Indian Education for All (IEFA)

     Welcome to the Bozeman Indian Education for All web page. Our project, Teaching Teachers to Weave Together Essential Understandings, is used to strengthen professional development in the area of Indian Education for All as outlined in the district Long Range Strategic Plan. This project includes five goals designed to create a sustainable model of professional development that may be utilized in any educational setting:

  • To create, intensively train, and sustain, a K-12 cadre of “master” and “lead” teachers who, train and lead all teachers in the district into a deep and extensive understanding and appreciation for American Indian history, politics, and culture.
  • Provide focused teacher training based upon the seven Essential Understandings about Montana Indians.
  • Utilize trained mentor teachers to assist classroom teachers in the selection, organization, formulation, and teaching of IEFA and multi-cultural concepts in social studies, literature, science, music, health enhancement, and the arts.
  • Collaborate with community and state resources to assist teachers in meeting the requirements of IEFA, including coursework from the Department of Native American Studies at MSU and American Indian consultant organizations, such as Native Nexus and tribal colleges.
  • Use teacher surveys and formative and summative student assessments throughout the life of this project to ensure that understanding and appreciation of American Indian culture learned through work with lead and master teachers has been imparted to students.

There are numerous resources within this page, including lesson plans, links to websites and print resources. Take some time to browse our links and utilize the resources identified. We’ll continue to add resources, so check back often.