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EDCI 803 Final Presentation (supplemental)


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My final presentation for EDCI 803, Curriculum Development, Summer 2009 with Dr. Kim was a movie of the interview with Dr. Russell Blackbird. The movie can be viewed at These documents supplement the movie and the final paper.

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EDCI 803 Final Presentation (supplemental)

  1. 1. Interview with Dr. Russell Blackbird Haskell Indian Nations University Joelyn K. Foy July 16, 2009 Some facts about Dr. Blackbird: Omaha (pronounced oom-a’-ha) of Nebraska tribal member Taught in the Lawrence Public Schools early in his career Asst Principal and then Principal (10 years) of South Junior High Received his Ph.D. from Kansas State University in 2004 Retired in 2005 after 31 years in the Lawrence Public Schools Dean of the School of Education, HINU, for four years Currently oversees the School of Education, School of Business, and the College of Arts & Sciences, HINU Also currently Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs, HINU Some facts about Haskell Indian Nations University: Started out as a boarding school in 1884 Became a junior college in 1970 Became Haskell Indian Nations University in 1993 Part of the Tribal College System Over 300 nations are represented in its student body One of the few TCUs that offers four year degrees School of Education NCATE certified for K-6 in 2008 How is the teacher education curriculum defined? How is the teacher education curriculum different from other universities? Emphasis on culture How is it different to serve the Native K-6 population? Must take into account the tribal cultural perspective Do Haskell graduates face different challenges with non- Native K-6 populations? Dysconscious racism Copyright 2009 Joelyn Katherine Foy; this material may not be used or copied without the explicit permission of the author.
  2. 2. What kinds of issues or challenges does the School of Education at HINU face in curriculum development? KSDE’s and NCATE’s hesitancy around HINU’s need to focus on tribal sovereignty and maintenance of tribal culture Preparing HINU graduates for non-Native public schools Who are involved in planning and developing the teacher education curriculum? Dr. Blackbird, other faculty, and students Who decides when/how the curriculum is changed? (NCATE, faculty involvement, outside influences such as the state curriculum and standardized tests) The last three weeks in May the curriculum is reviewed and evaluated Adjustments are implemented in the fall semester How are the changes implemented? By each faculty member in the fall What curriculum approaches are taught (i.e., Tyler vs Eisner)? Holistic What are the focal points of curriculum? (subject matter, society, individual) Subject matter is aligned with the state subject standards Society is embedded within the cultural focus and perspective The School of Education uses a cohort model that supports each individual within an extended family (also culturally driven) Copyright 2009 Joelyn Katherine Foy; this material may not be used or copied without the explicit permission of the author.