Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) in Winnebago, Nebraska, and Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Omaha, Nebraska, propose a partnership to globalize the curriculum at both institutions through a comparative study of Mayan and U.S. Native American cultures. Introduction of a Spanish language curriculum at Little Priest Tribal College and enhancements to the Spanish language curriculum at Metropolitan Community College

will accompany the globalization of a variety of other course areas at both institutions. This project will begin with a comparative study of the ancient Mayan Civilization of the Yucatan and Central America and Nebraska's Winnebago or Ho-chunk people who lived in the states of Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Little information is available to share this knowledge of U.S. Native American heritage and the roots of Midwestern Native American people who appear to be descendents of the ancient Mayan civilization.

In a project spanning two years, faculty members from LPTC and MCC will participate in monthly faculty development sessions featuring guest speakers, study circles, audio conferences, research at local museums, retreats, and independent study of library resources from the internet, journals and other literary resources. Over the course of the grant period, faculty members will also develop and pursue individualized Spanish-language acquisition plans that at a minimum allow them to conduct common courtesies in Spanish and recognize vocabulary relative to their specific disciplines.

During the period of faculty development, new and modified curriculum reflecting the comparative research of Ho-Chunk/Mayan cultures will be designed for use at both institutions in the disciplines of American Indian Studies, art, environmental sciences, geography, mathematics, psychology, respiratory therapy and allied health fields, sociology, Spanish, and visual communications. A faculty development course, available to all faculty at both institutions, will also be enhanced.

In addition to the key personnel and disciplines listed in the proposal, outreach will be conducted via faculty development sessions, departmental meetings, email postings and college newspapers to encourage other faculty to participate in the faculty development series and globalize their respective curriculum. Faculty from other area institutions will be also be invited to participate.

As an enhancement to the faculty development series, two research trips to sites significant to the Mayan Route are proposed, specifically, the Yucatan (Year 1), and Belize and Northern Guatemala (Year 2). Thomas Langdon, an MCC photography instructor, will travel with faculty to record interactions and findings, and then work individually with faculty members to enhance curriculum development with still and video photography as well as other multimedia components.

I addition to the assistance of the photography Instructor, faculty members will meet individually with members of MCC's Instructional Design Services to identify appropriate technology available for their curriculum development. Support to learn how to use and apply this technology will be on going during the two-year period of this project.

Team members will present the development and results of this project at national conferences including the American Council on International/Intercultural Education and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium

 
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