(Riverton, Wyo.) – Over 450 folks from around the state and region have registered for the annual Wyoming Department of Education’s Native American Education Conference starting this morning at Central Wyoming College. The opening ceremony is set for 8:30 at the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre.
Keynote speaker this morning is Billy Mills, the gold medal winner of the 10K race at the 1964 Olympic Games, and to date the only American to have won that race. While the opening ceremony is at CWC, all workshops will be held at St. Stephens High School, four miles southwest of Riverton.
Topics to be addressed, according to event program, include:
- Suicide prevention skills
- Understanding of and appreciation for the history and culture of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes
- Cultural sensitivity for educators and other adults who impact Native American students
- Instructional and learning needs of Native American students
- Emotional and social needs of Native American students
- Successful transitions for students between school levels
- Empowering youth to develop leadership skills and choose healthy lifestyles
- Promoting understanding, building relationships and generating ideas for engaging families and the community in education of the whole child