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Let American Indians Evolve

Shana Brown

Shana Brown

7th Grade History Teacher, Chief Native Curriculum Developer, Seattle Public Schools
Seattle, WA

History teacher Shana Brown has taught since 1991, written Native curriculum for the states of Oregon and Washington, National Park Service, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, among others. Recognized as a 2016 “Great Educator” by President Obama, she contributed a chapter to Narrowing the Achievement Gap for Native American Students. Currently she teaches at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School and is Chief Native Curriculum Developer for Seattle Public Schools. A married mother of two high school proteges, Shana has more recently learned to make kombucha and sourdough bread, refinish wood surfaces, and peyote stitch a keyring.

Video description

American Indians are often stereotyped or placed in a single historical frame in social studies classes — as victims, perhaps, or mere inhabitants of the past. Yet, in reality, they are our students and members of our community today. This video describes practices and techniques for including them in social studies as actors, humans, and citizens.

Gail Morris also contributed to the creation of this Track Talk

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Additional information

When: 07/17/2020 - 12:00am
Duration: 19:09
Language: English