Native Mainers plan to reflect, educate on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Maulian Dana, the Penobscot Nation’s tribal ambassador, speaks to a group gathered in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the Maine State Historical Society in Portland on Oct. 14, 2019. Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer

Native Mainers this weekend shared their plans to mark the second annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, an event they saw as an opportunity to reflect on history and help educate their neighbors about the legacy of colonization.

Maulian Dana, the Penobscot Nation’s ambassador to the wider world, sees the holiday as a way to honor and remember Maine’s original inhabitants – and also as a time to teach.

Dana plans to reflect on how the survival of her own people allowed her to preserve her identity as a Penobscot woman. To pass that knowledge on, she and other historians, activists, and organizations will hold educational events through the week meant to introduce Mainers to the state’s

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Malala and Michelle Obama Sat Down to Reflect on the Importance of Girls’ Education

Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during an event on her book tour in Washington, DC, Nov. 17, 2018.

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Why Global Citizens Should Care

Several barriers stop girls around the world from missing out on their education. The UN’s Global Goal 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. You can join us and take action on this issue here.

Two of the most influential women in the world just came together to talk about the importance of education with a teen girl from Kolkata, India.

Teen Vogue facilitated a conversation between former US first lady Michelle Obama, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, and 17-year-old student Priya Mondol ahead of International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11. “My Voice, Our Equal Future” is this year’s theme for the United Nations advocacy day to raise awareness about gender inequality. 

Yousafzai kicked

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IEPs altered to reflect distance learning service changes, but at cost to schools

When schools closed to in-person learning in the spring, some individualized supports for students with disabilities were easily transitioned to remote or virtual learning. But other services were harder to adapt to new learning formats due to the specific interventions that require physical or behavioral supports and other intensive services.

To help all students with disabilities, schools are looking at the most important document in special education and a requirement under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)  a student’s individualized education program (IEP). These documents are being scrutinized and, in many cases, altered or expanded in order to reflect pandemic realities of how best to replicate in-person services to full or hybrid virtual learning approaches.

IEP reviews ensure students with disabilities receive the services they are legally entitled to even during this public health crisis, but it’s also an undertaking that is daunting and difficult, say special

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