NEWS_SHI’s first ever virtual education conference to offer nearly 40 breakout sessions, keynotes speakers

NEWS_SHI’s first ever virtual education conference to offer nearly 40 breakout sessions, keynotes speakers

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Kathy Dye
Kathy Dye
Published On: December 22nd, 2020

Registration now open

July 27, 2020

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Sealaska Heritage Institute’s (SHI) first-ever virtual education conference will offer nearly 40 breakout sessions and nationally-known keynote speakers.

Registration is now open for the event, which is geared for teachers and administrators in Southeast Alaska and is part of a larger effort to promote culturally responsive pedagogy in schools.

SHI is offering a wide range of breakout sessions related to culturally-responsive education, including talks such as

  • Am I Racist? Using Critical Race Theory and Anti-Racist Education to Confront Both Conscious and Unconscious Structural Racism;
  • Pedagogy As a Continuation of War by Other Means; and,
  • The Essential Elements of a Healthy Culturally Diverse School.

The breakout sessions will explore themes of equity and purposeful inclusion of culture in classrooms, said Lisa Richardson, co-organizer of the conference.

“These sessions will include critical and creative approaches for supporting Indigenous learners, arts, language and cultural integration and ways in which we can re-vision schooling to support culturally-diverse students,” Richardson said.

The event, Our Cultural Landscape, also has drawn some of the best professionals in the field as keynote speakers, including Django Paris, Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, Panigkaq Agatha John-Shields, Teresa L. McCarty and Sheilah Nicholas.

The main conference is scheduled Aug. 6-8; a pre-conference scheduled Aug. 3-5 will provide additional opportunities for pre-selected educators to explore and participate in extended topics. Educators may register to attend now.

Educators, administrators, university faculty and community members are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Attendees will find engaging and informative sessions to support their thinking around culturally-responsive and sustaining pedagogies for K-12 and university settings, critical theory, place-based education, possibilities for indigenizing curriculum and building safe social environments for all learners.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Its goal is to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. SHI also conducts social scientific and public policy research that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artist Committee and a Southeast Regional Language Committee.

CONTACT: Amy Fletcher, SHI Media and Publications Director, 907.586.9116,

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