Native American Program
Washington State University is currently recruiting Native Americans to train as speech-language pathologists.
There is a need for speech-language pathologists to serve Native American communities. In response to this need the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Washington State University offers a special training program. This program assists Native students in obtaining financial aid and provides educational support for Native students as they pursue training in the field of speech-language pathology. Graduates are prepared to work in educational or medical settings with individuals who have difficulty with their speech, language, or hearing.
We value the contribution that Native American students can make to the field of speech-language pathology. Therefore, we provide students with opportunities to explore this profession as it relates to Native culture through course work, observations, clinical experience, and research in Native communities. In addition, we provide professional mentorship.
Some scholarships are available for tribally-enrolled, Native American students. To receive further information, contact:
Native American Program Director
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Washington State University
P.O. Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495
Native American Culturally-Based Resources
The Shadow of the Salmon is a multimedia curriculum developed by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission for use with students in the eighth grade. The 42-minute Shadow of the Salmon video can be viewed online.
- Shadow of the Salmon video (at SalmonDefense.org)
The curriculum can be used to facilitate the development of language and literacy skills.
In addition, the following document demonstrates alignment with Washington State standards in the content areas of communication, science, math, reading, writing, social studies, health and fitness, and arts.
- Meeting Washington State Education Standards for Using The Shadow of the Salmon Curriculum: Examples for Grade 8
- Education Northwest (Look for downloadable version of the "Indian Reading Series: Stories and Legends of the Northwest.")
- Alaska Native Knowledge Network
- WSU's Clearinghouse on Native Teaching and Learning
- Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008
- Multicultural Constituency Groups