The SLED Program
In September 2016, the SQCC brought together representatives from various entities associated with education and language and culture revitalization efforts throughout the Flathead Reservation. The resulting 20 Year Strategic Plan specified a need for at least 40 highly qualified Salish language teachers within the next 20 years. The Plan also identified the need for a robust Salish language teacher training program as one of the five key strategies for achieving and sustaining language revitalization and perpetuation on the Flathead Reservation.
At the end of this project, SKC, its initiating partners - Se̓liš-Ql̓ispé Culture Committee (SQCC), Nk̓ʷusm Salish Language School (Nk̓ʷusm) - and others including but not limited to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Tribal Education Department (CSKT TED), CSKT Early Childhood Services, Two Eagle River School, and public schools – will have implemented a 3-year program, titled the Salish Language Educator Development (SLED) Program, resulting in a pipeline producing five graduates each year. Through the Intensive Salish Language (ISL) and Native Language Teacher Education (NLTE) components, graduates from this program will be qualified in both Salish language fluency and effective teaching strategies in order to better meet the demand for highly qualified Salish language teachers throughout the Flathead Reservation and surrounding areas. After completion of the ISL component of the program, candidates will earn their Class 7 License through the SQCC and Montana Office of Public Instruction. Through the NLTE component of the SLED Program, candidates will graduate with an Associate of Science degree in Education. This work will increase the capacity of the community to perpetuate the Salish language for the next generations.
SLED Program Registration is September 14th in the Evelyn Stevenson Building.