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Native Children's Research Exchange


NCRE conferences provide a forum for researchers, evaluators, and tribal program and community partners to gather annual and share in an open exchange of information and ideas about their shared work and commitment to the Native children’s development prenatally through early adolescence. Each year, graduate students and junior scholars are supported and connected to a broad network of mentors – all of whom are committed to supporting the careers of the next generation of tribal child development scholars.
 
The NCRE 2016 Conference will be held September 29-30, 2016 at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday evening September 28, 2016.
 
The theme of this year’s conference is “Promoting Staff Wellness and Quality Implementation through Effective Supports.” This theme honors the fact that program implementation and effectiveness are shaped by the capacity and skill of the staff delivering services to children and families. It also honors the fact that for programs to yield returns, staff must be nurtured, given sufficient support in their often difficult work, and provided opportunities to grow in their careers as professionals and paraprofessionals. Two keynote presenters will share research promising practices for promoting high quality program implementation and effectiveness through staff wellness and support. Dr. Gregory Aarons (University of California San Diego) will discuss his research on how organizational culture/climate, work-life balance, work stress, fit of job with skills and abilities, and leadership impact the delivery of interventions. A second TBD keynote speaker will address research on reflective supervision as one effective approach to supporting high quality implementation and effectiveness. Dr. Allison Barlow will discuss the implications of this research for program delivery and intervention research in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Dr. Barlow will reflect on her team’s own work developing the Family Spirit home visiting model and other culturally-grounded tribal youth interventions. Dr. Barlow will moderate conference participants’ reflections on the keynote talks. These group reflections will form the foundation of a series of opportunities for small roundtable discussions with each of the two keynote speakers over the course of the conference.
 
Conference registration, the call for presentation submissions, and student travel award applications can be found at www.ncreconnect.org.

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