November 1, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Jennifer Chavez
Public Information Officer
(505) 476-0393

2004 New Mexico Tribal Truancy Conference will Take Place Friday, November 19th

(Santa Fe, NM)-- The New Mexico Public Education Department and the American Indian Development Associates (AIDA) are joining forces to offer an important and needed training on Friday, November 19th, 2004. This training is aimed at educators, school administrators, tribal leaders, community members, parents, youth and other allied professionals who work with Native American students and deal with truancy prevention. Youth between the ages of 13 -18 years of age are encouraged to attend. Youth activities will be conducted throughout the day. The program will start at 8:00 am and adjourn at 4:00 pm. The conference supports the Governor’s Truancy Initiative program for Native American youth.

Topics that will be covered during the conference include:

§ Newly enacted truancy laws and policies

§ Tribal concerns with the implementation of House Bill 106

§ Youth panel session regarding truancy

§ Development of intergovernmental agreements between schools and tribes

§ Effective strategies to prevent truancy

§ Current School based programs

§ Prevention strategies on bullying in schools

§ The role and responsibility of truancy officers

There is a $35.00 registration fee. Registration fees must be postmarked prior to November 10th, 2004. For more information or registration forms contact the American Indian Development Associates, 2401 12th Street NW, suite 212, Albuquerque, NM 87104. (505) 842-1122.