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Mr. Denny Hurtado

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Board of Trustees Member

Phone: (206) ***-****  HQ Phone
College Spark Washington
190 Queen Anne Avenue N Suite 260
Seattle , Washington 98109
United States

Company Description: We make grants to organizations and institutions throughout Washington state that are helping low-income students improve their academic achievement, prepare for...   more

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  • Bachelor's degree , Social Science
    California State University at Sacramento
  • Master's degree , School Administration
    California State University at Humboldt
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College Spark Washington, 4 April 2014 [cached]
Denny Hurtado
Retired Indian Education Director, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Denny ..., 9 June 2011 [cached]
Denny Hurtado Skokomish Indian Tribe
Denny Hurtado (TacH-Mi-acH-t3n) is an enrolled member of the Skokomish Indian Tribe, and a resident of the Skokomish Reservation. He has spent the past three decade's advocating for Indian rights and Indian education and recently, helped develop the Northwest Native American Reading curriculum, which focuses on the Drum, the Canoe, and Hunting and Gathering. Denny also worked on the "Reading and the Native American Learner" research document and is co-author of "Reading First, Literacy and American Indian Students," which is getting ready for publication and also finalizing a paper on a "Culture Based Professional Development Model" for educators.
He received my Bachelor's degree in Social Science and a Lifetime Secondary Teaching Credential from the California State University at Sacramento and a Master's degree in School Administration from the California State University at Humboldt. He was the Indian Education Director for Washington State's Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the past ten years and work with all the 29 Tribes in Washington State.
Before his appointment to the Indian Education Director's position, Denny was the Upward Bound Director at the Evergreen State College for almost seven years. He served as President of the Northwest Association of Special Programs for three years, which represents the TRIO programs in, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. From 1978 to 1992, he was an Indian commercial fisherman and substitute teacher.
Denny served on the Skokomish Tribal Council for the past seventeen years and has held several positions: Chairman, Vice-Chairman and General Council President. He also serves as the Co-chair of the Native Nations Institute, International Advisory Council with the University of Arizona. Currently he is the Chair of the Native American Advisory Board at the University of Washington, and serves on the College Spark board, National Indian Education Association, and the Western region, college board.
Some of Denny's honors include being selected to serve as a panelist for the achievement levels-setting pilot study for the 1998 Civics National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). He was also selected as an intern for Rockefeller/American Association of Community and Junior Colleges Administrative Internship.
As an Indian educator Denny has presented many workshops and trainings in the area of Indian education and culturally responsive curriculum and professional development. His hobbies are photography, hiking and traveling.
Denny Hurtado, director of ..., 6 Oct 2010 [cached]
Denny Hurtado, director of the Washington state office of Indian Education, says his state's new curriculum goes beyond Pocahantas and General George A. Custer to share a deeper Native American story with students, and to help restore native pride.
Hurtado says the curriculum also helps to combat negative stereotypes and to create coursework that is culturally relevant and appeals to Indian students, including many who lag behind their peers in academic achievement.
Hurtado, Washington's Indian Education director, says the committee creating his state's curriculum did whatever it could to make it easy for teachers to use, and flexibility was key - from a 45-minute discussion to a semester-long class.
"We took out all the excuses," he says.
Hurtado wants to encourage teachers to work closely with local tribes and Indian education programs and invite tribal members to speak to their students.
"It's about developing relationships first," Hurtado says.
Potlatch Fund :: Leadership Awards, 26 Mar 2007 [cached]
The 2008 Patricia Whitefoot Education Award :Denny Hurtado
Denny Hurtado is Director of the Washington state office of Indian Education. Mr. Hurtado is a former chairman of the Skokomish Nation. He has been instrumental in the development of a Native American reading curriculum that is being used across Washington State . Mr Hurtado is also the chair of the University of Washington 's Native American Advisory Board.
College Spark Washington - Grants Overview, 4 April 2010 [cached]
Denny Hurtado Indian Education Director, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
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