Westward Expansion Through the Lens of Indigenous Peoples
2022 Summer Academy


This summer, selected K-12 teachers from across the US and Puerto Rico, met up in Tulsa, OK to begin a place-based Summer Academy. Working our way back from Tulsa to Arizona by coach and train, we explored important historical sites and museums, met with content experts, and leaders and members from various indigenous nations to deepen and broaden our knowledge of Western Expansion through the lens of indigenous peoples.

About GeoCivics: The Project's goal is to integrate geography across the social sciences to improve instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse student populations. The Project will support diverse students in both Arizona and across the U.S. by developing a systemic plan to design and implement professional development, digital resources, and GeoCivics lesson plans based on evidence-based strategies to further educate, support and empower K-12 teachers.

This picture is of our first GeoCivics Cohort, staff, and mentors at Northeastern University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The statue is of Sequoyah, a polymath of the Cherokee Nation who created the Cherokee syllabary. The statue is located on the Northeastern University campus in Tahlequah, OK. The Cohort included teachers from Florida, Michigan, Virginia, Puerto Rico, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arizona.