RSI, Sitting Bull Sponsor TrainingAug 15th, 1999 | By tcj | Category: 10-4: Native Arts Education, Tribal College News
Sitting Bull College co-sponsored an historic workshop in North Dakota last winter, bringing together educators from all over the Standing Rock Reservation for professional development. The full day of events included a variety of workshops, guest speakers, and a banquet. Dr. Guy McDonald, director of the Rural Systemic Initiative (RSI), coordinated the event. He said it was the first time that all teachers across the Standing Rock Reservation have come together for training.
“I think it’s really important for all of us to network and come together like this;” he said “We all work with the same population and have the same goals so it is important that we are heading in the same direction….We all have to work together to help make our education system and our students successful,” McDonald said. Leo Reinbold, a humorist from the Bismarck area, was the keynote speaker. The event also featured Cynthia Mala, executive director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission. Teachers chose from a variety of workshops offered by area professionals, such as health, math and science, cultural diversity, personal growth, discipline, and computer technology. The in-service training was also sponsored by the tribal college Rural Systemic Initiative and all K-12 schools on the reservation.