Culture and Language Indicators
- The school provides training for all staff on local tribal history, culture, customs, and values.
- The school provides tribal mentors for non-Indian staff and others who request it.
- The physical appearance of the school reflects the tribal culture.
- The school provides professional development for teachers on how to integrate Native American culture and language into the curriculum.
- All teachers demonstrate in their lesson plans and materials that they have integrated Native American culture and language into the taught curriculum.
- The school includes tribal elders, speakers, and leaders in planning and providing school events that feature Native American culture, customs, and values.
- Tribal elders, speakers, and leaders are engaged as volunteers in the school and classrooms.
- The school staff includes one or more speakers of the community’s prevailing tribal language(s).
- The curriculum for all grade levels includes lessons on the accomplishments of Native Americans.
- The Leadership Team plans ways to infuse tribal customs and values into the school’s operating procedures, rituals, and activities.
- The principal and other school leaders demonstrate an understanding of tribal culture, customs, and values and model a respect for them.
- Parent education programs include Native American and tribal history, customs, values, and language(s).
- All students receive instruction in the basics of the prevailing tribal language(s) and an opportunity to use the language.
- The promotion of Native American history, culture, customs, and values is done in a way that engenders respect for the history, culture, customs, and values of other groups.
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