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Student Engagement: Build It, Implement It, Nurture It


June 3-4, 2024

We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort

10438 Wekopa Way, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264

Hotel Room Reservations: 480-789-5300 or toll free at 844-493-5672.  (Group rate has ended.)







Experience the fluidity and holistic meaning of the acronym “RESET” modeled by SunClan consultants who are fully invested in our goal to provide effective solutions for achieving Indigenous potential!  You will enjoy complete alignment between sessions focused on reestablishing a solid foundation for student engagement.  We will be moving, so wear your comfortable shoes!

Program Goals for Learning to:

  • Use research to create student readiness.

  • Build purposeful student engagement in the classroom.

  • Build a healthy environment that leads to community cohesion which leads to help-seeking behavior.

  • How to implement student engagement with novelty!

Meet Our Presenters

Tim McGowan

Networks of Support

An educator for thirty-two years, Tim McGowan was a science teacher, school counselor, and program advisor in Rapid City, SD. For the past decade, Tim has worked with schools around the U.S. to develop prevention strategies that proactively strengthen healthy social bonds and reduce suicide. For the past three years, he has been a trainer for the University of Rochester, NY on a research project addressing military suicides. The result: Zero suicides since the project began!


Jon Lansa

Hopi, School District Administrator

Jon has worked as a teacher, coach, and principal in public schools for over 20 years at both the elementary and high school levels. He currently oversees the federal funding and school improvement processes for over 80 schools in Tucson. Jon is Hopi, from the Sun Forehead Clan on Shungopavi. He is dedicated to using his experience to open up educational opportunities and understanding for Native students, families, and educators.


Dr. Elizebeth Johnson

Eastern Michigan University

"Dr. J" is a Distinguished Professor at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her expertise lies in Instructional Design, Professional Development, and Educational Leadership. Her passion is equity for all students. Dr. J has worked extensively with Native American populations, including the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona and recently contributed to the success of our Native American Youth Leadership Academy in Holbrook.


Jessie Taken Alive-Rencountre

After 15 years as a school counselor, she became an author and was named the Great Plains Emerging Tribal Writer’s Award winner for her 1st children’s book, “Pet’a Shows Misun the Light.” Five books later, Jessie was invited to be a guest speaker for Facebook and Instagram in 2021. That same year, she was named a Future Legacy Leader by the Spirit Aligned Leadership Program, an international organization. Jessie is a Lakota Jingle Dress dancer and loves to educate others about Lakota culture by combining storytelling with traditional song and dance.

Hunkpapa Lakota, Author


Nadine Groenig

Laguna Pueblo, Owner/CEO

After more than 18 years in K-12 education and 11 years in the non-profit business sector, Nadine started SunClan Consulting in 2020. An expert in federal funding benefitting Indigenous students, their parents, and their educators, she has developed an outstanding team of professionals to lead new concepts and develop programs in Indigenous Education.

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