Support for Instruction
Native students have unique academic needs that aligns with culturally specific instruction and experiential learning.
The Indian Education staff collaborates with our community partners through Phillips Indian Educators to provide MPS teachers and staff with an outstanding Professional Development experience. Teachers are introduced to the history of Indian Education, given basic information about tribal people in Minnesota, and even venture to the most sacred sites of the Dakota people located right here in the Twin Cities area.
Together, we explore the Best Practices for Native student success by delving into an Indigenous worldview using the Seven Sacred Teachings of the Anishinaabe and D/Lakota people. Teachers are provided with tools to integrate academic rigor into their own teaching practice through an Indigenous cultural lens. Coaching and resources are available for teachers throughout the year.
Space is limited for our upcoming Professional Development opportunities. Classroom teachers in our best practice sites (Anishinabe, South All Nations & Nawayee Center School) are given preference, however, all MPS staff is welcome to participate. Register via eCompass
For more information about improving your teaching practice through an Indigenous worldview, please contact our District Program Facilitators on staff, Ida Downwind or Odia Wood-Krueger
Culturally relevant and academically rigorous classroom practices are what is proven to help Native students succeed. Professional Development provided by the Indian Education Department can help guide your teaching practice to meet academic standards through cultural teachings.