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NASA and the Navajo Nation's First Educator Guide

This educator guide builds on the outcomes of the seminal meeting in January, 2005, held in Window Rock, AZ—the seat of the Navajo Nation. That meeting, which brought together educators and leaders from both NASA and the Navajo Nation, defined a guiding vision: to bring together scientific and Cultural knowledge into a “dual learning” environment where both are held as equals.

In 2005-2006, a collaborative team of NASA and Navajo educators, Medicine Men, and scientists came together to share scientific and Cultural information, draft and field test the hands-on activities, and deliver the product in 2006 to every school on the Navajo Nation.

Left: Teachers in a 2012 workshop in Window Rock, AZ perform the Cycles in the Cards activity. Right: Children and their parents work with the Exploring Stories Through Art activity at a Community Night in Cameron, AZ in 2006.  Image credits: NASA.
Left: Teachers in a 2012 workshop in Window Rock, AZ perform the Cycles in the Cards activity. Right: Children and their parents work with the Exploring Stories Through Art activity at a Community Night in Cameron, AZ in 2006. Image credits: NASA.

The booklet contains six units: Exploring Stories Through Art, Gemstone Constellations, Stories in the Sky, Moving with the Stars, Story Time, and Cycles in the Cards. These can be used in combination or as stand-alone lessons, and are suitable for use in classrooms or as “stations” in a Community Night-type event. Download the guide here.

A film was produced to accompany the educator guide, you can watch it below: