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Teaching Thanksgiving With Accuracy and Authenticity

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Kris McDaniel and David O’Connor have worked together at DPI for over 10 years to assist educators across the state in implementing quality social studies and American Indian studies into their classrooms, schools, and districts. Focusing on the idea of community, many of their suggestions for districts center on the concept of place-based learning: What is happening near you, in your region, state, and country? How can we encourage student inquiry to learn more about cultures across their communities?

During Native American History Month, and especially around Thanksgiving in the United States, it is extremely important to not play into stereotypes of Native Peoples, and instead to focus on what is accurate and authentic. Following is a list of recommended resources for teachers and administrators to help lead respectful, relevant conversations about the holiday and American history.

This item was submitted by Kris McDaniel, Social Studies Consultant, and David O’Connor, American Indian Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.