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Professional Development Workshops | AILDI - American Indian Language Development Institute

Professional Development Workshops

AILDI 2015 Summer Workshops

All workshops will be held at The University of Arizona, Tucson



June 4– 5: Native Language Documentation: Partnering with Museums

Many Native communities do not have the funding to either document their language or create materials to use in the community or classroom. In this workshop learn how one tribe developed a partnership with a museum to document their language and create new material for language learners. Participants will learn the process of creating a partnership, developing a community team, finding funding and learning language documentation techniques using museum collections.

Instructor: Rosalyn LaPier (Blackfeet/Métis) is on the faculty of the University of Montana in the Environmental Studies program. She previously worked at the Piegan Institute and has over twenty years’ experience in language preservation and community capacity building.

Schedule: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Thursday, June 4 & Friday, June 5

Registration Fee: $200

Target audience: tribal language program directors, language teachers, tribal museum, library and archive personnel


rosalyn lapier

June 11-12: Native Language Teaching Activities for Infants & Toddlers

This workshop will focus on teaching language learning activities that incorporate songs, gestures, finger play, and dolls for very young children. Participants will learn how to engage children in the language. Participants will create their own teaching tools.

Instructor: Patricia King (Akimel O’odham) is a Language and Culture Specialist with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Early Childhood Education Center. Ofelia Zepeda (Tohono O’odham), AILDI Director will also co-teach this workshop.

Schedule: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm – Thursday, June 11 & Friday, June 12

Registration Fee: $200

Target audience: Headstart instructors, language and culture teachers, parents, child care givers

patricia king


June 18-19: Accessing Linguistic Documentation for Teachers & Preservation Practitioners

Much of the documentation available to revitalization leaders contains linguistic terminology that may appear inaccessible for the classroom language teacher, yet these can be important resources. This inaccessibility can deter language teachers from utilizing these materials. This two- day workshop will lead language teachers through a process of examining the terminology used in the documentation of their language in grammars, dictionaries and some scholarly articles.  The workshop is designed for language teachers and/or language program directors who want to develop skills for using their language’s grammar, dictionary or other linguistic documentation.

Instructor: Cossette Terry-itewaste (Quinault) is in the Ph.D. program, Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. She is committed to the revitalization and increased use of the Quinault language in her home community.

Schedule: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm- Thursday, June 18 & Friday, June 19

Registration fee: $200

Target audience:  Language teachers and program directors

cosette terry-itewaste



June 18, 19, 20: Indigenous Centered Curriculum Design for Early Childhood Education

This workshop acknowledges that Indigenous cultures, like all cultures, are rich with unique philosophies and understandings about children and childhood. The workshop will cultivate a space to analyze community cultural practice, and develop pedagogical materials for supporting child growth/learning through Indigenous cultural/linguistic frameworks by promoting a community centered approach to child growth and development.

Instructor: Vanessa Anthony-Stevens is faculty at the University of Idaho, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She completed her graduate work at the University of Arizona and was instrumental in creating a partnership between AILDI participants and Indigenous teachers from Mexico. She has previously taught courses in language and culture in education.

Schedule: 9:00 am -4:30 pm – Thursday, June 18; Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20

Registration fee: $300

Target audience:  Indigenous language and/or culture program teachers and directors

vanessa anthony-stevens


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Forms of payment for all workshops: check, money order, purchase orders accepted.  Unfortunately, we are unable to accept credit card payments

Make check or money order payable to University of Arizona and send to:


The University of Arizona

PO Box 2100069

Tucson, AZ   85721-0069