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Indigenous Voices: Building Understanding in Idaho Classrooms

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How can teachers create more inclusive classrooms and erode harmful stereotypes? What should educators be aware of to ensure they are accurately representing Indigenous groups? Where are there opportunities to incorporate learning from and about Indigenous groups in the curriculum? These are just a few of the questions this workshop will address.

Please join us for a week of inquiry and discussion with members of the Indigenous community in Idaho. This workshop will explore the histories, cultures, and literature of Indigenous peoples with a regional focus on tribes from the northwestern United States, and it will support teachers in developing lessons that educate students about Indigenous groups while meeting Idaho education standards. Throughout the week, Native American educators, writers, historians, and leaders will share their knowledge and experiences with Idaho teachers. Together, we will reflect on how Indigenous groups are portrayed in education. Teachers will leave the workshop with resources and strategies for incorporating their knowledge of Idaho tribes and other Indigenous peoples into classroom instruction.

Workshop Instructors

Gretchen Schulz (lead instructor), Junior High Language Arts teacher, Boise, Idaho
C. Toneekia Hernandez, English Language Arts, Owyhee High School, Owyhee, Nevada, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, Indigenous Knowledge for Effective Education Program (IKEEP) Scholar at the University of Idaho
Karla Morton, 5th Grade teacher, Cecil D. Andrus Elementary School (West Ada), Self-Contained Gifted & Talented Classroom
Dr. Amber Warrington, Associate Professor of English Teaching, Boise State University; Co-Director, Boise State Writing Project

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This workshop has been made possible in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



2-Day Orientation: April 29, 4pm – 8pm | April 30, 9am – 4pm
Workshop: June 13-17, 2022, 9am – 4pm

Location:  Boise State University Campus

Registration Step 1

The class roster is FULL. You may sign in on the class roster, but you will be on the waitlist.
Step 1 – Sign in on the class roster

Registration Step 2

Choose ONE: PD Credit or Graduate Credit

PD Credit:  3 credits, $180; Costs covered by the Boise State Writing Project; Transcript Date: Summer 2022

Information about Professional Development Credits: Professional development registrants are entitled to one free transcript per term (Spring, Summer, and Fall) in which credits are earned. You must submit a transcript request form to have yours sent. The transcript request form is available on the K-12 Professional Development website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Extended Studies Customer Service at (208) 426-1709 or email
Step 2 – Click here to register for PD Credit!

Graduate Credit:  3 credits, $576; Register for ENGL 594-1100 Workshop

Scholarships available; contact Amber Warrington for more information.

Step 2 – Click here to get information about Graduate Credit