The Professional Program in Education’s Center for First Nations Studies provides the unique resource of oral traditional Elder scholars in residence who assist in teacher education and prepare K-12 teachers and University faculty to deliver accurate, culturally competent instruction. Students have the opportunity to develop relationships with tribal elders and to gain a deeper knowledge of American Indian history and culture by spending time in the Center with Elders, and in turn, be better prepared to teach students. Elder knowledge and expertise highlight the center’s emphasis on the time-honored oral tradition of First Nations teaching and learning.
The center is a curriculum and instructional information clearinghouse that represents the best practices in the design and delivery of classroom instruction. Included in this clearinghouse is a website with electronic resources available. In addition, the Center has acquired a resource library with books and materials in First Nations history, culture, sovereignty, law, worldview, philosophy and classroom curricular materials. Materials from our library may not be removed from the Center, but can be used and reviewed on site.
Through the center, the resident elders, UW-Green Bay Education students and faculty offer consultation and services to teachers and school districts regarding curriculum, teaching materials and instructional methodology in First Nations Studies.