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Dine Studies Program

INTRODUCTION

History of the Greasewood Springs Community School, Inc. Diné Curriculum

This is a revised Diné Curriculum developed for use beginning in the G.S.C.S school year 2006-2007. It is based on the framework developed by the G.S.C.S Curriculuim Project Study Group in 1997.

We are mandated by a directive from the Board of Directors, the Navajo Nation Code and TITLE III monies to create this Diné Curriculum.

Our curriculum adheres to the existing State and Federal Guidelines and the Public Law 107-110 mandates of TITLE III.

Diné Studies constructed a curriculum guideline in the year 2000 for use in the K-4th grades at G.S.C.S. In 2001, the Curriculum for grade 5-8th were completed and is in continued use with modifications as needed.

Work continues to improve the system as mandated by Navajo Laws, the context of this system, the content of what our children should know and do, how we teach (instruction) the curriculum and how we assess the curriculum is now driven by improved research methods.

PHILOSOPHY

This program believes education of children begins at home with family as the basis for education. The family and the school believe this is a basis for perpetuating the Diné Language and for its preservation through its use and real world application. Our Language is the foundation where elements of Diné and Western education are learned. The context of this program follows the Diné Principles. The program and school cherish the sacred and unique children who have a right to education.

GOAL

Our community realizes that our language is diminishing and the research which strongly indicate that Language is a key to learning. Our language will be used as that stepping stone to learning both the Diné and Western knowledge. We will do this by teaching student to speak, read, and writing the Diné Language. They will learn Diné history and culture through the use of Arizona State Standards and the Navajo Nation Standards. They will have a worldview through the language. We think this is a strategy that will improve the children for the betterment of themselves and our society.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of Diné Studies is to apply the Diné view and belief through the principles of Diné culture. This principle is the Diné foundation of “there is a universal natural order”. We will use this as our context, our organized system of content, instruction and assessment. This order of information is as follows:

  • Information of the EAST Direction, (thinking clearly, wisely and carefully)
  • Information of the SOUTH Direction, (creative development of clear and concise planning)
  • Information of the WEST Direction, (positive approach to life and living)
  • Information of the NORTH Direction, (evaluate, analyze, gain and show pride for the finished product)
  • To prepare the Student for further education in Diné Studies.
  • Establish social responsibility, community service and scholarly endeavors that contribute to the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of the Diné people and its Nation.

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