March 15, 2012

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Muckleshoot Tribal School, and the OSPI Office of Indian Education have a long-standing relationship. Recently with the release of the Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum, Since Time Immemorial, there were made available grant dollars from the Gates Foundation and the Muckleshoot Tribal School was selected as one of four pilot project sites.  Below is a brief snap shot of what MTS has been doing to pilot the project and utilization of the grant monies.

  • Development, planning, and implementation of a two-week summer institute on the effective teaching practices of Native Learners.
  • Purchasing of curriculum support materials for both classrooms and our library.
  • Supported our annual Potlatch with artist consultation.
  • Lummi site visit - looking at best practices and collaboration
  • Curriculum implementation and integration
  • Culture/language Professional Learning Community development
  • Implementation of the STI curriculum in grades 4, 8, and 11.
  • Curriculum Development in the fourth grade to complement the STI and Washington State History book


Culture & Language in Elementary School

Teachers in the elementary building collaborate across the grades to integrate culture and language into our learning environment and curriculum.  This includes, but is not limited to, Science, Math, Reading, Social Studies, Culture, Physical Education, Art, Life Skills, and Woodshop.  The teachers work with the Culture and Whulshootseed Language instructors in the classroom to insure that the Muckleshoot Tribal culture and language is at the forefront of their learning experience.