The Native Education Practices PLC is designed to connect K-12 educators with Native and Indigenous educators, knowledge keepers, advocates, and community members. The goal is to support K-12 educators in building their capacity to integrate historically accurate Native and Indigenous knowledge into their current and future practices.
Collaboration, accuracy, and fidelity are needed to authentically represent Native students in the classroom so they see themselves in an uplifting and positive way in the curriculum. Teaching the contemporary topics, knowledge, and history of the First Nations of the geographic region is a process that must include their voices.
The N8tive Ed PLC’s aim is to serve Native youth by being a bridge for educators to the voices in the field of Native education. Our objective is to credit indigenous knowledge at an equitable level with western knowledge, and change current practices in education that are not accurate or authentic to First Nation People and their distinct cultures.
Strategies we hope to impart are:
- Learning the importance of speaking of Native people in the present
- Accessing resources that Native people from the region agree are best for including in your curriculum, and
- Encouraging all education community members to encourage educators to design learning, use teaching practices, and engage ALL students in a manner that reinscribes Native People.
We invite all K-12 educators to join the N8tive Education PLC to engage and serve the First Nations youth, communities, and knowledge.
Participants who attend at least 4 sessions and present a project can receive 10 PDPs.
The PLC will meet 9 times per school year. The first meeting is September 20, 2023. For succeeding dates and times in the year, please contact the facilitators: José Lugo: Jlugo@collaborative.org, and Itza Martinez: email@example.com.