Cajune Featured in Utne Reader

Feb 15th, 2010 | By | Category: 21-3: Tribal College Faculty, Spring 2010, Tribal College News

TEACHING WITH STORIES. Julie Cajune says, "I believe in the power of stories and the value of teaching with stories."

(Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes) was featured in the November/December 2009 issue of Utne Reader as one of the “50 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World.” She has been working in education for 19 years. A former classroom teacher, she earned a Master’s Degree in Education and returned to the Flathead Reservation in Montana to work as a curriculum specialist for the tribes. Cajune has worked on culturally responsive educational materials for the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Montana Historical Society. She recently completed a three-year project developing classroom materials for the Indian Education for All initiative. Salish Kootenai College then hired her to use all of the materials to develop a curriculum guide for K-12 teachers. That guide includes a 60-page historic narrative on all the Montana tribes, a timeline for each reservation, numerous primary source documents and model K-12 lessons. She now works at Nkwusm, the Salish Language Revitalization Institute, as the director of development and teacher supervisor. Read the Utne article.

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