Shout out to Rosie Molina, Seminole/Choctaw/Muscogee Creek, Junior at John F. Kennedy High School, who did an outstanding job presenting her group project with Future10X.
The students shared insights about the education system at a community event at Skylight community space with over 100 educators and policy makers. Future10X, in partnership with Teach for America and sponsored by the Gates Family Foundation, is a student-led organization. They believe the past and current strategies have not yet delivered the necessary results, even by their own measure of success. This is mainly because strategies and policymakers have largely left out the most important constituency of the education system: the students themselves.
This came on the heels of another event that Rosie recently participated in. Two hundred and fifty statewide policy makers, school board members, and other education and community leaders met at the Denver Indian Center for an event titled “Indian Education, More than just a history class: Filling Gaps in Colorado’s Education System”, sponsored by the Donnell-Kay Foundation.
Rosie kicked off the event with an official Land Acknowledgement and participated in the panel discussion. She represented the student perspective on challenges and possible solutions to increasing Native American representation in educational curriculum.