Native American Studies Model Curriculum

A Statewide Partnership Effort Funded through the California Department of Education

Call For Curriculum Development to Tribal Nations, Educators and Knowledge Keepers

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Overview

The Native American Studies Model Curriculum (NASMC) is 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. HCOE serves regions 1-3 as noted in map below.

NASMC Region Map

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.

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Contact Information

Rebecca Lowry, MSW
Native American Learning Specialist
Humboldt County Office of Education
Tel: 707.582.2175
Email:  rlowry@hcoe.org

Maggie Peters
Native American Learning Specialist
Humboldt County Office of Education
Tel: 707.845.6960
Email:  mpeters@hcoe.org

Rosie Slentz, Ed.D
Director, Learning Support Services
Humboldt County Office of Education
Tel: 707.834.0786
Email: rslentz@hcoe.org

Colby Smart, Ed.D
Deputy Superintendent
Humboldt County Office of Education
Tel: 707.445.7031
Email: csmart@hcoe.org

Cutcha Risling Baldy, Ph.D.
NASMC Lead Scholar
Cal Poly Humboldt
Tel: 707.826.4322
Email:  crislingbaldy@humboldt.edu

Upcoming Listening Sessions (Phase 2)

The Humboldt County Office of Education will host multiple virtual and in-person listening sessions throughout Northern California during the next two years. Perspectives of CA tribal community members, youth, educators and culture bearers will lead the development of the NASMC. HCOE is currently leading phase 2 of listening sessions.

During Phase 2 Listening Sessions, participants will: 

  • Receive an update on the progress of the NorCal NASMC
  • Provide feedback on drafts of model curriculum for usability, cultural significance and regional representation.

Would you like to host a public listening session or focus group in your community? Contact:

Rebecca Lowry, MSW
Native American Learning Specialist
Humboldt County Office of Education
Tel: 707.582.2175
Email:  rlowry@hcoe.org

Consultations and Project Updates

Consultations with Tribal Nations of Regions 1-3

These virtual sessions are reserved for representatives of tribal nations, federal and non-federally recognized (Educational Directors, council members or whomever the tribe appoints). Participants will receive a project update, share about existing tribal educational resources and discuss potential partnerships in creating the K-12 NAS model curriculum. Click on a date to register for the session.

Project Update with Q & A for General Public of Regions 1-3

These sessions include a project update, Q & A and an opportunity to discuss potential partnerships. Samples of model curriculum drafts will be shared when possible. Click on a date to register for the session.