Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

Engaging Native American Learners with Rigor and Cultural Relevance

In this brief, the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement presents three strategies to increase Native American student achievement and engagement. The strategies focus on: instructional practices, curriculum content, and school climate.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 111
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:06

American Indian/Alaska Native College Student Retention Strategies

This article compares beliefs about successful student retention strategies between American Indian/Alaska Native students and postsecondary institutional representatives. While institutional representatives identified financial support as a primary motivator for college completion, AI/AN students...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 57
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:01

Constant Perimeter, Varying Area: A Case Study of Teaching and Learning Mathematics to Design a Fish Rack

This paper describes Math in a Cultural Context: Lessons Learned from Yup’ik Eskimo Elders (MCC modules), a series of modules designed to supplement K–6 mathematics curriculum. The MCC modules are meant to connect mathematics with Yup’ik culture and knowledge in a way that is consistent with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 61
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:20

Developing Culturally Based Science Curriculum for Native American Classrooms

In this paper, the author briefly discusses the importance of culturally response education for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students and how culturally responsive principles can be applied to science instruction. In this article, Gilbert describes how researchers collaborated with tribal...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 106
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:15

Math in a Cultural Context

Math in a Cultural Context (MCC) is set of interrelated, federally-funded projects that collaborate with Yup’ik elders, teachers, and Alaskan school districts to create culturally-based curriculum materials. MCC has produced supplemental mathematics modules (three for grade 2, one for grades 3–5,...

Number of views: 121
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:07

Handbook for Culturally Responsive Science Curriculum

This handbook presents an overview of culturally responsive Alaska Native science curriculum, including vignettes and samples of classroom lessons. The author describes ways in which existing learning models can be modified to include Alaskan Native methods for teaching and learning, with...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 256
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:06

The Relevance of Culturally Based Curriculum and Instruction: The Case of Nancy Sharp

In this paper, the authors describe an ethnography of Ms. Sharp’s classroom. Ms. Sharp is the Yup’ik immersion teacher for grades K–3 in an Alaskan community almost entirely comprised of Yup’ik Eskimo. As part of her work with the authors, Ms. Sharp uses mathematics curriculum that was developed to...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 58
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 12:58

Family, Community, and School Impacts on American Indian and Alaska Native Students’ Success

Reyhner provides a review of research focused on the impact of community, family, and schools on the academic success of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students. There are reviews of literature that provide a broad overview of AI/AN education, but the author narrows the paper down to focus...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 61
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 12:55

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