Working with Teachers and Students on Digital Media Projects

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With the August POSOH Tribal School Educators Institute in the recent past, I cannot help but think of the similarities between the high school youth I was fortunate enough to work with and some of their educators. Fresh off of working with the youth I was lucky enough to aid in a similar process with many of their teachers. Science and Art teachers from local indigenous school who were able to attend the POSOH professional development made three to five minute videos for their students.

Walking into the computer lab I had expected things to be very different with the teachers. In reality, the teachers asked many of the same questions the students asked, had many of the same complaints the students had, and enjoyed many of the same facets to video production as the students enjoyed. They even looked the same, slouched over their computers with just the tops of their head visible during their editing process. READ MORE…



How to Find Resources in the POSOH Digital Library

POSOH Digital Library

All resources created by the POSOH Project or used to create the POSOH Project are available to view without a login; however, in order to add a comment to a resource, the user needs to have a login and password.

To become an authenticated user, click on the “Log In” tab. Then click on “Create new account”. Fill out your information – “Group membership” is not necessary – and click on the “Create new account” button. The site administrator will review your request within 48 hours.

Options for Browsing & Searching the POSOH Digital Library

Browse by Collection

To browse by Collection, either click on the “Browse Collections” tab and choose a collection, or click on the “Search & Browse Library” tab and then choose a collection from the right hand column under the “Collection” section. Once a collection is chosen, all items that are a part of the collection will show on the left side of your screen. From here, you can browse through the items and choose which one(s) you would like to see closer by clicking on the title of the item. If this is done from the “Search & Browse Library” tab, you can winnow your browsing down further by choosing a Community, Category, Subject, and/or Resource Type.

The “Additional Act 31 Resources” Collection items contain links to a full record for the item found on Each item also gives the ISBN if there is one for that item, so that you can look the item up on your local library website and check out the physical copy if it is available. These are resources that were used in the POSOH Project to create curricula, but were not created by the POSOH Project, so we are not able to display the entire resource in all cases.

Search & Browse Library

To search and browse the entire digital library, click on the “Search & Browse Library” tab. On this page, you will see the full list of items found in the digital library on the left side of the page. You can scan through this list and look closer at an item by clicking on the title of the item. As more resources are added to the digital library, this option will become more time consuming, so there are two other ways to find a resource.

You can use the search bar on the right side of the screen. This search bar will search title and keyword. At this time, the items you will find using this option are slightly limited. Using the checklists below the search bar might be a better option if you are having difficulty finding items using the search bar.

As explained in the “Browse by Collection” section, the right side of the “Search & Browse Library” page contains lists that you can choose from in order to find a resource. The options here are Collection, Community, Category, Subject, and Resource Type. You can choose options from more than one list and more than one option within each list. When you choose an option within a list, the list will narrow to show you what options are available within the option you have chosen. For instance, if you choose the “POSOH Instructional Aids” option under the “Category” list, the options under each list narrow. If you then check the “Agriculture” box under “Subject”, there will be one item listed on the left side of the screen.

If you would like to start a fresh search, click “Reset” under the search bar on the right side of the screen.

Time is running out…register for a POSOH PD Institute today!

Summer 2015 is the last time POSOH is able to offer professional development for its new, place-based, culturally relevant science units. Click on the link below to access the brochure for our Biodiversity & Sustainabilty Unit and Energy Transformation & Sustainability Unit.

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POSOH is also offering a special, one-time PD opportunity specifically for educators serving Native American students in public, tribal, or boarding schools on or near reservations. Click here to access the brochure: finalTribal School PDBrochure 2015v2

Click on the links below to register for one or more POSOH Summer Institutes:

Biodiversity & Sustainabilty Unit, June 15-18

Energy Transformation & Sustainability, June 22-25

Tribal School Educators’ Institute, August 3-7



POSOH Professional Development Institute Information: Summer 2015

Act now to sign up for POSOH’s final teacher professional development summer institutes! On June 15-18, POSOH is offering PD for the Biodiversity & Sustainability Unit at the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin. The following week, POSOH will hold PD for the Energy Transformation & Sustainability Unit at the CESA 8 building in Gillett, Wisconsin. On August 3-7, POSOH will wrap up the summer with the Tribal School Educators’ Institute at the College of Menominee Nation, which will include PD for all of POSOH’s Units for teachers working in tribal schools, tribal boarding schools, or public schools serving Indian reservations. All participants who complete at least one institute will receive a stipend, materials needed to teach the unit(s), and the option to purchase graduate credits. Click below to download the brochures for more information and to pass along to colleagues.

