The Elementary Education program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) is thrilled to host the first annual Ed Fest on June 26, 2023. Ed Fest 2023 – Bringing Indigenous Teachings into the Classroom will include exciting presentations and workshops for educators throughout the day and a free community feast in the evening. Ed Fest 2023 will feature keynote speaker, James Vukelich and a lunch presentation by 2022 Teacher of the Year, Sarah Lancaster. For more information about Ed Fest 2023, visit

“We are very excited to offer the first annual Ed Fest at FDLTCC,” shared FDLTCC Dean of Education, Kim Spoor, “To start us off, James Vukelich will speak on the Seven Grandfather Teachings. The teachings will extend into the rest of the day, where educators will learn a how to weave and apply Indigenous culture into their curriculum through hands-on activities. These sessions are for Native and Non-Native educators who want to engage all students to be a part of their own learning. Following Ed Fest there will be a community feast that is free and open to the public.”

Ed Fest 2023 is a wonderful opportunity for current and new educators. “Our students are very excited to take the cultural teachings and apply it in the classroom,” shared FDLTCC Elementary Education Program Coordinator, Sara Montgomery, “Culturally responsive approaches to education provides students the ability to connect the Anishinaabe history and culture into the present day.”

Ed Fest 2023 starts at 9:00am on June 26, 2023. Registration for the daytime portions of the event is $55.00. The free community feast featuring a presentation by James Vukelich will start at 4:45pm and is open to everyone.

Ed Fest 2023 is sponsored by the 13 Moons FDLTCC Extension Program, American Indian College Fund, Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Program, and FDLTCC Elementary Education Program.

To learn more about ED Fest 2023 – Bringing Indigenous Teachings into the Classroom, please contact Kim Spoor at kimberly.spoor*AT* or visit


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