Summer CBAI Teachers Workshop

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Twenty ISD 2142 Teachers and Staff members attended the American Indian Student Services Summer workshop at Fortune Bay. The  week long gathering provided those attending with a better understanding of what a successful learning environment includes. Teachers were challenged to design and implement a culturally responsive classroom.

Speakers spoke to the importance of family and community support in each student’s life. Age appropriate lessons that teach empathy as well as math; sharing as well as drawing; putting others ahead of yourself as well as science. Teachers participated in activities to better understand the affects of poverty.

Book discussions were informally held discussing Louis Erdrich’s Birchbark House series for upper elementary students as well as her current best seller “The Round House”. Anton Treuer “Everything you wanted to know about Indians but were afraid to ask” and Sherman Alexie  “The Absolute True Story of a Part Time Indian” were also on the suggested book list for educators.

Keynote speakers included Runninghorse Livingston (Scholar and founder of  CGI), Val Tanner and Sarah Montgomery (Directors of the Native Teachers Program/College of St. Scholastica and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College), Crystal Redgrave (Scholar and Curriculum Writer currently working at the bug-o-nay-ge-shig School) and Carl Gawboy (Scholar and Visual Artist).

Teaching Artists included Kristine Sorenson (Video, Photo, Technology/iMovie on iPad) Faith Morrison (Sculpture/Birchbark Baskets), Karen Savage-Blue(Painting and Drawing) and Liz Jakola(Vocal Music).

Images from workshop taken by Kristine Sorenson of in progress, a program based in the Twin Cities that focuses on assisting young people in developing their skills as digital storytellers.

For more information on Kristine Sorenson and in progress.

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