During the 2020-2021 school year, CCSD has partnered with members of our indigenous community to form CCSD's Indigenous Parent Action Committee (IPAC). This committee is comprised of Indigenous parents/guardians and staff. The committee meets monthly and focuses on the following:
- Illuminating the presence of CCSD's Indigenous community
- Amplifying the voices of the Indigenous community by working directly with district leaders to make changes necessary to better serve Indigenous students and families
- Forming cross-district partnerships to strengthen the Indigenous community network
- Naming the continuous problems of practice embedded in the CCSD learning experience interfering with Indigenous students' academic and social-emotional success (i.e. problematic curriculum resources, erroneous representation and/or lack thereof, microaggressions, normalized harmful traditions/practices i.e. Halloween, Thanksgiving )
- Affirming and honoring Indigenous students' presence and cultural identities
We have so much to celebrate from our gatherings last year! We look forward to building and expanding opportunities for our children this year as well plan some CCSD events and collaborative events with surrounding school districts and families!
2021-2022 Virtual IPAC Meeting Dates
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All meetings are from 5-6 PM
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Thursday, February 3, 2022
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Thursday, April 7, 2022
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Saturday, May 14, 2022 -
(Tentatively the 2nd Annual Indigenous Student Graduation)
Degree Programs at Tribal Colleges & Universities
Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) are leading the nation in producing a highly educated and skilled Native workforce. They are unique institutions that combine personal attention with cultural relevance, encouraging American Indians to succeed in higher education and beyond.
This 8-week university program is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Students experience a full residential program while earning 12 college credits through the University of South Dakota, including a paid work experience at the Crazy Horse Memorial®. At the completion of the 7th GEN.® Summer Program, students are prepared to continue college, navigate career pathways, and experience community building with other high achieving students committed to higher education success.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the ED 506 form, IPAC, and/or CCSD's efforts to support Indigenous students, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Inclusive Excellence at CCSDEquity@cherrycreekschools.org, or at (720) 554-4380.