Native Ways of Knowing Book List
Decolonizing and Indigenizing Classrooms and Libraries
To help educators and parents choose high-quality Indigenous authored books, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and California Indian Education (CIEFA) have designed this Native Ways of Knowing Book List: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Classrooms and Libraries. These books have been vetted by Native American scholars, CIEFA, and SDCOE staff. Please consider adding these insightful and vibrant Indigenous authored books to your school, classroom, or home library. Adding these books to your classroom will help teach young readers empathy, courage, resilience, sovereignty, and Native Ways of Knowing. These suggested Indigenous authors and illustrators utilize Indigenous storytelling and convey the breadth of Native cultures and sovereignty.
INDIGENIZED PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
Native Ways of Knowing Micro-Courses
Champion student learning while teaching the diverse histories, cultures, and contributions of California Native Peoples
San Diego County Office of Education and California Indian Education for All (CIEFA) will be hosting Native Ways of Knowing micro-courses. Educators and leaders are invited to learn from Native American educational, cultural, and tribal experts. Digital resources and Native Ways of Knowing micro-courses will liberate teachers and schools to educate students about the diverse histories, cultures, and contributions of California Native peoples. Educators and leaders will learn how to champion Indigenous education and design programs that support cultural and linguistic preservation and revitalization. The culturally responsive resources shared will improve representations and classroom climates for teaching and learning about California's First Peoples.
Native Ways of Knowing LIVE Webinars
Supporting Literacy and Culturally Responsive Instruction for Native American Students
San Diego County Office of Education and California Indian Education for All are hosting a free, Native Ways of Knowing Webinar Series. K-12 educators and leaders are invited to learn from several renowned Native American professors, scholars, and change makers. Participants will access free culturally responsive resources to improve representations and classroom climates for teaching and learning about California's first peoples. Live and interactive webinars are designed for participants to gain knowledge on supporting literacy, cultural competency, and culturally responsive instruction for Native American students. Each session will include access to free, open-source lesson plans, resources, and instructional materials.
Participants will reflect on the following:
- Whose stories do we chose to promote?
- How can we design more actively-centered Native stories and experiences?
- How can we use children's books to broaden our community conversation about race and decolonization?
- What ways can schools design programs and structures to honor Native Ways of Knowing?
All live, virtual webinars will be held on select Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. PDT
Register at: https://sdcoe.k12oms.org/902-224595
Audience: PK-12 teachers, administrators, tribal education staff, and school librarians
American Indian Education Talking Circle
San Diego County Office of Education and California Indian Education for All are hosting monthly American Indian Education Talking Circles. SDCOE and CIEFA are committed to closing the opportunity gap that exists between American Indian students and their peers. As a community, we will gather once a month to share our strengths and knowledge to improve the educational programs for Native youth. During monthly Talking Circles district/school American Indian Education Directors, Title VI TOSAs , tribal education leaders, and Title VI leaders are invited to learn from Native American education and tribal education experts. Meetings will discuss how to ensure Indigenous cultural values and history are honored and truthfully represented in schools. This Community of Practice will share resources and programs in K-12 education related to American Indian education and improvement strategies that are culturally responsive approaches based on holistic connections to tribal knowledge and Indigenous identity. Sessions include new resources and opportunities to engage with Native American professionals in the field. We welcome those who share a commitment for improving access, opportunities, and supports to allow American Indian students to thrive in school.
Monthly meeting topics and trainings will include:
- Tribal Consultation Toolkit
- Title VI Programs
- AI/AN Student Success
- Understanding Sovereignty
- Innovative Tribal Education Programs
- Indigenous Language Preservation
- AI/AN Family and Community Engagement
- Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Learning
- UC Opportunity Plan
- AI/AN College and Career Support
- Native American Studies Model Curriculum
- Grant Funding Updates
All live, virtual meetings will be held on select Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. PDT
Register at: https://sdcoe.k12oms.org/902-223504
Audience: District AI/AN Education Directors, Title VI TOSAs, Tribal Education Directors, and Title VI Leaders
Our mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth about the diverse histories, cultures and contributions of California Native peoples.
Our goal is to create culturally responsive resources that improve representations and classroom climates for teaching and learning about California's first people.