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Please click on the links below to sign up for the POSOH Professional Development Institutes to be held this coming summer:

Biodiversity & Sustainability, June 15-18

Energy Transformation & Sustainability, June 22-25

Tribal School Educators’ Institute August 3-7


Follow-up Session for Summer 2014 Professional Development Participants will be held December 6, 2014

On Saturday, December 6, from 9:00-3:30, POSOH will hold a follow-up session for our 2014 Summer Professional Development participants who attended one or more POSOH institutes in summer 2014. The follow-up session will be held at CESA 8, in Gillett, Wisconsin, the same place where the summer institutes were held. Participants are reminded to please bring student work and be prepared to discuss teaching of POSOH curricula over the last few months. To receive the remaining portion of the stipend, all participants must attend this very important follow-up session on December 6. We look forward to hearing about your experiences teaching all or part of the new curricula, and your feedback will be especially helpful for the upcoming field tests of the Grade 8 and Grade 9 Units. See you there!

Summer 2015 Professional Development Opportunities

POSOH Project leadership from CMN, CESA 8, and UW-Madison are pleased to announce three upcoming teacher professional development summer institutes that are supported by our partnership project. Our work is a service for area school districts and community members in the CESA 7 & 8 regions as well as students and teachers in tribal communities across Wisconsin. 2015 is the final year that our institutes will be offered and last time a stipend will be available for all institute participants.  Check out the brochure for our Grade 7 Biodiversity & Sustainability and Grade 9 Energy Transformation & Sustainability Unit Institutes here: finalPDBrochure 2015 v2

During the first week in August, we will hold a PD Institute just for educators serving tribal students in public, tribal, or boarding schools on or near reservations throughout the United States. This unique PD will focus not only on POSOH’s Biodiversity & Sustainability and Energy Transformation & Sustainability Units, but also provide extended networking opportunities and time to reflect on the benefits of using place-based, culturally relevant science materials with Native students. See the brochure here: finalTribal School PDBrochure 2015v2

The 3 summer institutes will be held at the College of Menominee Nation (Grade 7 Institute and the Tribal School Educators’ Institute) or CESA 8 in Gillett, Wisconsin (Grade 9 Institute), and will be co-facilitated by a team of UW-Madison professional curriculum developers and local area educators. Participants will actively engage in practical and interesting professional practices while learning and preparing to teach (or co-teach) the POSOH Grade 7 Biodiversity & Sustainability Unit  and/or the POSOH Grade 9 Energy Transformation & Sustainability Unit.

Following the Summer 2015 Institutes, all participants will receive all materials needed to teach the unit(s). This extraordinary opportunity offers participants both time and stipend to bring well-designed and engaging unit(s) into their classrooms.

We invite you to take advantage of this engaging opportunity for teachers working with middle school and/or high school students to earn a stipend and collaborate in learning innovative new science units designed specifically for students in our area.

POSOH’s professional development is designed to provide time and support for teachers to work together and learn the project’s new Grade 7 and/or Grade 9 Science Units. POSOH’s science materials teach sustainability and ecology concepts in the context of the Menominee and Oneida Nation areas, engaging students in:

  • active learning and critical thinking skills through scientific inquiry
  • cultural learning and culturally relevant pedagogy
  • literacy and math connections
  • deep understanding of standards-based science concepts

Click on the links below to register for one or more Summer Institutes (each institute is 4 or 4.5 days):

Grade 7 Biodiversity & Sustainability: June 15-18

Grade 9 Energy Transformation & Sustainability: June 22-25

Tribal School Educators’ Institute: August 3-7

A $250 stipend per institute will be paid 10 weeks after full participation in the June institute(s). An additional $250 stipend will be paid after using the unit(s) in fall with students and attending a one-day Saturday follow-up meeting (date TBD by participants in June). Participants completing the Tribal School Educators’ Institute in August will receive a stipend of $500 ten weeks after the institute and online follow-up communication in Fall. All participants will have the option to purchase graduate credits through Viterbo.

For more information please contact Hedi Lauffer