Place Based Education  - Resources for Southeast Alaska Educators

Chilkat Spirit by Mike A. Jackson

Place Based Curriculum Examples

Math in Indigenous Weaving

" Approximately twenty educators gathered at the Sitka Campus of the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) in August 1999 for an Indigenous Curriculum Development in Science Institute. Dr. Claudette Engblom Bradley (UAF), Dr. Tom Thornton (UAS), Michael Travis, Dr. Richard and Mrs.Nora Dauenhauer (Sealaska Heritage Foundation) served as the Institute instructors."

The Sounds of English and Lingit

Excerpt: "Language has a profound influence on culture and world view, and it is a tragedy of our age that Native American languages are in peril. Tlingit is no exception. Like other Native languages, Tlingit was traditionally an oral language, but it is one that will not survive unless it becomes a written language which is read."

By Claribel and Henry Davis
Teaching Unit for Primary Grades K-3


The Alaska Native Curriculum and Teacher Development Project (ANCTD)
brings together teams of teachers, elders, and community members in
various parts of Alaska with university-based specialists to develop
curricula on Alaska Native studies and language that is available to all
schools through the internet or on CD. The project is supported by a
grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The One Reel Wild Salmon Education Project

One Reel, based in Seattle, Washington, has sponsored a number of wild salmon education projects since 1994. Andy Hope, Nora and Richard Dauenhauer were members of the team that One Reel organized in 1999 that developed the I Am Salmon curriculum project. A number of Alaskan classroom teachers and educators have participated in the I Am Salmon project over the last three and one half years.

Juneau's Floyd Dryden Middle School Wolf Team Plant Project

"The students on the 7th grade Wolf Team at Floyd Dryden Middle School spent the fall quarter of 1999-2000 studying local plants. They studied characteristics of plants, how plants are classified, and the structure and function of plants. Students learned about the traditional uses of plants from many books and from a very knowledgeable Tlingit elder, Marie Olsen. Each students collected plant specimens, pressed them, and made a plant book."

Living in a Fish Camp, Curriculum Guide Grades K - 5
by Juneau Indian Studies Program

The Juneau Indian Studies Elementary Guide is designed for teacher use and is primarily based on the culture and environment unique to Southeast Alaska.

Teachers Teaching Tlingit

Teacher and student created material from the Juneau School District.

The Coalition for Community Schools

The Tlingit Math Book

Tlingit Moon and Tide Teaching Resource: Elementary Level


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