Technical Assistance

Development and Implementation of WAC 181-78A-700:

Name and Contact InfoAreas of Expertise 
Valerie Bellack, Muckleshoot Tribe
253.735.6647 Ext 121 
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Curriculum and Materials Development
  • Language & Technlogy
  • Pilot and Guidelines
Inez Bill, Lummi Nation
Tulalip Tribes Rediscovery Program Manager

  • Cultural Awareness 
Tim Brewer

  • Law

Melissa Campobasso, Okanogan Band of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation
  • Indian Education
  • Law
  • Tribal Government
Karen Condon, Okanogan Wenatchee Band of the Confederated Colville Tribes
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Indian Education
  • Pilot Guidelines
  • Tribal Government
Francis Cullooyah, Kalispel Tribe
509.445.1147 ext. 281

  • Cultural Awareness
Bryan Flett, Spokane Tribes of Indians

  • Pilot Guidelines
Hank Gobin, Tulalip Tribes
Cultural Resources Program Manager

  • Cultural Awareness
Mercedes Hinkson

  • Linguistics, Salishan Languages

Sharon R. Kinley, Lummi Nation
Director, Coast Salish Institute/Northwest Indian College

  • Curriculum and Materials Development
  • Cultural Awareness (integration)
  • Indian Education
  • Language and Technology
  • Linguistics
  • Tribal Government
Denny Hurtado, Skokomish Tribe
Indian Education Director, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • Curriculum and Materials Development
  • Indian Education
  • Tribal Government
Makah Lnaguage Program

  • Instructional Methodology (minimal Linguistics)
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Curriculum & Materials Development
Maria Parker Pascua, Makah Nation
Language Specialist and High School Language Teacher

Patsy Martin, Yakama Nation

  • Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Grant Writing
  • Indian Education
  • Tribal Government
John E. Sirois (say' ay'_, Confederatied Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation
Cultural Preservation Administrator
PO Box 150, Nesplelem, WA 99155
509.634.2712 (phone)
509.631.1049 (mobile)
509.634.2714 (fax)

  • Collaborative Partnerships
  • Cultural Awareness/Preservation
  • Grant Proposal Development
  • Program Development
  • Utilizing Technology
Ted Solomon, Lummi Tribe
Language Program Director

  • Pilot Guidelines

Jamie Valadez, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
360.452.1290 or 360.565.1556

  • What do you need to do to get certified?
Martina Whelshula, Arrow Lakes Nation of the Confederated Colville Tribes

  • Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Pilot Guidelines
  • Program Creation
  • Understanding Language and Learning in a New Paradigm
Suzi Wright, Linguist
360.658.3617 or 425.879.6694

  • Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Pilot Guidelines
  • Program Creation
  • Understanding Language and Learning in a New Paradigm

Marsha Wynecoop, Spokane Tribe of Indians
Language Program Manager

  •  Pilot Guidelines

Areas of Expertise:

Assessment – What is it? How is it done? Is assessment only testing? 

Building Collaborative Relationships – How do you build successful collaborations through respectful relationships? What are the key principles of building successful collaborative relationships? 

Creative Problem Solving – Think outside the box. The possibilities are limitless if you can train yourself to explore ideas that seem impossible. 

Cultural Awareness – What is culture? How do you teach about culture? What can you teach about culture in a public education system? How can you use language to teach culture? What does it mean to be multicultural? 

Curriculum and Materials Development – What is curriculum? How does it affect materials and classroom instruction? How is it affected by the community’s and school’s goals? How is it related to assessment? Does a curriculum have to be based on discrete grammar points or on Essential Academic Learning Requirements? Can a curriculum be theme or topic or project based? 

Grant Writing – When you do need a planning grant? When do you need an implementation grant? What is the difference? Do you ask for space before staff? 

Indian Education 

Instructional Methodology – What are the best methods for language revitalization? 

Language and Learning – What is language? How do you learn language? How do you teach language? How do you learn a language? Does age make a difference? What is the difference between maintenance and revitalization and how does this impact learning? 

Language and Technology – Use of technological resources in teaching and revitalizing languages. What are the ethical concerns? What are intellectual property rights? 

Law – Civil rights, Indian education, language rights, intellectual property rights 

Linguistics – The science of language. How do you create a written system? What sounds do you represent and how? How do you create a grammar? What type of grammar is most useful for teaching? What is a dictionary? What should be represented in the dictionary? 

New Strategic Directions: Program Development as a Process – Often our goals become our prison. How can you use goals to lead you? This approach to program development encourages teamwork, lots of communication, and a constant revision of goals. Relationship, learning and successful collaboration are the immediate benefits. 

Pilot and Guidelines - What is the pilot program? What is required? Where do you start? Who needs to be involved? What do you do and when do you do it? 

Transformational Communication – Imagine communicating from nothing, with no assumptions, preconceptions, or past experiences influencing the way we hear what people have to say. Imagine what could be possible if you could learn how to communicate with others in this way. 

Tribal Government 

Understanding Language and Learning in a new Paradigm- Words are Medicine: We Frame Our World through Language. Language creates the world. How is our worldview created in the language we use? How is our future created in the language we use? 

What do you need to do to get certified? – So you want to be a language teacher? What next?