We are very proud of faculty member Sarah McGillivray whom the National Endowment for the Humanities has selected as one of 25 educators nation-wide for the NEH summer institute, Teaching Native American Histories. The 3-week program offers a rigorous, humanities-based approach to Native American history that emphasizes key concepts rather than dates, events or famous people, and emphasizes a focus on primary sources and historical content.
Summer Scholars will have an immersive experience in the Wampanoag homeland (Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard) with field trips to other communities in the region (Mashantucket Pequot, Mohegan, Narragansett, and Nipmuc). The key concepts, which have broad application, are: place, identity, land, historical trauma, and how to find and evaluate classroom resources.
This is a perfect fit for Ms. McGillivray, who teachers Language Arts in GRs 4 & 5, and California History to GR4. Her curriculum already draws on many of these conceptual elements, and she's looking forward to learning more, meeting like-minded educators, and sharing what she learns with her Old Orchard colleagues.
This is Ms. McGillivray's second summer institute with the NEH. After multiple trips to the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Colorado as a chaperone on our annual 8th Grade trips, she was selected for a summer institute at the center where she had an opportunity to learn even more about field archaeology, as well as the ancient Pueblo peoples of the region.