the Mainstream Teacher
expect to teach from math books that were full of wrong answers, but you
sure have a hard time finding reliable information about Native American
people and culture. The Cradleboard Teaching Project puts accurate enriching
Native American study materials into the hands of teachers like yourself.
We have designed the Cradleboard Teaching Project to nurture the self-esteem
of all children, both Indian and non-Indian.
Cultural sensitivity goes both ways. It has been my personal experience
in multi-cultural classrooms as well as on five years of "Sesame
Street" that improving cultural relations is always based in truth
and wrapped in good will.
Imagine a mainstream class where teachers can provide to their students
reliable and exciting instructional materials, created by participating
Native American educators. The Cradleboard Teaching Project is not just
corrected text. It is a chance for non-Indian students to interact with
Indian people of their own age; and to be taught by a team of accredited
Native American educators who feel that the true realities are more enriching
than the old inaccuracies.
Combined with online chat, E-mail, Study Buddy partnerships, and Cradleboard
online conferences between the two classes, this year the children in
your class can have an experience in their Native Studies Unit that will
certainly be more enriching than any in years past, and could build cross-cultural
friendships for life.