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Michigan Tribal Education Resources Highlighted in MDE’s Next Comprehensive History Webinar

LANSING – The next in a series of webinars offering educators greater depth of knowledge for social studies instruction will cover the history and contributions of indigenous peoples, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced. The free online webinar for educators will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

“Our children deserve to learn about the full breadth of the history of the United States and world,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “Some of history’s chapters are challenging, uncomfortable, or even searing—particularly those that deal with race, racism, xenophobia, and sexism—but our young people need to learn about all of history and to wrestle with the complexity of our history.”

This next session of the 2021-22 Comprehensive History Instruction webinar series in entitled – Maawndoonganan: Using the Indigenous-Developed Social Studies Resource Guide to Teach To and About First Peoples. Michigan educators can register by June 27, 2022 by visiting the conference registration page.

"It is the hope of the Confederation of Michigan Tribal Education Departments (CMTED) that educators across Michigan embrace the Maawndoonganan: Anishinaabe Resource Manual as part of lifelong learning,” said Christina Sharp, interim CMTED Giigdookwe. “Further, it is the aspiration of CMTED that implementation of these Indigenous-developed and Indigenous-vetted educational resources will occur in classrooms throughout the course of the school year.”

MDE is hosting this webinar series in collaboration with institutions of higher education, cultural centers, and the 12 federally recognized tribes of Michigan that form the Confederation of Michigan Tribal Education Departments (CMTED) to assist educators with the teaching of and learning about comprehensive history through thematic instruction.

This webinar series will help educators learn more about historical movements, events, and peoples that are part of the rich, diverse history of our country and world. Presenters will help educators learn more about movements in and aspects of history about which educators may have had little if any background. 

Registration is open to all educators, with the understanding that the content may be more useful for teachers of particular grade levels than others.

The series began in April with three webinars focused on holocaust education.  Additional webinars on other topics will be announced in the coming months.

Supporter education organizations of the comprehensive history instruction series include the following:

  • Michigan Council for the Social Studies
  • Michigan Council for History Education
  • Michigan Education Association
  • AFT Michigan
  • Michigan Elementary & Middle School Principals Association
  • Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators
  • Middle Cities Education Association
  • Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators
  • Michigan Association for Media in Education
  • Library of Michigan
  • Michigan Library Association
  • Michigan Academic Library Association