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Deepen Knowledge in Supporting Native American Students

Californians will recognize California Native American Day on Sept. 24 and national Native America Day on Oct. 10. As we work toward equity for all, supporting Native American students is a priority for the San Diego County Office of Education and through statewide partnerships we have developed several professional development opportunities to deepen educators' knowledge and increase support for all students.

The San Diego County Office of Education adopted a resolution at its regular September board meeting honoring and recognizing California Native American Day. 

Native Ways of Knowing

On-Demand Courses 

Learn from Native American educational, cultural, and tribal experts and deepen our understanding about the diverse histories, cultures, and contributions of California American Indians in short, online Native Ways of Knowing micro-courses available on-demand. Developed in collaboration with California Indian Education for All (CIEFA), these micro-courses provide community-created resources on important instructional topics, including understanding land acknowledgements, foundational understanding of teaching and learning about Native Americans, and tribal language preservation and revitalization. The courses also feature teaching toolkits on indigenous voices of California missions and California Gold Rush.

Live Webinars

Join SDCOE and CIEFA on select Wednesdays beginning Sept. 21 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. with free Native Ways of Knowing live webinars. Educators, administrators, school librarians, and tribal education leaders who support students in grades K-12 are invited to learn from several renowned Native American professors, scholars, and change-makers. Participants will engage in reflective learning that intersects equitable learning practices and interrupts colonial practices. The 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. 

American Indian Education Talking Circle

The American Indian Education Talking Circle Network gathers once a month beginning Sept. 15 to share strengths and knowledge to improve the educational programs for Native youth. District/school American Indian Education Directors, Title VI teachers on special assignment, tribal education leaders, and Title VI leaders are invited to learn from Native American education and tribal education experts to ensure Indigenous cultural values and history are honored and truthfully represented in schools. This Community of Practice includes topics and trainings such as:

  • Tribal Consultation Toolkit
  • Title VI Programs
  • American Indian/Alaska Native (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