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Grow Our Own Professional Development Project

Grow Our OWN 2017-2021

The CICSC in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Indian Education, and the Pala Band of Mission Indians offered American Indians/Alaska Natives the opportunity to pursue a California preliminary K-12 teaching credential or principal certification. This initiative supported six teacher candidates and six principal candidates.

The program covered 100% of tuition, fees, and materials at California State University San Marcos and provides a $500/month stipend for full-time students. Additionally, participants received a year of induction support after completing their training and assistance with job placement. This program empowered American Indians/Alaska Natives to earn K-12 teaching credentials or principal certification.

American Indian Education for All Conference: Indigenizing the Classroom

The CICSC and AIS have formed collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders, including California Indian Education for All, the San Diego County Office of Education, Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association, Tribal nations, and the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center. Their shared goal is to create dynamic professional development opportunities aimed at enriching cultural responsiveness within educational systems, schools, and classrooms.

Collectively, they have organized a range of initiatives, including training sessions, workshops, webinars, and grant programs, all designed to offer educators professional development opportunities and access to California Indian curriculum resources. This collaborative effort is dedicated to fostering a more inclusive and culturally sensitive educational environment.

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Past Conferences

  • American Indian Education For All Conference: Indiginizing the Classroom