Recently, I attended as a PSUSD Foundation board member a third-grade class at Sunny Sands Elementary School in Cathedral City. My mission was to observe teacher Ramona Frost and her class of 21 students in their fifth class session of a new 10-part curriculum about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
The curriculum was created by a three-way consortium of PSUSD administration and teachers, Tribal leadership and PSUSD Foundation.
On my day at Sunny Sands, Kate Anderson, director of Public Relations for the tribe, was in the classroom interviewing students about the day’s lesson. Two PSUSD administrators, Mike Walbridge and Russ Eaves, were also there as other observers.
A week later, Mr. Eaves and I attended sat in at Cathedral City Elementary with Tiffany Cobb's class.
Both teachers were outstanding and inspirational! I loved seeing the classes divided into smaller groups, student drawings at their desks and on the walls, handling and passing around local Indian artifacts. Posters included vocabularies of common words.