We have created a series of guides to support educators in creating an inclusive and safe classroom
We understand that educators are new to our curriculum and will likely make mistakes that can have harmful impacts on students, especially Indigenous students. Mistakes can include sharing inaccurate information, microaggressions, or perpetuating stereotypes. "You Messed Up, Now What?" is an 11-step guide to help restore a safe learning environment and mend relationships when mistakes happen.
Educators must bring Indigenous pedagogies into their teaching practices to effectively teach Save California Salmons Curricula. Our guide to Indigenous pedagogies reflects the practices we believe are significant to our curriculum, and not Indigenous pedagogies in its entirety. By using this guide you will be able to teach our curriculum using the values and practices at the center of the knowledge present in our curriculum.
The decision to teach Save California Salmons curricula in your classroom may receive pushback from parents due to the difficult topics we discuss in our lessons. We have provided this email template so you are prepared to defend your reason behind including Indigenous knowledge in your classroom.
We asked our youth Intern, LeMonie Hutt, who is a member of the Hoopa Tribe to share her experience as an Indigenous student. The list she came up with provides educators insight into the experiences of Indigenous students and how to be culturally sensitive as a result.
We encourage educators to bring resources from outside of our curriculum on Indigenous knowledge, history, and recent events into their classrooms. The list below provides guidance on how to choose resources that accurately represent Indigenous peoples. As educators, it is your responsibility to ensure that the resources you share with your students are accurate, appropriate, and uplift Indigenous communities.