Honoring Native American Culture with Kara Four Bear Transformative Principal 109

Kara is an assistant principal at Edwin Lowe Elementary in New Town North Dakota.

  • Her generation doesn’t feel that people are coming in to take away their culture.
  • There’s nothing we can’t learn from each other.
  • How to help kids choose to be in education: Be that outstanding teacher!
  • Having authentic conversations.
  • History of Indian Education in America.
  • Boarding schools were opened up. Goal was to assimilate the natives.
  • Have to be willing to learn to respect their culture.
  • Pow-Wows are very vital.
  • Community
  • Being fair, being willing to learn from others.
  • To help students, you need to have a good relationship.
  • Pair people up with support staff.
  • Providing resources for students as they are growing and developing.
  • Mediators help bridge the gap.
  • How paraprofessionals can help. They need lots of training.
  • In the eyes of the student, there is not much difference between paraprofessionals and teachers.
  • How to be a transformative principal: Maintain work-life balance, be authentic and have authentic conversations.
  • Expect teachers to be accountable for their work.
  • Twitter is a educational toolbox.

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