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    School Board to Vote on Since Time Immemorial Adoption
    Posted on 06/24/2019
    A student accepts a graduation certificate from a teacher as other educators watch at the graduation ceremony.

    School Board to Vote on Since Time Immemorial Curriculum Adoption at the June 26 Board Meeting

    On June 26, 2019, the Seattle School Board will vote to adopt Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State. This action has been a long time in the making.

    Due to a long history of institutional racism in education, the accomplishments, affairs, and contemporary experience of the First Peoples of Washington state has been consistently omitted from public school curricula and/or portrayed inaccurately. Seattle Public Schools is committed to racial equity, as well as inclusive and accurate teaching and learning in our classrooms.

    The adoption of Since Time Immemorial (STI) will provide all Seattle Public Schools students with an education on the background and current affairs of the 29 sovereign nations within the boundaries of Washington state.

    This board action will also support fulfillment of the state’s RCW 28.320.70, Tribal History and Culture – helping Seattle Public Schools formally address the omission of information that has shaped and influences many aspects of our collective community life.

    The STI online curriculum provides resources, materials, lessons, and entire units to support the teaching of tribal sovereignty, tribal history, and current tribal issues within the context of state recommended units for Washington and United States history in the elementary and middle school levels, also United States history and contemporary world issues in the high school level. Each unit is aligned with National Common Core State Standards, state standards and builds toward the successful completion of a Content-Based Assessment, or CBA.

    Learn more visit the STI online curriculum website and the Indian Education webpage both managed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for Washington state.

    Implementation Timeline if Since Time Immemorial is Adopted

    2019-20 School Year Timeline

    • Communication to all district staff—Summer 2019
    • Presentation of adoption decision and legal and ethical mandate to PK-12 principals — Fall 2019
    • Focused professional development to district mentor teaching staff— Fall 2019
    • Focused professional development for 250 middle and high school social studies teachers

    In Other News: Native Education Resources and Supports Expanded

    Seattle Public Schools is committed to supporting Native American students, their families, and community. The Huchoosedah Department and Native Education Parent Advisory Committee have been working to ensure schools are actively supporting students’ cultural identities and strengths – critical to academic success. During the 2018-19 school year, lots of great work has taken place, these are just a few of the highlights.

    2018-19 Highlights

    Huchoosedah, the district’s Native Education Department, led adoption and approval of five Native American languages for high school credit.

    • Southern Lushootseed
    • Haida
    • Navaho
    • Nez Perce
    • Lakota

    For more information visit the High School Language Credit webpage. The process for earning Native American language competency-based credits will be added for next school year.

    "I am Native" won top honors for highlighting the strengths and gifts of our Native American students. Watch I Am Native

    • The Academy of Interactive and Visual 2019 Communicator Award: Video Communicators Award of Excellence
    • The Alliance for Community Media – Northwest Region: Best of the Northwest Award.

    We would like to recognize the youth leaders featured in the film and their role in making the lived experiences of our talented, successful Native American students visible: Princess, Garfield High School; Karim, Ingraham International High School; Freddie, Nathan Hale High School; Jada, Nathan Hale High School; Morigon, Chief Sealth International High School; and Juan, Chief Sealth International High School.

    The Southern Lushootseed language, a language of the Puget Sound Coast Salish peoples, is now provided as font accessible to all Seattle Public Schools employees in Outlook. In addition, a welcome sign in Southern Lushootseed was hung up at the John Stanford Office for Educational Excellence. Signs will be distributed to all international schools for the upcoming 2019-20 school year.

    A second šǝqačib classroom opened at Nathan Hale, serving students from the high school and Jane Addams Middle School. The original classroom at Chief Sealth International High School is a model program, created to provide identity safety and ensure student academic success. Supports include core content, student support services, and opportunities for Native youth to build on cultural and personal gifts.

    The Native Library opens. Huchoosedah has catalogued the Huchoosedah collection of Native American books and materials (student and teacher resources). The library is online and will be in full operation for the 2019-20 school year. The Native Library is physically housed at Meany Middle School in the Native American Education resource room. Visit the online Native American Education Library.

    Students, Educators, and Families Gather for Graduation Ceremony Celebration. On June 6, kindergarten through 12th grade Native American and Alaskan Native students from throughout the district were invited, along with their families, to a celebration supper at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. Students were gifted beaded necklaces which featured carved paddles designed by Louie Gong, Nooksack, and a certificate to acknowledge their 2018-19 accomplishments.

    Graduating seniors were also gifted hand drums. The necklaces and hand drums were made over the previous month by Seattle Public Schools Native Education staff, Native Education Parent Advisory Committee members, parents, students, family, and friends during weekly Culture Nights. Two seniors were honored along with šǝqačib classroom Teacher (Nathan Hale HS/Jane Addams MS), Georgina Badoni, Diné

    After School Programs at Highland Park and Sandpoint. Huchoosedah is providing after school programming at Highland Park Elementary and Sandpoint Elementary. After school programming, supported by a City of Seattle Human Services Department grant, includes: 20 minutes of reading, indigenous knowledge STEAM, and students are also learning the Southern Lushootseed language. In one lesson, students learned about indigenous plants, wove mats from natural fibers, and dyed them using flowers and plants.

    Native Education and Visual and Performing Arts Professional Development. Building off a successful partnership last year, the Native Education and Visual and Performing Arts departments provided a workshop titled, Cultural Appropriation, exploring the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation – when and how to incorporate cultural learnings in the classroom. Educators were introduced to Cultural Appropriation Guiding Questions, prompts developed in between the Native Education program, Visual and Performing Arts departments, and arts educators.

    Superintendent held the first American Indian Roundtable. Native American leaders and partners met to discuss our 2019-20 3rd grade reading goal. The group spoke frankly about the hard work and innovation that will be required; and about the shared desire to saturate Seattle Public Schools with a strength-based narrative – one that lets our students know we believe in them and their potential. Partners were asked to consider what impact they each individually, and as an organization, can have on improving early literacy.

    Huchoosedah is also providing summer learning opportunities. An elementary age Summer Literacy Culture Camp will be held in the Native Education resource room at Meany Middle School. It is not too late for families and or students to register. Contact Gail Morris