Culturally Responsive PedagogyTitle II: Improving Teacher Quality Grant 2014

  • CENTER FOR BILINGUAL AND MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION HOSTS SUMMER WORKSHOPS: Carjuzaa held the annual Indian Education for All (IEFA) professional development conference in late June with 31 participants, all scholarship recipients who had attended Carjuzaa’s NASX graduate online course titled, “Indian Education for All: A Model for Culturally Responsive Teaching.” This annual conference brings teachers from Montana schools to Bozeman and teaches them how to incorporate Indian education into their classroom curriculum. This is the second Title II: Improving Teacher Quality grant on IEFA Carjuzaa has been awarded from OCHE. To date, 60 K-12 teachers have participated in the NASX courses and attended the summer conference. Ed Schupman, director of education at the National Museum for the American Indian, Jennifer Stadum, IEFA implementation specialist from the Office of Public Instruction, and Michael Munson, ILEAD student and adjunct instructor at Salish Kootenai College, were among the speakers. Numerous resources and strategies for integrating Indian Education for All across the curriculum were shared.
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Title II: Improving Teacher Quality Grant 2013

  • Indian Education Teaches Educators: This past summer[2013], K-12 educators from large and small school districts and from the reservations of Montana met in Bozeman to learn about incorporating Indian Education for All into the curriculum. The class, “Indian Education for All: A Model for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Practice” taught by Jioanna Carjuzaa from the Department of Education, explored the history of Indian Education for All (IEFA) within a multicultural education framework and discussed how educators are best prepared to implement this transformative educational policy. The class was taught online during the spring semester, with a week of face-to-face classroom instruction to teach educators how Indian education can be justified in all content areas.

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Cradleboard Teaching Project: Science Through Native American Eyes

  • The Cradleboard Teaching Project turns on the lights in public education about Native American culture -past, present, and most important for the children - the Future. It comes out of Indian country, and reaches far beyond, into the mainstream classroom and into the future of education. Backed by lesson plans and an excellent curriculum, the Cradleboard Teaching Project is also live and interactive, and totally unique; children learn with and from their long-distance peers using the new technology alongside standard tools, and delivering the truth to little kids with the help of several American Indian colleges. Cradleboard reaches both Indian and non-Indian children with positive realities, while they are young.This is the way of the future when it comes to offering a cultural study unit to a child because it's alive! This is the future when it comes to offering the cultural "real deal" to youngsters half a globe away, in time, we hope, to benefit the lives of Indian children who wonder "Who am I?...and who do others think I am?" During the five years that Buffy Sainte-Marie spent as a semi-regular on "Sesame Street", it was always her hope to convey in the Native American episodes one message above all: Indians Exist. We are alive and real, and we have fun and friends and families and a whole lot to contribute to the rest of the world through our reality.It's our hope at Cradleboard that we can joyfully replace the old inaccuracies, with reality, delivered by teams of experts; to the lifelong benefit of Indian children; and that every mainstream child will have access to an enriching Native studies unit provided by Indian people, including children of his or her own age.

    Cradleboard (krad-l-bord) a frame, made of natural materials, used by North American Indians to carry a child. The cradleboard style varies from tribe to tribe. It is flexible in use, protective and decorative; a Native American invention much appreciated by other cultures who have adapted the idea to their own uses.

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