The Four Directions Curriculum
The purpose of the workshop
was to bring together preservice teachers, inservice teachers, and
specialists in a collaborative, collegial environment. Inservice
teachers in Native American schools have valuable experience and
knowledge about the needs and strengths of Native American students.
Preservice teachers, although they lack experience, have the
opportunity to stay informed about new research-based philosophies
and methodologies. Specialists provide support as the teachers --
preservice and inservice -- learn new skills. These materials are the
result of such collaboration.
- To gain a common vision of the curriculum goals of the Four
Directions Project and an understanding of how those goals support
ongoing systemic reform efforts at 4D schools.
- To become informed about research-supported, exemplary
practices in curriculum and instruction.
- To develop culturally relevant and technology enhanced lessons
to be shared with the global educational community via the
- To continue to build a sense of community and collegiality
within the Four Directions Project that contributes to the
sustainability of project goals.
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- Day One -- LEARN AND SHARE
- Student teachers presented current research on constructivist
learning theories, brain compatible instructional strategies,
thematic instruction, and performance based assessment. Inservice
teachers modeled lessons that incorporated these theories and
- Day Two -- APPLY
- Participants worked individually and in groups to develop
exemplary lessons that reflect the principles discussed the
previous day. Specialists in curriculum, culture, mathematics and
science education, reading oral history, and technology
integration were on hand for consultation and assistance.
- Day Three -- CELEBRATE
- Participants loaded the lessons they developed onto the
workshop web site. Each participant showed the curriculum they
developed to the group.