'Long Overdue' Student advocates push for Indigenous curriculum countywide
BY CARLY WIPF
he Advocacy and Water Protection in Native California High School Curriculum comes complete with lesson plans and teacher resources, and puts an emphasis on hands-on experiences, like traditional dug-out canoe rides.
In an effort to reshape the way schools teach about Indigenous issues, two local student activists are pushing to get a new Native American-focused curriculum in schools throughout the region.
In 2020, local Indigenous leaders and educators from Cal Poly Humboldt and local nonprofit Save California Salmon released a curriculum called the Advocacy and Water Protection in Native California High School Curriculum. The 93-page curriculum, which comes complete with lesson plans and a companion teachers guide to additional resources, is aligned to state Common Core Standards and provides teachers a framework for adding Indigenous history and knowledge to existing courses and lessons...
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