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Washington State University

Clearinghouse on Native Teaching & Learning

Clearinghouse on Native
Teaching and Learning


Clearinghouse Mission

We help pre-service and in-service teachers to connect with students in local public schools through professional development and community collaboration using the WA state Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum.

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Since Time Immemorial

All 29 Washington Native tribes have endorsed this state-mandated curriculum (SB 5433) which supports the teaching of tribal sovereignty, history, and current issues. Each unit is aligned with national and state standards and builds toward the successful completion of a Content-Based Assessment.

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Meet our staff

We bring Indigenous perspective to Washington public schools. Both members of our staff are from federally-recognized tribal nations and areas of interest include: Indigenous teacher education, policy, advocacy, special education, and culturally-responsive curriculum and training. This includes working in both reservation and urban communities.
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Mathematics and Science Education Annual Retreat

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Nothing beats face-to-face collaboration!

The Math and Science Ed Ph.D. program’s annual retreat is an investment that yields high returns.

Each fall, all students and faculty in the program hold an annual retreat on the Tri-Cities campus. While teleconferencing and other technologies allow all program members a chance to connect on a regular basis, this retreat gives a yearly chance to reconnect in a face-to-face environment.

Conversations and work at the retreat support future collaborations and often lead to joint publications and presentations. The retreat also provides opportunities for self-reflection and peer feedback, enhancement of the strong learning community that exists inside the program, and input on the content and focus of the program.

View photo gallery from 2015 retreat