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January 2012 Meeting Minutes

January 25, 2012 meeting minutes for the American Indian Education Oversight Committee.

American Indian Education Oversight Committee

January 25, 2012


Committee Members: Laura Lee George (Chair), André Cramblit (Parliamentarian), Deborah DeForge, Rodney Lindsay, Amber Machamer (Vice Chair), Kathleen Marshall, Rachel McBride, Russell "Butch" Murphy

Absent: Irma Amaro (excused), Helen Doherty (excused)

Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson: Update by Craig Cheslog, Principal Advisor to the SSPI

California Department of Education (CDE) Staff Present: Judy Delgado, Chavela Delp, and Ramona Hoffman

Guests: Coleen Bruno, Janine, Katherine Valenzuela

Meeting convened at 10:05 a.m.

ITEM 1―Update From the Office of the SSPI

ITEM 8―Legislative Update, Presented by Katherine Valenzuela, Policy Advocate at Public Advocates

ITEM 2―Public Comment

ITEM 4―California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, presented by Keric Ashley, Director, Educational Data Management Division, and Randy Bonnell, Administrator, California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) Operations Office

ITEM 5―Indian Land Tenure Curriculum in California, Presented by Cheryl Tuttle; Jared Aldern, Ph.D., Director, Land Tenure Education and Restoration Project; Ron Good, North Fork Mono Tribal Chairman

Lessons of Our California Land is a standards-aligned curriculum that increases K–12 students' understanding of the history and meaning of California land, fostering appreciation for the motivations and knowledge of California Native American people who engage in land tenure, planning, and use issues.

In 2004, the Indian Land Tenure Foundation published its nationally focused K–12 curriculum, Lessons of Our Land. Since then, various local and state curriculum adaptations have been completed, including statewide adaptations in Montana, Minnesota, and Idaho. Here we present a Web-based California adaptation, Lessons of Our California Land.

November 2011 update: We have now posted a set of K–12 lessons focusing on the North Fork Mono Tribe and the South Central California region. We are in the process of developing lessons for all other regions in California. This is a living, dynamic curriculum; we are adding materials and enhancing lessons nearly every day. Check back often, and please contact us with your comments, suggestions for improvement, and questions.

Round Valley Unified School District has made a commitment to include Native American curriculum into each grade level. Seventy-five percent of the students at RVUSD are Native American, most of which are members of the Round Valley Indian Tribe. The Round Valley Indian Tribe reservation is located near the school and the school is working in cooperation with the Tribal Council in researching and implementing Native American appropriate curriculum within the school day.

ITEM 3―CDE Updates, Presented by Judy Delgado

ITEM 7―Legislative Field Trips

ITEM 9―Committee Business

ITEM 6―Draft of AIEOC Report

Laura Lee George—Asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Kathleen Marshall moved to adjourn the meeting. Rod Lindsay seconded. All in favor.

The meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

Questions: Judy Delgado | | 916-319-0506 
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