In 2013, team Mukurtu joined Northeastern State University in their IMLS-funded Project I’M READY. Project I’m Ready had two major goals: to train a group of 21st century librarians who would serve Native American students in high-poverty areas of rural Oklahoma, and to develop a standard curriculum focusing on traditional knowledge which would support these librarians. In the final phase of this project, we built and populated a website to distribute and publish Project I’M READY’s resources in culturally-appropriate ways
Our challenge and opportunity in this unique project extension was to take the rich materials created from the project and share them in culturally appropriate ways. Not only did these curriculum items need a proper sharing platform, but the platform would also become a place where others could contribute similar content and share stories from their schools.
We teamed up with educational specialists at Washington State University to standardize the curriculum to match national core educational requirements at various levels. Curriculum was converted from smartboards into sharable PDFs and powerpoint presentations. Mukurtu CMS was leveraged to meet the sharing needs of culturally sensitive materials, and could be used to share non-public materials, particularly within schools.
Working with [Mukurtu] has been the much needed boost we were looking for to get the program on task and on the right track, as well as moving forward at a pace necessary to be successful. The staff is very helpful in providing us with the knowledge and direction that has allowed us to revise and add to our learning resource materials.