Teaching about Genocide against Indigenous Peoples: Learning to Unlearn

Malinda Lowery

Friday, April 1, 2022, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Type: Virtual Session

Tags: Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples; Professional Development; Teaching and Pedagogy


In this online workshop, K–16 teachers will learn about the Upstander Academy, a six-day immersive summer professional learning experience that focuses on genocide against Indigenous peoples in U.S., post-genocide Rwanda, and the skills of upstanders. The UA grew organically out of Upstander Project's extensive experience providing professional development workshops for teachers, who insisted they be longer. UA co-directors will share the guiding principles and structure of the academy, key methods and tools, analytical frameworks, lessons learned, and a new resource, Twelve Foundational Concepts for Those who Teach Native American History and Other Subjects in the present day United States. Participants will watch Upstander Project's 13-minute short documentary, First Light, about the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the long history of forced removal and coerced assimilation of Native children across U.S. history. Links to free learning resources will be provided. 

Session Participants

Panelist: gkisedtanamoogk, Upstander Project

Panelist: Mishy Lesser, Upstander Project

Panelist: Endawnis Spears, Akomawt Educational Initiative/ Upstander Academy