FAM

Educator Events, Training & Resources

Educator Trainings and Events

First Americans Museum presents the collective stories of the 39 tribes in Oklahoma today. We offer educator professional developments in cultural competency, tribal narratives and integrating Indigenous perspectives in the curriculum. Flexible options are available to meet your school or organization’s needs and budget. Please inquire at [email protected].

Upcoming Trainings and Events

TEK Fest Teacher Training
Friday, March 3 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Lunch Provided)
FREE | Registration Required
Sponsored by Boeing

FAM is pleased to present a daylong professional development for science educators on Indigenous perspectives in STEM. Through a keynote address and dynamic concurrent sessions, participants will learn how Native people have always been scientists, engineers and mathematicians. Teachers will receive a signed certificate recognizing four hours of training. Substitute teacher assistance is available on a first come, first served basis.

Keynote Speaker: Aaron Yazzie (Navajo), Engineer with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Concurrent Sessions

  • Cultural Competency for STEM Educators | Molly Tovar (Comanche descendant)
  • Indigenous Eats: Native Nutrition Science | Amy Warne (Muscogee)
  • Indigenous Student Experiences in Higher Education | Dr. Joy Pendley (University of Oklahoma) and Apollonia Peña, RN (Muscogee)
  • Mathematics of Beadwork and Native Design | Molly Murphy-Adams (Oglala Lakota descendant)
  • More to come!

Deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 10, 2023.

IPX Education Day
Friday, March 10 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
FREE | Registration Required; Teachers coming without students must purchase regular IPX admission

First Americans Museum and Indigenous Pop Culture Expo (IPX, formerly Indigenous Comic Con) are teaming up to provide a FREE Education Day for area Indian Education students in high school and teachers.

  • Students will enjoy an opportunity to visit the museum’s exhibition, meet artists and makers at IPX booths, and attend talks by key figures in Indigenous pop culture.
  • Educators of all disciplines are invited to join brief professional development sessions that address implementing comics in language arts curricula, information about contemporary Native art, and more. 

Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) has underwritten 250 Indian Education student tickets for Friday and passes for the event on Saturday and Sunday. Available spaces are first-come, first served. Teachers and chaperones are free.

OKC Performance of Spider Brings Fire
Friday, March 24 | 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. performances
FAM Five Moons Theater
FREE | Registration Required

Spider Brings Fire is a new, classical ballet based on the book by Linda Hogan and choreographed by Oklahoma City Ballet School Director Racheal Nye. This new ballet also features the music of renowned Chickasaw Classical Composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and costuming aligned with the illustrations of Dustin Illetewahke Mater (Chickasaw). This collaborative creation honors the history and stories of First Americans and the connections to Oklahoma’s rich ballet history.

Performance Times
10 a.m.–11 a.m. | Elementary students
11:30–12:30 p.m. | Middle/high school students