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Resource: PBS Series on Native Americans Starts April 13


A number of states require schools to teach all students about Native American tribes in their states, but few states support such requirements with a line item in their budgets. So teachers glean resources to teach about Native Americans wherever they can.

One possible resource for the classroom is a PBS series about Native Americans, "We Shall Remain," which is also available on DVD. The series starts Monday, April 13, and continues for five episodes. The titles are "After the Mayflower," "Tecumseh's Vision," "Trail of Tears," "Geronimo," and "Wounded Knee." The promotional text for the series calls it a "provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history."

That's the same goal that some states have stated is a reason for requiring students to learn about tribes in their state.


PBS is a wonderful resource. It would be wonderful if they were able to develop high quality curriculum resources to accompany their videos. It would even be better if somehow they could make their videos available on the Internet so teachers would only have to download them. But, alas, what would the business model be for that?

Actually, PBS does often develop curricular resources and offer internet video for some of their most interesting programs. Take, for example, African American LIves, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/aalives/teachers/index.html

Maybe a licensing model that supports assessment and outcomes. Licensing could support the curriculum development if the return worked for PBS. Perhaps chop up the video into digestible, testable chunks that can be streamed into an LMS or other delivery system. Build out quiz questions for post-viewing assessment. Probably an obvious thought, but a thought.

- Andy

Have you checked out the work being done in Washington state by Denny Hurtado and John Pope under the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Hi Andrew, sorry for the belated comment, but wanted to let you know that all of the We Shall Remain films are streaming online at pbs.org/weshallremain, and are chapterized! It may still be difficult to access without a connection in every classroom, but it's a start.

In the meantime, we're giving away 20 DVD copies of the WSR series, so please feel free to enter to win a set for yourself or your classroom! The registration form is at http://support.wgbh.org/amexcontest

Thanks for your support!

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