The Curriculum and Instruction program is dedicated to ensuring that culture and language is centered throughout our educational system which includes each educational program, throughout each day, and within each subject. Through intentional collaboration and co-development practices we strive to thoughtfully and intentionally support and strengthen efforts to Indigenize oureducational system from birth through adult and higher education.
Our multifaceted work creates a holistic and intentional system of curriculum, training, and support ensuring high quality, appropriate, and accurate content development and implementation supports. This includes co-developing Muckleshoot culturally centered curriculum and educational resources, conducting classroom observations, organizing and implementing hands-on activities and field trips, and planning, coordinating, and facilitating staff trainings. The Curriculum and Instruction’s programming and services are currently offered to the Muckleshoot Early Learning Academy to 12th grade, with plans of expanding to birth to three and adult and higher education. This work is referred to as siʔiʔab gʷədᶻadad (Honorable Teachings).
Continue co-developing curriculum and offering intentional and holistic staff support to support and strengthen efforts to Indigenize our educational system from birth through adult and higher education.
Through intentional and continued collaboration with a sizable co-development group consisting of Tribal members, community members, educational leadership, language and culture staff, teachers and mental health staff, the Curriculum and Instruction program co-developed and completed the K-12 Plant Teachings for Supporting Social and Emotional Skills during the 2021-2022 school year. In the project’s third year, we continue to refine and strengthen the curriculum by:
• Provided week-long training in August followed by monthly full day trainings to K-12 teachers.
• Developed a planning binder to support teacher and staff planning, collaboration, and implementation.
• Presented at the Effective Teaching Institute on Indigenizing and decolonizing education.
• Expand curriculum development and support services to birth to three and adult and higher education.
• Continue to research, plan, and co-develop a Water unit that is Muckleshoot culturally centered.
• Continue to strengthen the haytxʷ ʔəsq̓̌ ʷuʔ (Learning Together) project.