Teacher Training Workshops

Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators



June 2015 workshop:

Date: TBD
Location: TBD
To Register:
2014 NSSWE Registration Form                                                                                                                                           

Basic Registration fee: $525.00 per person. If you are interested in obtaining credits for the workshop, additional fees apply. See 'Course Credit' below for details.   

A block of rooms are being held at the Black Bear Casino Resort until June 2nd for NSSWE participants. To receive the tribal rate of $52.00 per day, mention NSSWE Group Room Block when making your room reservations (1-888-771-0777)

The Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators is designed to increase the knowledge, sensitivity and awareness of Minnesota educators, administrators, and student service providers on the histories, cultures and languages of the federally recognized tribes and bands in Minnesota. This high-quality professional development program will promote a greater understanding of American Indian issues and provide opportunities to critically evaluate educational materials and resources. The goal of the Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators is to facilitate learning among teachers, administrators, and student service providers in order to increase the effectiveness of working with American Indian students and teaching American Indian content.

*Award Winning Program*
Diversity and Multicultural Division 2010
New Innovative Practices in Diversity Award

Who Should Attend:  Pre-K-16 educators; students in teacher training programs; those involved with the education of American Indian students including classroom teachers, teacher aides, curriculum specialists, library media specialists, guidance counselors, home-school coordinators, Title IX/JOM coordinators and administrators; tribal education staff; college and university faculty, staff and administrators; and those with an interest in American Indian Studies and/or American Indian education.

Participant Testimonials:

"I believe the Native Studies Workshop for Educators is a program that is having a positive impact on education in Minnesota."

"I would encourage social studies people to attend if they can, especially if they are teaching Minnesota history as part of their curriculum."

"A very enlightening, provocative and informative workshop...it offers a refreshing perspective on both history and current events."

"Eye opening and a great learning experience for me."

"Key in raising my understanding of the Dakota and Ojibwe histories and cultures. Meeting members of those nations and hearing their stories directly has given me insight that I could never get from simply reading a book."

Course Credit:
Undergraduate and Graduate credit is offered for this course for an additional fee through the SCSU Department of Ethnic Studies. This course can be taken for 2 or 3 credits. Two credits will be granted for attending the entire workshop and taking part in all course activities, three credits for attending the entire workshop, taking part in all course activities, and working with Professor St. Clair to develop an additional project. If you choose to take the workshop for three credits, this project would be due to Professor St. Clair on July 25. For additional information on the course, contact Professor St. Clair at dstclair@stcloudstate.edu  

The undergraduate course number is ETHS 490 and the course ID is 000333.
The graduate course number is ETHS 590 and the course ID is 000208.
The cost per credit is $259.60 per undergraduate credit and $393.46 per graduate credit. This cost pays for the credits only. You must also register and pay for the workshop.

More information about registering as a Non-Degree Seeking Student can be found at: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/registrar/registration/non-degree.aspx 

Registration is done using our online registration system found here: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/registrar/registration/guide.aspx 

For other general questions about registration, you can contact 320-308-2111 or registrar@stcloudstate.edu

Workshop Locations and Partnerships:


2014-Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

2013-Twin Cities--Perpich Center for Arts Education

2012-Bois Forte Band of Chippewa

2011-Upper Sioux Community Pejuhutazizi Oyate

2010-White Earth Nation

2009-Lower Sioux Indian Community

2008-Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

2007-St. Cloud State University

NSSWE Sponsors:

 American Indian Center     Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College      Perpich Center for Arts Education      Student Life & Development

SCSU Multicultural Resource Center  *  SCSU Ethnic Studies Department  *  SCSU History Department

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