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Native Ways of Knowing. • Track teams • Basketball teams • Physical education & health classes • Fort Washakie Wilderness Experience • Intramural sports • Six-man football • Skiing & snowboarding trips • Yellowstone & Grand Tetons Nat’l Parks trips

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Native Ways of Knowing


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• Track teams

• Basketball teams

• Physical education & health classes

• Fort Washakie Wilderness Experience

• Intramural sports

• Six-man football

• Skiing & snowboarding trips

• Yellowstone & Grand Tetons Nat’l Parks trips

• Outdoor Leadership Program with NOLS


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• Engage & expand mind

in all endeavors

• Keep mind healthy;

free of drugs, alcohol,

destructive behaviors

• Deductive reasoning - big picture first

• Reading, chess, art

• Visual, hands-on & experiential learning

•Performance assessment with clear results & exemplars

• Advanced Placement courses

• 62+ courses grades 9-12 in all subject areas

•38+ courses in foreign languages available

• Dual credit with WY community colleges


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• Induction process helps teachers embrace Native Ways of Knowing

• Clear expectations embedded in application process

• Daily teacher-student communication

• Multigenerational conversations

• Eagle staff sharing monthly

• World indigenous views

• Team leadership

• Education as a gift


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• “At this school, good choices get noticed and applauded.” (parent)

• “I’m excited to see a former student of mine who was headed for a dropout now succeeding in this school.” (teacher)

• “If a kid can get through this program, they are well on their way to getting a bachelor’s degree.” (parent)

• “I’m glad somebody did this because I think we’re helping a lot of students.” (teacher)

• “It’s hard. You have to really want it.” (student)

•“Here there are no cliques.” (parent)

• “Everyone gets along.” (parent)


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• Education is a sacred gift

• Seasonal Native Ways of Knowing camps

  • • Connections to natural world

  • • Honoring Native ceremonies

  • • Five Days of Buffalo

  • • Singing & drumming

  • • Native Dance


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• Shoshone Business Council

• Central Wyoming Community College

  • • Wyoming Department of Education

  • • National Science Foundation

  • • Fremont County BOCES

  • • Teton Science School

  • • Johnson O’Malley

  • • 27 Wyoming school districts

  • • National Outdoor Leadership School


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WeAVE by the numbers

  • Established 2002

  • Currently the only virtual school based in Wyoming

  • Serving approximately 135 students

  • Approx. 30% of students are full-time WeAVE-rs

  • 84% of full-time students are Native American


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FWCHS Contribution to FC #21 Enrollments


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  • Visit us at www.fwsweave.com to take a demo course, meet the faculty or learn about our school and curriculum


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