On Thursday, January 26th, MEL co-founders Monica & Kate, in collaboration with MEL consultant Ann, will be hosting a workshop with The University at Buffalo’s teacher residents (UBTR) at UB’s South Campus. The workshop, titled Decolonizing the Niagara River Basin: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Place-Based Curriculum Building, explores a MEL designed interdisciplinary curricular unit of 7 lessons focused on the Tuscarora Nation and the New York Power Authority. Educators will receive the entire unit for their own classrooms, as well as a lively and enlightening afternoon of discussion around de-colonizing their own curriculum. Thanks to UBTR’s Director, Dr. Amanda Winklesas and a friend of MEL’s, Dr. Alexa Schindel, for bringing us onboard!
In addition, MEL will be hosting a workshop for educators from Buffalo Public Schools on Saturday, January 28 at P.S. #195 with coach opportunities to follow. This workshop also focuses on the Tuscarora Nation, as understanding indigenous people, history, and culture is a key element in Buffalo Public Schools’ Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives. This innovative and cutting edge department is run by Dr. Fatima Morrell, a Times Magazine Teacher of the Year for 2022. We appreciate Dr. Morrell’s commitment to place-based education and culturally responsive teaching and learning!