NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Native American Best Practices

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Ricky White

Grading: Letter

Monday, March 07, 2022 - Friday, April 15, 2022

Course completion: April 22, 2022

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $160

Course Description:

This is an asynchronous course and students will complete all 4 sessions and content on their own time through Google Classroom. An active Gmail account will be required to access each session content.

These sessions are for K-12 educators focusing on best practices for reaching American Indian students and families along with providing them with significant Native American Cultural Competence content and culturally responsive practices. Many states and districts require Cultural Competence credits or hours and this course will cover all of that required material. This course will provide significant background information and overall teachings about Native Americans and will give the learners an enhanced world view. This training is open to all educators, teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, counselors, and social workers.

ND Education Standards and Practice Board encourages educators to take this course for Cultural Competence requirements and for the Native American content.


All participants will:

  • Learn to infuse Native American content into their work and practice.
  • Understand the impacts of “Historical Trauma” on Native Americans.
  • Understand Cultural Competency and Cultural Responsiveness with a focus on Native Americans.
  • Learn Cultural Native American Teachings.
  • Learn “Best Practices for Reaching Native American Students, Families and Community.
  • Learn the greatest strategies on how to reach challenging and at-risk students.

"Great class!! Loved the passion the instructor showed for this content."

"The course objectives and policies were clearly stated and well-written."

"The instructor went above and beyond explaining how the class worked. He was so informative and inspiring with his teachings."

"The assignments/reflection surveys were thought-provoking and enhanced my understanding of the content. Also helped me better understand much of our history."

"The videos and reading offered a lot of new insight to topics that I have never seen or thought of before. This course kept my brain engaged the whole time."

"The class was designed so that I was excited to do the work and felt that I really learned a lot in this class."

"Native American Best Practices is a phenomenal course. The instructor provided excellent feedback and resources throughout the course. He was extremely supportive and encouraging, which is terrific! This course was my favorite."

"So much good information and resources. Every educator in North Dakota and Minnesota should take this course. It challenged me to reflect on my teaching and identify areas in which I can grow."

"The instructor was amazing - he came with such a positive and gracious spirit to every meeting. Although the content was heavy at the time, he shared it with the purpose of knowing that when we engage in, we will grow into being better teachers with more empathy and understanding."

"This course was one of the best classes I've ever taken."

"Ricky White was an amazing instructor who provided information and education that was purposeful and gave us insight on the Native population."


All resources are online and supplied by the instructor.

About The Instructor

Ricky WhiteRicky White

Ricky received his Masters of Education from St. Mary's University/Minneapolis and earned his Bachelors of Education from Lakehead University.  Mr. White earned many awards and accomplishments such as the 2014 Minnesota American Indian Administrator of the Year and the Minnesota American Indian Teacher of the Year. Ricky has 20+ years teaching experience and currently is an Educational Consultant.

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