Updated: March 26, 2020 11:07 PM
Created: March 26, 2020 06:53 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- While kids are home from school amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is letting people download its K-12 curriculum for free.
Students can learn just about any subject-- with a Native American perspective.
“One out of five New Mexicans are of Native American heritage, and yet in the classroom nothing is taught on that, and when we looked at the Pueblos, no Pueblo history was being taught in the classroom,” said Beverlee McClure who is with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
She says that needed to change. A group of Pueblo educators got together to create “Indigenous Wisdom”, state-approved lesson plans that could be used in all classrooms.
“Our goal was to get this curriculum in every classroom in the state, and now those classrooms are at home,” McClure said.
The lesson plans have been in the works for some time after getting a grant from the Kellogg Foundation. The lessons were prepared before Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham pushed for culturally responsive education in the classroom. At first just available to educators, now anyone can have access to it.
Math is taught with an Indigenous perspective by making the Pueblo dish Blue Corn pancakes using the measurements.
“It’s very easy and in fact we’ve had great response with that from parents because the lesson plans are very detailed so the parent doesn’t have to have any guess what’s next or guess what to say. Plus there are very hands on descriptions about the activities," McClure said.
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