Math and Culture Academy
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Sealaska Heritage Institute is sponsoring a three-year program for middle-school students to increase interest and academic achievement in math. The program, "Opening the Gate: The Southeast Middle School Math and Culture Project," will include culture-based math camps where Native art practices, such as basketry, weaving and canoe making, will be used to teach math.
Through the project, SHI will increase knowledge of teachers in Tlingit cultural traditions, protocols and art as they affect mathematical learning.
SHI will also produce, field test and disseminate a series of supplemental math resources that incorporate tlingit culture and language geared for beginning algebra and geometry courses.
SHI is building the model for use in Southeast Alaska by adapting nationally recognized, successful math programs developed by other organizations outside the region.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Alaska Native Education Program, #S356A120051
For more information, contact Jackie Kookesh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907.586.9229