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: 122
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:06

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: 296
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:06

Common Core From a Tribal Perspective

In this Education Week commentary, education director Kevin Shendo (Pueblo of Jemez, N.M.) writes that the Common Core has opened the "door to opportunities that exist in challenging our teachers to make the diverse communities . . . an extension of their classrooms." He suggests that the Common...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 18
Date created: 08/31/2015 - 15:51

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education: Overcoming Gaps in Provincially Funded Schools

This report examines the programs and resources to support Aboriginal (i.e., indigenous student) education in provincially funded schools in Ontario, Canada, with a particular focus on schools with a high proportion of Aboriginal students. The report describes and illustrates achievement gaps...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 15
Date created: 12/30/2014 - 09:46

Meeting the Needs of American Indian/Native American Students

This publication was based on a request from the Minnesota Department of Education for information on best practices for closing American Indian students' achievement gap. Following an established Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest research protocol, the REL Midwest conducted a search...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 290
Date created: 11/26/2014 - 09:02

Aboriginal Education Beyond Words: Creating Racism-Free Schools for Aboriginal Learners

This document begins with a narrative history of racism/assimilation with respect to aboriginal peoples in Canada. While not directly related to Native Americans in the United States, many of the themes and ideas are representative of the same issues in the United States. This document offers...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 98
Date created: 08/11/2014 - 11:41

Guidelines for Respecting Cultural Knowledge

This document provides sets of clearly articulated guidelines that address issues of concern in the documentation, representation, and utilization of traditional cultural knowledge as they relate to the roles of various participants, including Elders, authors, curriculum developers, classroom...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 94
Date created: 06/16/2014 - 09:44