindsay (excused), Kathleen Marshall (excused), Russell "Butch" Murphy (excused)
California Department of Education (CDE) Staff Present: Judy Delgado, Chavela Delp, Ramona Hoffman, and Barbara Pomerantz
Guests: Rose Owens-West
Meeting convened at 10:12 a.m.
André Cramblit—Asked for a moment of silence and a blessing for member Helen Doherty, who passed away in the spring of this year.
Amber Machamer—Asked for a motion to approve March 18, 2013, Meeting Minutes and Public Hearing Minutes. Deborah DeForge moved to approve the minutes. Irma Amaro seconded. All in favor.
Item 1—CDE Updates
Presented by Judy Delgado, American Indian Education Consultant, CDE
- Update on the implications of Categorical Flexibility being repealed for fiscal year 2013–14 and the possibility of releasing a competitive application in July 2013.
- State Board of Education (SBE)—The American Indian Education Advisory Committee and the Curriculum Committee are both still looking for funding; therefore, no movement has been made in their work. It was requested that someone from the SBE address the American Indian Education Oversight Committee (AIEOC) at the next meeting.
- Niki Sandoval has been nominated for the SBE but has not been confirmed.
- In the 2013–14 state budget, flexibility has been repealed for the American Indian Education Center (AIEC) Program, so the program is going back to accountability. The Request for Applications (RFA) for the AIEC Program has been released.
- There will be an AIEC RFA training session on July 17, 2013, at the California Rural Indian Health Board Office in Sacramento. Competitive applications from existing AIECs are given priority points if they are in "good standing' and have submitted all reports on time. The interpretation and determination of exactly what constitutes 'good standing' (as an example, 'not owing money to the CDE" or "having submitted all required reports on time") has been referred to the CDE Legal Office.
- Prior to 2007, there were not a lot of regulations. Since then, many requirement loopholes have been closed by more explicit directions in the RFA.
- Applications are due August 30, 2013, and will be reviewed by a panel of CDE and State employees.
- Judy Delgado and Chavela Delp were in the process of creating an online data collection process for the AIECs. However, due to funding flexibility, that process was stopped. Therefore, the previously used Excel spreadsheet will be used to collect AIEC data.
- It has been requested that future CDE updates include information on AIEC issues.
Item 2—American Indian Education Center Survey
Presented by Niki Sandoval, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
- Twenty AIECs (out of 27) reported serving more than 3,015 individuals from October 2011 through September 2012. The 20 AIECs reported that they offer some type of cultural component that makes the AIECs different from traditional academic support programs.
- The funding from CDE leverages additional funding to maximize the impact of the AIEC Program. Some AIECs reported that if the CDE implemented any additional funding cuts, then they would be forced to close their doors and end operations.
- Some survey responses regarding barriers to not meeting objectives listed "lack of trained staff" as one of the barriers. One of the positive results for AIECs that could emerge from the results of this survey is more AIEC staff professional development and shared best practices disseminated through presentations, workshops, trainings, and technical assistance, at venues such as conferences and the AIEC Directors' Meetings.
- If the survey is offered again, then it would be helpful to communicate to the AIECs the importance of their participation in the survey.
- The AIEOC could inform the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) and the AIECs that this data collection is valuable and should also be carried out for data from program year 2012–13.
Deborah DeForge—Made a motion to have the AIEOC send an advisory to the SSPI to communicate to the AIECs the importance of participating in the survey, and to have Judy Delgado communicate directly with the AIECs regarding the importance of their participation in the survey. Irma Amaro seconded. All in favor.
Item 4—AIEOC 2014 Agenda Items
- Regular updates on the following subjects are needed at the 2014 AIEOC meetings:
- Assembly Bill 544 Teacher Credentialing
- Common Core State Standards
- Mascot issues
- Title VII (twice a year, not quarterly)
- Data collection, including the CDE California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System
- Legislative updates impacting American Indian Education
- California Tribal College development
Item 5—Celebrating American Indian and Alaska Native Month November 2013
Presented by Judy Delgado, American Indian Education Consultant, CDE
- There will be a CDE lobby display to celebrate American Indian and Alaska Native Month in November 2013, and participation by the AIEOC in creating this display would be appreciated. A subcommittee of the AIEOC can be started for this purpose. André Cramblit, Irma Amaro, Deborah DeForge, and Rachel McBride volunteered to help CDE staff in preparing the display.
Item 6—AIEOC Report
- This was completed at the previous meeting.
Item 3—Public Comment
- Rose Owens-West, Director of the Region IX Equity Assistance Center (EAC) at WestEd—Distributed a packet of materials to the AIEOC, which included a new letter from the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (Volume 23 Number 1), Indian Health Service Press (June 26, 2013), National Indian Education Association Memorandum of Understanding between the Departments of Interior and Education (May 17, 2012), White House Press Release (June 26, 2013), and information on the Pathways to Respecting American Indian Civil Rights Training and Education Conference (August 8, 2013, in Denver, Colorado).
- The Region IX EAC is developing a series of professional development Webinars to cover various topics, including dropout prevention and intervention for American Indian students, special support for Indian boys, ensuring that discipline rather than harsh punishment becomes the norm, special education needs, and supporting the rights and education engagement of American Indian parents as well as students. Rose Owens-West has been working with Judy Delgado and Chavela Delp to identify Webinar topics and members of the American Indian community who can present them. The goal is to develop a series of six Webinars to be offered over the course of the school year. The first Webinar was on dropout prevention. There are two upcoming events on various aspects of special education impacting Native students. Other Webinars will include Support for Indian Boys, absenteeism (stemming from disciplinary discrimination), parent engagement, and mascots. Any questions, comments, and suggestions on these or other issues can be directed to Rose Owens-West by phone at 510-302-4246 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Item 7—Committee Business
- The first meeting of the AIEOC in 2014 will be either on January 13 or 27, 2014.
Amber Machamer—Asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Rachel McBride moved to adjourn the meeting. Irma Amaro seconded. All in favor.
The meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.