Educators who serve Native American students are often at the intersection of different requirements, regulations, funding opportunities, and constraints. These factors can inhibit the capacity of educators to pursue evidence-based educational practices and approaches. However, they also present an opportunity to examine the “bright spots,” where educators embrace the intelligence of Native American children and use educational practices that draw from and build on indigenous knowledge to foster environments in which all children can achieve their potential.

This roadmap of the South Dakota Bright Spots project highlights accomplishments and goals for the five-year grant to support statewide implementation of the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards (OSEUS).

                                                 Download a PDF of South Dakota’s Bright Spots Roadmap.