Native American Studies Model Curriculum

A Statewide Partnership Effort Funded through the California Department of Education


The Native American Studies Model Curriculum (NASMC) defined as lesson plans, primary source documents, planning resources, teaching strategies, and professional development activities to assist educators in teaching about Native American studies. The Humboldt County Office of Education and the San Diego County Office of Education have been selected as lead agencies in the development of the NASMC.  By design, the model curriculum will be developed in partnership with California Tribes, other COEs, and native youth serving organizations.

AB 167 Model Curriculum Projects

Assembly Bill 167, Chapter 252, Statutes of 2021 amended California Education Code sections 33540.2, 33540.4, 33540.6 and 51226.9, for the development and maintenance of model curricula relating to the Vietnamese American refugee experience, the Cambodian genocide, Hmong history and cultural studies, and Native American studies. The California Department of Education shall, in collaboration with, and subject to the approval of, the executive director of the state board, enter into contracts with county offices of education for the purposes of developing a model curriculum. Work on these projects will begin in 2022 and conclude by September of 2025.

Please continue to return to this page as information will be posted as the project progresses.  Feel free to reach out to Colby Smart, HCOE Assistant Superintendent with questions about the NASMC project.


Contact Information

Colby Smart, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Humboldt County Office of Education
Tel: 707.441.4502

Jack Bareilles
NASMC Grant Reporting
Northern Humboldt Union High School District
Tel: 707.839.6470

Cutcha Risling Baldy, Ph.D.
NAS Department Chair and NASMC Lead Scholar
Cal Poly Humboldt
Tel: 707.826.4322