We are excited to spotlight one of the 2021-22 ADE Indian Education Advisory Council Student Advisors, Cordero Holmes.
Tell us about yourself and your current role
My name is Cordero Holmes from Phoenix, Arizona. I am an enrolled member of the Tohono O'odham Nation, my mother is Joann Garcia from the Hickiwan District, the current representative of the village of Ventana
I am a student at Rio Salado College studying Behavioral Science and Human Services. I am the current Phi Theta Kappa Arizona Regional Development Officer and served as Rio's Student Senator on the Maricopa County Community College Student Senate 2020-2021.
As a student advisor, I will share the perspective and experiences of Native students on and off the many Nations within the state with the State Superintendent Katy Hoffman and the Department of Education, this perspective will influence policies and the initiatives of the Department of Education. My hope this year is first we can provide these students with the tools necessary to get back into school "post-pandemic". Then we get these young people interested in education by getting them excited about what they are learning.
Who or what inspires you to work in Arizona’s education community?
I am inspired to work in Arizona's education community because I understand the importance of education and how life changing it can be. It has been my experience through observation of those within the communities I am a part of that no education often leads to incarceration, physically and figuratively. I myself was incarcerated in the Arizona Department Corrections for nearly 10 years. It was there where I began to develop a passion for learning that began when I started to read while I was in solitary confinement. This showed me a world outside of the world I knew and the cell that held me for 23 hours a day. When I was released from confinement and into the general population after three years I enrolled in Rio Salado's re-entry program, and at the current date, I have a 4.0 GPA, a Level l and Level ll Certification in Addiction and Substance Use Disorders and am on schedule to acquire an Associate in Applied Science degree and an Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in psychology in the fall.
What’s one way our classrooms can be more culturally responsive and inclusive?
One way our classrooms can be more culturally responsive and inclusive is by correlating the curriculum with the community. It is always important no matter how old one is to be aware of what is and has occurred within the community they are a part of. I can attest to the sense of identity and strength an individual receives when they are made aware of times passed and how it relates to times present.
From the Arizona Department of Education
In Case You Missed It: Earlier this month, we shared resources to help promote understanding of U.S. boarding and residential schools. These resources can help educators deepen their understanding of this history as they develop lessons and supplementary materials. Learn more: https://www.azed.gov/oie/oie-resources
From External Partners and Stakeholders
Diné Early Childhood Summit
The First Things First Navajo Nation Regional Partnership Council, in collaboration with Navajo Project Indigenous LAUNCH (Project I-LAUNCH) and the Navajo Nation Division of Behavioral and Mental Health Services (DBMHS), will present the virtual 2021 Diné Early Childhood Summit on Wednesday, August 25 and Thursday, August 26, 2021. Register here: https://sites.google.com/firstthingsfirst.org/2021-dineecsummit/home
New Grant Opportunity for the U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education announced approximately $20 million in grants available to Tribal Educational Agencies (TEAs) to meet the urgent needs of students in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The American Indian Resilience in Education (AIRE) grant program will fund culturally relevant projects designed to assist and encourage Indian children and youth to enter, remain in, or reenter school at any grade level from Pre-K through grade 12, that include at least one of the activities from section 6121(c) of the ESEA.
The AIRE grant program is a one-time discretionary grant competition authorized under Section 11006(1) of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) to provide awards to TEAs for activities authorized under section 6121(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. Example activities include innovative programs, remedial instruction, bilingual or bicultural education, nutritional services, counseling services, early childhood education, services to Indian children with disabilities, college preparation, career skills development, cultural programs that incorporate traditional leadership, and/or professional development activities.
Learn more and send your letter of intent to apply to [email protected] by July 23, 2021.
- July 23, 2021 - The deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply
- July 28, 2021 - Pre-Application Webinar (Email your name, organization, and contact information with the subject heading “ARP-AIRE grants pre-application webinar” to [email protected] to register)
- September 13, 2021 – Closing Date