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An Indigenous Look at Columbus Day in the Classroom

This workshop will: discuss the historical interaction between Columbus and the Taino, based on the writings of Columbus and his crew; give an overview of contemporary indigenous theories regarding the encounter; and discuss ways to approach the holiday while meeting state standards in the classroom.


Arizona Indians, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

This workshop will provide educators with information about American Indian tribes in Arizona.  The emphasis will be on contemporary tribal functions such as tribal governments and tribal resources for educators.


Beyond Historical Trauma

This workshop is intended for professionals who are familiar with Native American historical trauma theory.  The emphasis of this session is to examine historical trauma response in today’s educational setting for students and their families.  Educators will be given culturally competent strategies to help move students, families and communities forward in a path that honors education.


Contemporary Native Issues

What have American Indians experienced in the United States since World War II?  Most social studies texts do not answer that question.  American Indians experienced a dynamic transformation beginning in the 1930s and continue to evolve today into very different and complex government and social structures.  This workshop will discuss American Indian tribal issues and federal policies from the 1930s to today. 


Critical Examination of Classroom Literature:  Using Books with Native Themes and Elements

Are you promoting diversity when hanging “I is for Indian” in your classroom?  Do books written by Native American authors guarantee the best information for your students?  This workshop will give you the tools to answer these questions.  We will have a dynamic hands-on group discussion to answer your questions, in reference to materials used during holidays such as Thanksgiving & Columbus Day as well as supplemental materials used to cover the Social Studies Strand on Native American issues. 


Do’s and Don’ts when Teaching Native Art in the Classroom

The course will briefly examine the evolution of Southwestern Native art from traditional to contemporary uses.  This will lead to a discussion about the appropriate art to display or replicate in the classroom.


Engaging Native Youth and Their Families

American Indian students often display culturally appropriate traits that are easily misread in the larger mainstream culture.  This workshop will be a crash course on “typical” traits of Native students taking into account the levels of acculturation.  We will also discuss some best practice tips for engaging Native students and their families in the mainstream educational experience.


Engaging Native Parents in Difficult Topics

This workshop offers decolonizing strategies to work through historical trauma issues in education with Native American parents.  There will be discussions on historical trauma theory and decolonial responses.  An overview of contemporary struggles of Native youth will also be presented.


Enhancing Resilience in Native Youth

This series of workshops are targeted towards school counselors, social workers and social service providers who wish to gain culturally competent methodologies. There will be sessions identifying traditional native values and traditional native communication styles that strengthen our youth.  Interactive sessions will focus on ways to strengthen and honor the voice and vision of Native youth.


History of Indian Education

This course will examine notions of Indian Education, indigenous concepts of education, historical shifts in US policy towards Indian education and contemporary models of Indian education, emphasizing best-practice models. 


Hold the Turkey:  Understanding Native Perspectives of Thanksgiving

This workshop will: examine historical European references to a “day of thanks-giving”;examine the various American Indian tribal traditions of “thanks-giving”; discuss classroom activities/decorations during this holiday season.  Participants will receive a list of references materials and websites to use in the classroom.


Indigenous Evaluation

This workshop utilizes the American Indian Higher Education Consortium’s model of Native Evaluation Theory.  A specific focus will be given to the Power of Metaphor, Sovereignty, and Appreciative Inquiry models which will be discussed as tools for the K-12 system.  Be prepared to create and share new models of inquiry and evaluation.


Native Teens and Dating Violence

This workshop looks into the dynamics of teen dating norms among Native youth today.  The results of dating violence and domestic violence will be explored in depth.  We close with discussions of how to re-introduce traditional Native concepts of mutual respect and honorable relationships.


Sexual Assault and Native Youth

This workshop honestly examines teen sexuality, the results of trauma on Native American youth and how to foster resiliency among young Natives who have been sexually assaulted.  


Talking With Each Other:  Effective Multicultural Communication Strategies  

Create a cohort of educators who seek to have meaningful dialogue with peers, families and/or students from a different culture then their own.  This workshop will challenge our notions of race and culture in order to work towards a goal of embracing diversity and utilizes Courageous Conversations theory.


Understanding the Native American Boarding School Experience.

This workshop will discuss the origins of the United States Boarding School for Native Americans and the impact on Native families through the generations.  Specifically we will examine the effects of boarding school on contemporary Native views of educational systems.  Lastly, we will look at boarding schools today.


Welcome to Chuk~San:  Learning About the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui Tribes.

This course will briefly discuss historical and modern lives of Tohono O’odam and Pascua Yaqui Tribes who both live within and beyond Pima County boundaries.  The emphasis will be on modern tribal functions such as tribal government, current issues and tribal resources for educators.  


I.S. will be collaborating with UA College of Education and Ironwood Tree Experience on a two year project to examine ways to engage Native American boys in Education, Tribal Lifeways and Land Stewardship.  We are grateful to the Agnese Haury Foundation for allowing us the opportunity to thoughtfully approach this topic.
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