SHI Lecture Series for Community on Culturally-Responsive Education

  • My Life in Education as a Native Teacher: Ation

    By Shgen George, who is Dak’laweidi from Angoon and who taught for 22 years.

    Personal look at culturally responsive educaMy Life in Education as a Native Teacher: Ation by Shgen George, who is Dak’laweidi from Angoon and who taught for 22 years. In her talk, George will take community members on a journey through the lens of an Alaska Native educator and share examples of educational experiences throughout Southeast Alaska and the impacts on students. George will talk about things she experienced, including culturally biased curriculum, practices and policies, as well as examples that support culturally responsive teaching practices and curriculum.

     

     

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  • History and Healing: A Story of Douglas

    By Dan Motieth, a scholar who does research and work in a variety of subjects within anthropology. 

    A Story of Douglas In his talk, Monteith will discuss the institutional and systemic racism in Juneau and Douglas that has led to countless events that have inflicted historical trauma on Alaska Natives. In the 1950s, the City of Douglas built a school over Alaska Native graves and a cemetery.  Following the building of Gastineau Elementary School, the City of Douglas and their council condemned, bulldozed, and burned many Native homes and buildings in the Native village located there. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss how we as a community acknowledge, educate, heal and compensate for this historical trauma. 

     

     

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  • History of Alaska Native Education

    By Chookangee Tláa (Mischa Plunkett Jackson), an assistant professor of secondary education at UAS.

    This presentation will take participants through history, starting at contact, to provide a backdrop and contextual understanding to different events that have shaped the educational systems in place for Alaska Natives.  These events and policies have had a lasting impact on Southeast Alaska Native families and communities throughout history and today. Events from Southeast Alaska will highlight the active role that Alaska Natives have taken in attempts to push for educational reform and opportunities for future generations.

     

     

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  • Culturally Responsive Curriculum - From Governance to Classroom

    By Peggy Cowan, an educational consultant working with professional organizations and the University of Alaska Southeast and former superintendent for the North Slope Borough School District.

    Cowan will describe a systemic approach to developing a districtwide, culturally-responsive curriculum for the North Slope Borough School District. Initiated ten years ago, this presentation will explain the roles and responsibilities from school board to teachers and will reflect on lessons learned in sustaining this work in the context of this rural school district. The effort included developing an Inupiaq Learning Framework, which articulated standards valued by the community and paired these expectations with state and national standards in academic areas in locally relevant lessons.Cowan will describe a systemic approach to developing a districtwide, culturally-responsive curriculum for the North Slope Borough School District. Initiated ten years ago, this presentation will explain the roles and responsibilities from school board to teachers and will reflect on lessons learned in sustaining this work in the context of this rural school district. The effort included developing an Inupiaq Learning Framework, which articulated standards valued by the community and paired these expectations with state and national standards in academic areas in locally relevant lessons.

     

     

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