Please join this Administration for Children and Families (ACF) webinar to learn about approaches to revitalizing Native languages and implementing Native language immersion curricula in tribal early childhood programs.
Native language revitalization and maintenance are top priorities for many tribal leaders and communities. Due to the legacy of colonization and assimilation, many Native languages have been lost or are in danger of being lost, and many communities have committed to reclaiming and revitalizing their languages. Native language immersion programs for young children have been shown to be effective in both increasing use of language among community members and supporting Native children’s school readiness and connection to culture and their Native identity. During this webinar, participants will hear from Dr. Melody Redbird-Post about her research on the development and implementation of Native language immersion curricula, in partnership with several tribal communities. Representatives from some of her research partners will join to share about their efforts. Participants will then be able to learn more about and discuss highlighted strategies with peers and hear about resources they can use in their own communities and programs.
This webinar is part of a series of webinars on topics related to implementation and coordination of early childhood programs in American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities. Resources and recordings from the webinar series are available here.