ERIC Number: ED194239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan-19
Reference Count: 0
An Intercultural Community - Input Process for Curriculum Development.
A program to bring about community involvement in the development of curriculum for public schools was implemented in Seattle in 1974-75 by the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation. The program follows a 12-step procedure that begins with selecting community representatives who will learn curriculum planning skills enabling them to make informed decisions about the content and style of instruction in their schools and to incorporate the community's cultural traditions and values in school curriculum. The Seattle curriculum committee, composed of 12 Native Americans representing 4 areas of the city, worked independently and with members of the curriculum project staff. At the end of the project's first year the committee had produced a book ("The Story of Chief Sealth," ED 184 798) to be considered for use in the public schools and was in a position to negotiate with the region's educational policymakers concerning curriculum to meet community needs. The curriculum project--a possible model for all Title IV Indian Education Act programs--will continue for three years during which the community involvement process will be refined and established as a tool for ensuring equal education for minority groups. (JH)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indians, Change Strategies, Community Control, Community Education, Community Involvement, Coordination, Curriculum Development, Demonstration Programs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Groups, Professional Personnel, Public Schools, Relevance (Education), Sequential Approach
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Indian Education Act 1972 Title IV; Washington (Seattle)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Coalition of Indian Controlled School Boards (Denver, CO, January 19, 1980).