Fire Circles Towards Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Indigenous Mathematics Education
Time limit: 9 days
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We will conduct four Fire Circle discussions Tuesdays and Thursdays July 19-28, 4-5:30 pm ET.
We believe in the four Rs of Relationality, Responsibility, Respect, and Reciprocity and strive to reflect that in making this course as accessible as possible for interested participants. Thus, we offer a sliding scale and scholarship options so cost is not a barrier.
In addition, we offer scholarships for the following individuals and situations:
- Teaching at a Tribal College or NASNTI (Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution)
- Collaborates with and/or serves an Indigenous community
- Teaching at an institution that serves a significant number of students in need
- People (including students) who identify as Indigenous but are not recognized as such by a tribe/nation
- People who identify as Indigenous and are recognized by a tribe/nation
- Students (undergraduate and graduate)
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If your situation is different from what we described above and cost is a barrier to your participation, please let us know. We can work with you.
Fire Circles Towards Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Indigenous Mathematics Education, a course taught by Mathematics for RELATIONALITY, RESPONSIBILITY, RESPECT, RECIPROCITY (M4RS).
We, the M4RS group (see information below), will curate readings on culturally sustaining teaching for Indigenous students based on participants' interests. We will conduct four Fire Circle discussions Tuesdays and Thursdays July 19-28, 4-5:30 pm ET.
We anticipate the following:
- Engaging in Fire Circle discussions synchronously (during our four meetings) or asynchronously (posting in the discussion board)
- Sharing experiences, knowledge, and questions
- Reading texts, listening to podcasts, or other media that help us learn about culturally sustaining teaching for Indigenous students
We invite anyone who is involved with mathematics education and Indigenous students or communities to participate. This includes students, instructors, advisors, tutors, and high school teachers.
The Ojibway (Chippewas), Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations formed the Confederacy of the Three Fires of peoples who shared similar languages and territories and who met together for military and political purposes. Each Nation had their role in that Confederacy. The Ojibway (Chippewas) were the providers, the Odawa were the warriors, and the Potawatomi were the firekeepers. The Council of the Three Fires had a number of meeting places. We see the learning community as a space in which people from various regions come together, in Zoom conversations and online discussions, for educational and social justice purposes. Similar to how a fire shifts with changes in wind, our conversations will shift based on the interests and needs of our community members.
Our name, M4RS (pronounced mars), reflects the core values of our team. Brayboy and colleagues (2012) discussed the four Rs of research: Relationality, Responsibility, Respect, and Reciprocity. Those values inform how we approach this work.
Citation: Brayboy, B. M. J., Gough, J. R., Lenoard, B., Roehl II, R. F., & Solyom, J. A. (2012). Reclaiming scholarship: Critical Indigenous research methodologies. In S. D. Lapan (Ed.), Qualitative research: An introduction to methods and designs (pp. 423- 450). Jossey-Bass
We will curate readings on culturally sustaining teaching for Indigenous students based on participants' interests. We will conduct four Fire Circle discussions Tuesdays and Thursdays July 19-28, 4-5:30 pm ET.
This course is supported by the EdHub for Community & Professional Learning.