American Indian Literature (for use in grades K-8) Indian Education for All Online Book Club Course

April 2 – May 22, 2018
This course serves as an opportunity for participants to explore OPI developed instructional units based on literature sent to all Montana elementary and middle school libraries alongside additional primarily fiction texts for use in grades K-8. The course will be divided into three parts: literature for K-2, literature for 3-5, and literature for 6-8. Many resources are place-based, either focused on Montana tribes or created by Montana Indian authors. Participants will read texts, engage in discussions, complete instructional activities, and examine accurate and authentic Native American fiction and nonfiction texts. Ultimately, participants will select texts and instructional units for immediate integration of IEFA into their classrooms. This course is rigorous and requires the participant complete extensive reading and access a number of texts through their school or public library or purchase said materials from WM-PLC or booksellers.
Participants will:
1. Develop background knowledge of Indian Education for All (IEFA).
2. Read American Indian literature and explore the background and perspective of the authors.
3. Explore literature units developed by the Montana Office of Public Instruction, and examine ways to integrate them into their classroom setting.
4. Explore several instructional strategies to use with the anchor texts.
5. Discuss with colleagues ideas for implementing the Essential Understandings
Regarding Montana Indians and IEFA literature across grade levels and content areas.
6. Create a final project which integrates the materials and concepts covered.

Instructor: Erin Lipkind (

Registration fee: $175

Credit: 30 OPI Renewal Units or 2 Semester Credits (semester credit is offered through the University of Montana and is an additional fee of $155. The course instructor will provide a separate registration form and instructions for submitting payment).

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The Boarding School Era Online Book Club

The WM-PLC is offering an online “book club” during the fall of 2016, October 24 – December 11. The book club course focuses on Indian Education for All content. Read and explore books focusing on the Boarding School Era including My Name is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling, Shi-Shi-Etko by Nicola L. Campbell, Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences, 1879-2000 by Margaret L. Archuleta, Brenda J. Child, and K Tsianina Lomawaima, and Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell. Sindie Kennedy is the course facilitator.

The course begins on October 24 and concludes on December 11, 2016.