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Summer Institute 2015


The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center (TRC), in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and Michigan State University’s Office of Outreach and Engagement hosted a Summer Institute July 13-17, 2015 at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for American Indian Health. A limited number of scholarships were awarded on a competitive basis. Detailed information about the course is provided below. 
 
Course Description:
The Early Childhood Research with Tribal Communities course (number 221.665) was offered to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal early childhood program directors and staff, health and education professionals and paraprofessionals, and others interested in tribal early childhood development. Course goals were to: 1) explore research methods and theoretical approaches to understanding early childhood development and intervention strategies in tribal contexts; 2) consider optimal systems of early childhood care in population settings with considerable environmental and structural challenges; and 3) examine unique aspects of tribal research and culture, emphasizing the importance of community-based and community-engaged approaches.
 
 
Course Learning Objectives:
 The objectives for this course were to prepare participants to:
1. Discuss early childhood programs, intervention research, and community/cultural considerations related to family and school-based approaches to promoting early childhood development in tribal settings;
2. List basic concepts of research study design, implementation, and analysis within tribal contexts;
3. Identify a research question relevant to early childhood development in tribal communities and suggest appropriate research methodologies to answer that question; and
4. Use research to inform early childhood program, practice, and intervention improvement.
 
Course Format:
 Teaching methods included lectures, group discussions, individual work, and a final paper for those taking the course for credit.
 
Method of Student Evaluation:
Students were graded on: (1) class attendance and participation; (2) individual work, and (3) a final paper (for credit only).
 
Prerequisites:
The course was designed for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal early childhood program directors and staff, health and education professionals and paraprofessionals, and others interested in tribal early childhood development and research. Prerequisites included experience living or working in/with American Indian and Alaska Native settings/communities and experience/interest in early childhood development and research with tribal communities. Previous formal training in research methods was not required. A bachelor’s degree was required to take the course for credit. Students without a bachelor’s degree could take the course as non-credit.
 
Core Faculty:
Allison Barlow, MA, MPH, PhD Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health; Jessica Barnes, PhD, Associate Director, University-Community Partnerships, Michigan State University; Ann Belleau, AA (Ojibwe), Head Start Director, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc.;  Doug Novins, MD, Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; Myra Parker, MPH, JD, PhD (Mandan-Hidatsa), Consultant, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute; Michelle Sarche, PhD (Ojibwe), Associate Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; John Walkup, MD, Director, ​
Division Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College; Nancy Whitesell, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Colorado.
 
Scholarship Application:
A limited number of travel and tuition scholarships were awarded on a competitive basis. Applications were due May 1, 2015. The deadline for applications has now passed and all the scholarships have been awarded. 
 
Questions and Contact Information:
If you have any questions about the TRC Summer Institute course, scholarships, and registration, please contact Nicole Pare by email at npare1@jhu.edu or by phone at 410-955-6931. 
 
Funding for the TRC Summer Institute and Scholarships:
 The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center is funded by a grant from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health.  Additional scholarship support is provided by the Johns Hopkins University, Center for American Indian Health.

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