Listening to the Wind River Reservation

In May, Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), in collaboration with North Central Comprehensive Center (NCCC), conducted six listening sessions at three school districts on the Wind River Reservation. The purpose of these sessions was to gather input from stakeholders to identify the primary concerns regarding K-12 education on the reservation. A planning committee made up of tribal members from both the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes, as well as educators from local schools, provided guidance on the design and implementation of the project.

Session attendees included students, parents, grandparents, educators, and community members. High school student participants met with a team from WDE and NCCC during the school day at their respective schools: Arapahoe Charter High School, Fort Washakie High School, and Wyoming Indian High School. Adult participants in the communities of Arapahoe, Fort Washakie, and Ethete met with the team at those same schools in the evening. Listening session participants covered a wide range of issues that impact Native American student achievement. WDE will use the input from these sessions for school improvement planning for Native American students. For more information about this process, contact Dr. Terri Bissonette.

Students outside enjoying summer activities

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