Proposed Collaboration with the Laguna Department of Education
ORAL HISTORY EXCHANGE
Project Purpose: To expand the historical knowledge of Laguna students, while also expanding Laguna elder’s social network through an exchange project between the Laguna Department of Education and the K’awaika Senior Center.
Project Summary: The Laguna Rainbow Corporation proposes a joint project that would engage the historical knowledge of elders as a support to classroom teachers and afterschool program providers. The goal would be to engage community elders as resources in developing history lesson plans and in contributing their perspectives and personal experiences regarding historical points in time. Unifying the generations at strategic points in the year has the potential to promote respect and shared knowledge across the ages immediately and with resources in hand.
The project would potentially improve our elders’ social network with students in both the elementary and middle schools, while also reinforcing a students’ respect for their elders through classroom exchange and K’awaika Senior Center events or presentations. This type of exchange would also support student skills development through the process of preparing presentations, practicing public speaking, and learning unique ways to share what they have learned from oral histories shared by their elders.
The proposed timeframe for this engagement could begin as soon as the spring of 2014 through a community or afterschool event or activity. The K’awaika Senior Center hosts the Laguna Senior Olympics. With the Olympics occurring this year of 2014, an exchange between our elders and our students could be centered on what we know about the Olympics globally and what our local Senior Olympians are practicing and have excelled at in past games. A current school partner with the Laguna Middle School, the National Indian Youth Leadership