Indigenous Literature & Land-Based Pedagogy Workshop with Laura Da’
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Indigenous Literature & Land-Based Pedagogy Workshop with Laura Da’

Past Event: Thursday, October 19, 2023

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Join us for an online professional development for educators and teaching artists, “Landing in Spaces of Learning: Celebrating Literacy and Care in the Classroom and Introducing Place as a Foundational Element of Learning.”

This free professional development is designed to combine Indigenous literature and writing with land-based pedagogy. The intention for this training is to offer practical content and strategies that are suitable for all students and to encourage open discussion about how to meaningfully incorporate Indigenous literacy and tenants of land-based pedagogy in diverse learning settings.

Educators will leave this class with a bundle of teaching resources including suggested readings, activities, thinking strategies, engagement techniques, and culturally responsive standards alignment. Additionally, each professional development will address one institutional challenge and pose thinking strategies to address it.

This professional development workshop will include:

  • Creative writing and thinking prompts to engage with place and season
  • Classroom ready discussion strategy to encourage noticing and building on observations
  • Classroom ready reading and writing strategy to encourage visual thinking
  • Consideration of an institutional challenge: How to reframe decontextualized foundations of learning from outside the land to a place informed approach and alternatives to institutional hierarchies of worldview
  • Connection to other content areas: SEL strategies
  • Resources and places to learn more

This two-hour workshop will fulfill OSPI’s Continuing Education clock hours (2) for all state educators, and meets the requirements for ongoing Racial Equity Training for teacher certification.

Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Eastern Shawnee. Her first book, Tributaries, was published by the University of Arizona Press and won a 2016 American Book Award. Da’ has held residencies at the Richard Hugo House, Tin House, and Jack Straw. Her newest book, Instruments of the True Measure, is the winner of the Washington State Book Award. Da’ lives near Seattle with her husband and son.