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This publication outlines Oklahoma statewide standards and strategies for meeting the educational needs of American Indian students and assuring meaningful participation by Indian parents and communities. The Oklahoma State Department of Education believes that all students must be educated in school environments that fully include them. In an introductory section, cross-cultural curriculum is proposed as a key strategy for achieving a fully inclusive school and an educational environment conducive to learning. The full inclusion of Indian students requires that educators recognize the importance of cultural differences, particularly with regard to belief systems. Native American studies are valuable for both Indian and non-Indian students and instruction in American Indian languages facilitates the learning of the Native culture. Other sections discuss state strategies to encourage parent involvement, provide a challenging and culturally appropriate curriculum, ensure accountability, recruit and retain more Indian teachers, and improve the quality of teachers and teaching. Also included are sections of state legislation relevant to parent involvement in school improvement plans, the parent-school relationship, parent education, staff development programs on multicultural education, recruitment and retention of minority teachers, and alternative teacher certification. State standards for elementary, middle level, secondary, and vocational and technical school curriculum and instruction are included. (SV)

Descriptors: American Indian Education, Bilingual Education, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Environment, Educational Strategies, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Participation, Secondary School Curriculum, State Standards, Statewide Planning

Autor: Oklahoma State Dept. of Education, Oklahoma City. Indian Education Section.


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