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Yolo California Indian Curriculum and Professional Learning Advisory Group

Deb BrunsDeborah Bruns  Advisory Group Facilitator


February 2022 Native American Studies Model Curriculum (NASMC) Listening Sessions underway. NASMC is defined as lesson plans, primary source documents, planning resources, teaching strategies, and professional development activities to assist educators in teaching about Native American studies. The Humboldt County Office of Education and the San Diego County Office of Education have been selected as lead agencies in the development of the NASMC.  Perspectives and voices of California tribal community members, Native American youth, educators, and cultural bearers will lead the development of NASMC.  See list of in-person and virtual listening sessions under “Upcoming Events” to the right. For more information visit Native American Studies Model Curriculum.


March 2022 Native American Education, all year. Connect with National Women’s History and National Nutrition Month in March. Indigenous knowledge doesn’t need to remain confined to a single month of the year, or to a single subject! There are many ways to include Native-centered content into your daily curricula. Redbud Resource Group has organized a timetable of lesson ideas and resources to help you diversify your classroom content every month of the school year. See Native American Education, all year.


New Native Ways of Knowing Book List: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Classrooms and Libraries. To help educators and parents choose high-quality Indigenous authored books, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and California Indian Education (CIEFA) have designed this Native Ways of Knowing Book List: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Classrooms and Libraries. These books have been vetted by Native American scholars, CIEFA, and SDCOE staff. Please consider adding these insightful and vibrant Indigenous authored books to your school, classroom, or home library. Adding these books to your classroom will help teach young readers empathy, courage, resilience, sovereignty, and Native Ways of Knowing. These suggested Indigenous authors and illustrators utilize Indigenous storytelling and convey the breadth of Native cultures and sovereignty. 

Cultural understanding workshop

The advisory group worked with Taylor Pennewell, Redbud Resource Group to develop and host a virtual workshop for Yolo County educators and community members on September 20, 2021. The recording of the session is available:  

Link to Recording: Native American Cultural Understanding for Educators Recording 

You will be asked to “register” to watch the on-demand recording.


In November 2019, the Yolo County Board of Education passed Resolution #19-20/16 to officially recognize November as Native American Heritage Month. The resolution led to conversations between YCOE and tribal leaders about how to recognize the contributions of Native Americans through curriculum and activities in Yolo County schools.

In November 202, YCOE convened the Yolo California Indian Curriculum and Professional Learning Advisory Group. Members of the advisory group include tribal leaders, cultural practitioners and educators, parent representatives, college and university faculty, and graduate students.

The focus of the group is to "provide Yolo County educators with professional development opportunities regarding cultural awareness of Wintun/Patwin homeland history and California Native peoples. Implementation of our work will support relevant and accurate curriculum, identify ongoing impacts of colonization and uplift the diverse histories, cultures, and ongoing contributions of California's first peoples".


rieMarch 1st,15th & 29th, 3:30 - 5pm Native Ways of Knowing Webinar (Ongoing series for K-12 educators)
Register here

February 28th, March 7th & April 11th, 5 - 6:30 PM SoCal  Virtual Native American Studies Model Curriculum Listening Circle.  Access Zoom Link Here

March 22nd 6-7:30 PM Virtual Listening Session. Register Here

March 28th 6 - 7:30 pm In Person Listening Session CA Indian Museum & Cultural Center Santa Rosa , CA Informational Flyer

March 29th 6 - 7:30 pm In Person Listening Session Seavey Center, Room 101 Rocklin , CA Informational Flyer

March 30th 9am - 4 pm In Person Listening Session Butte College Big Time Oroville , CA Informational Flyer


Infusing Native American Culture In curriculum Training Series

May 31st 3:30 - 5 PM    facilitating and Encouraging Native Youth Leadership - Zoom

        June 7th 3:30-5 PM            Infusing Native American Culture in Curriculum - Zoom

June 14th 3:30- 5 PM      Essential Understanding for Designing Native American Studies Curriculum. - Zoom

June 15th & 16th 9 am - 2:30  Infusing Native American Culture in the Curriculum in person training in San Diego County

Register Here for Whole Series

Informational Flyer for Series 

Save the Date

Ethnic Studies for TK-12 Educators June 20th - June 22nd - 8 am - 5 pm

Twin Rivers Big Time and   POW - WOW Exhibition Saturday May 20th