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.

Listening Sessions (Phase 3)

To date, Humboldt County Office of Education has hosted 92 community meetings, reaching 1,600 participants, across NorCal.  HCOE will continue to host virtual and in-person updates and focus groups throughout the final phase of the project (phase 3). HCOE invites feedback on drafts of model lessons and resources from CA tribal community members, youth, educators and knowledge keepers.

During Phase 3, participants will:

Provide feedback on drafts of model curriculum for usability, cultural significance and regional representation.

Would you like to host a project update 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

Upcoming NASMC Events

  • May 18, 2024: Presentation of NASMC resources for feedback
    At UC Riverside (CA Indian Studies Scholars Association)
  • June 24-25, 2024: NASMC Focus Group for Educators (Cal Poly Course)
  • July 1-2, 2024: NASMC Focus Group for Educators (Cal Poly Course)
  • August 6, 2024: Project Update at Bear River Rancheria (Details TBA)
  • September 30, 2024: Virtual Update meeting (Register Now)
  • October 30, 2024: Virtual Update meeting (Register Now)
  • January 30, 2025: Virtual Update meeting (Regsiter Now)
  • January-March 2025: Tribal groups may request the opportunity to vet lessons that pertain to their cultural group. Tribes may also contribute their own curriculum or videos for the NASMC Resource List. Submit open source educational resources to Rebecca Lowry at RLowry@hcoe.org
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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