Institute keynote speaker announced

Friday, June 4, 2010

Category: Corporate

FARGO, N.D., June 4, 2010 — Lyz Jaakola, Native American educator, composer, performing artist, author and educational researcher, will be the keynote speaker at the Prairie Region Teacher Training Institute hosted by Prairie Public on June 29 and 30.

Jaakola will speak about utilizing technology interactively while supporting the integration of regional Native American arts, history and culture in the school curriculum.

Jaakola is on the faculty of the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minnesota, where she teaches music and American Indian Studies. She was the head researcher for the PBSEight Documentary Series “Ojibwe: Waasa Inaabidaa” (We Look in All Directions), and she performs as a vocalist in various music genres including opera, jazz, blues and Native American Indian music.

PreK-12 teachers may receive graduate credit for attending the two-day Institute, which will focus on strengthening the preK-12 arts, history, and culture curriculum through the innovative use of strong video and other technologies, placing emphasis on cross-curricular applications.

Teachers may receive a $100 stipend for attending the Institute, then writing and submitting an approved, media-rich lesson plan integrating regional arts, history and/or culture into a cross-curricular lesson.

The Institute is scheduled for June 29 and 30, 2010, at the Knutson Campus Center at Concordia College in Moorhead. Information and application forms are available at

Prairie Public is hosting the Institute in partnership with the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, the North Central Council for School Television, Minnesota State University at Moorhead, North Dakota State University, Concordia College, the Perpich Center for Arts in Education, the North Dakota Council on the Arts, and NDStudies,org.


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