Restructuring Geography and Ecology from a Native Lens, PreK-8 Grade

Feb 09, 2023 2:00PM—4:00PM



Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (available until Jan 19) $300 members; $250 group-rate 3+; $500 non-members

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In this 2-hour workshop, led by the Redbud Resource Group, educators will deepen their understanding of Native history and how to revise and build curricula that integrate Native values. The program will support non-Native educators in teaching Native history and curriculum responsibly and respectfully. Educators will cultivate their understanding of three core Indigenous values: respect, reciprocity, and relationships. Additionally, educators will explore curricula created by the Redbud Resource group and how to adapt it to their unique schools while honoring the six "Critical Orientations for Indigenous Studies" by Dr. Leilani Sabzalian:

  • Place
  • Presence
  • Power
  • Perspective
  • Political Nationhood
  • Partnerships

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of Native history and how to create and teach this history accurately and authentically
  • Differentiate the curricula for grade levels PreK to 8.
  • Center Native peoples’ perspectives and voices and history in curricula
  • Have the opportunity to meet with the facilitators during an Office Hours session that will be scheduled once participants are enrolled. The session will respond to questions about how to bring the learning to action.


This virtual workshop is intended for PreK-8th grade teachers, curriculum developers and  directors of teaching and learning.

Do you work at an independent school outside of California? Click here for a discount on our non-member registration!



Redbud Resource Group helps improve public health outcomes for Native American communities through education, research, and community partnership. Increasing Native and non Native partnerships has the potential to improve public health outcomes, expand economic opportunities within the conservation sector, and expedite the return of Indigenous land stewardship practices (Traditional Ecological Knowledge) to their local ecosystems.

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Taylor Pennewell is the Executive Director of Redbud Resource Group. She is a citizen of Berry Creek Rancheria Band of Tyme Maidu Indians of California. Taylor has a Masters in Teaching and worked as a middle school ELA and Humanities teacher for seven years before transitioning to the nonprofit sector. Taylor's work focuses on improving positive Native visibility across the education and environmental sectors. She currently serves on the California Governor's Council for Holocaust and Genocide Education.

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Trelasa Baratta is an enrolled member of the Middletown Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians of California. She grew up on the traditional homelands of the Coast Miwok and Ohlone peoples in Marin and San Francisco counties. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Chico State in 2011, and is currently working on her Masters Thesis in Education from Sonoma State University. Her research focuses on best practices for teaching about the California Indian genocide that took place in California during the Gold Rush era.

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.