Integrating Local Culture into Student Learning

It’s really important that we recognize all cultures and celebrate all cultures.

– Superintendent Larry Ouimette

How do we center decision-making in the local culture rather than considering student’s home cultures as an afterthought? In this roundtable, Dr. Gayle Juneau Butler was joined by Superintendent Larry Ouimette to share how the Lac du Flambeau Public School district authentically engages in partnership across cultures to create a safe and productive school environment for all. 

In the roundtable, Gayle shared Lac du Flambeau’s impact on student learning through integrating local culture via Studer Education’s Organizational Excellence and Improvement Maturity Model. Also, Superintendent Larry Ouimette answered questions about Lac du Flambeau:

      • How and why did Lac du Flambeau embed local culture in your planning process? Can you give some examples of the specific ways you embed local culture in curricula and services?
      • What’s going to be most important for your students and your organization’s development next year?
      • What are the wins that you have going into next year? What are the challenges that you have going into next year?
      • Are there non-native students or families that may feel a little like outsiders with a strong focus on this particular culture and how is that managed in the district?
      • Is there ever any conflict or shortage of time for the focused cultural activities and state requirements, standards or state-required curriculum?

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Roundtable Resources

Listen Intently | 9P

Are you really listening? Did you know, humans spend 70% of their time communicating, in which 45% is spent listening? In other words, effective listening skills are vital for interpersonal communication and, consequently, for successful leaders and aspiring leaders within our organizations.

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inclusive leadership

Five Questions to Create an Inclusive Environment | Studer Education

We can’t change an organization without first changing the people. In the realm of organizational excellence, we often coach that leaders model what right looks like for charting new territory with their teams. Leaders are the change agents for our organizations. To move diversity, equity and inclusion from an exercise in thinking to meaningful actions, we begin by asking five questions of our leadership.

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Using Feedback to Prioritize | 9P

Asking for feedback provides a model of leading with humility and striking a learner’s stance. The quantity and content of feedback can be overwhelming. It’s important to use feedback to prioritize effective actions and build a trusting relationship and strong culture.

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Does Local Culture Have a Purpose in Schools?

One’s local environment is partly responsible for providing the context to nourish connection, belonging and personal motivation. Local culture can be integrated as a tie that binds lessons to students’ lives. Starting from a person’s experience, we can inspire learning and make it stick. When education becomes a living thing, we can build a bridge to deeper lessons in life.


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