Math and Culture Academy
(Flyer) (Registration Packet)
Learn about math through Native art!
SHI will bring together about 25 students from Angoon, Hoonah, Klukwan, Hydaburg and Juneau for 3 days to enhance their math skills through traditional cultural ways of knowing. The academy will be held in Juneau at Gaaja Hít, located at 250 Village Street.
Students will be learning about the math involved in the construction of totem poles from TJ and Joe Young, brothers who are carving the totem poles and screen for the Gaaja Hít building. Students will also participate in additional activities, including rock climbing and ice skating.
The Mid-Winter Math and Culture Academy is scheduled from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Tuesday, March 18 through Thursday, March 20, 2014, during spring break. The Math and Culture Academy along with breakfast snacks, lunch, and activities will be provided at no cost to the students. To register for the academy students need to submit a registration packet by March 10, 2014. Packets can be emailed, mailed or faxed to Rachael DeMarce, firstname.lastname@example.org; fax: 907.586.9293; mail: One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 301, Juneau, AK 99801.
More about the program
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 email@example.com or 907.586.9229