Being an educator in the 21st Century brings with it extra challenges. Educators have a platform that impacts the lives of many students and families. When educators take time to learn about the lives and cultures of their students, their students begin to feel trust. Trust makes teaching and learning more enjoyable!
For many Native families, feeling trust for the American school system is challenging. Native students have the lowest graduation rates across the nation. In addition, many Native families report feeling underserved in the Public School system. A quick look at the relationship between Native people and the American school system shows a history of abuse and coersion. The effects of this are still felt today by Native communities and families.
Redbud Resource Group works with Tribes and Native families to create content for educators who want to support Native students. All published work is supported by academic research, Tribal research, and educator experience.
"Seeing Our Native STudents"
Many of us can recall an educator or mentor who made us feel wanted and cared for. We may also recall a teacher who did the opposite. At the core of these feelings are relationships. Students who feel seen and cared for may take more risks in their academic journeys. Healthy risk taking is essential for growth at all stages in life. So, educators, how do we make sure our students feel seen?
To be released in January 2021, "Seeing Our Native Students" is a comprehensive educator guide that specifically addresses the needs of Native students. Created in partnership with Four Winds of Indian Education Inc. in Chico, California, "Seeing Our Native Students" is inspired by the complex and emotional experiences of Native families within California's education system.
With the hope of improving education outcomes for Native youth, our guide provides an introduction to contemporary Native identity and community structure, and offers useful tools that educators can use to help Native families feel welcome in the school community.