CURRICULUM  DEVELOPMENT

Passamaquoddy word for “flower”

Passamaquoddy word for “flower


Julia Schulz

Julia Schulz, Founder and former President of the internationally recognized Penobscot School, is a leader in immersion learning programming and other participatory language learning methods, such as TPR (Total Physical Response) that also integrate video and digital materials.


Robert Leavitt

Robert Leavitt’s Passamaquoddy bilingual education books and lessons developed over his tenure as Director at the Mi’kmaq-Maliseet Institute at the University of New Brunswick (1981-2006) created a wealth of lessons and learning strategies for documenting and teaching indigenous languages in the endangered language context. His use of natural group conversation videos from the Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Portal as data sources for culturally contextualized language lessons demonstrates the value of language documentation and the portal as a cultural and language learning resource.

Robert and Julia recently collaborated with Passamaquoddy teachers to design curricula and educational materials and implement teacher training for two new preschool immersion schools for the Passamaquoddy Tribe, with funding from ANA (Administration for Native Americans).


Daniel Quintanilla &
Ben Levine

Daniel Quintanilla and Ben Levine have both developed curricula for teaching documentary film writing, development, and production as well as for teaching and preparing students for community self-documentation of language and culture. Our training and production media lab in Totontepec, Oaxaca, Mexico and a new program at the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca have resulted in a new community self-documentation curriculum that maximizes community resources to enable local production of educational materials.


As the portals become increasingly utilized, we are studying ways of increasing the use of mobile devices and social media as language learning resources as well as building links between these digital resources, conventionally structured learning environments, and learning strategies that fit emerging non-traditional life styles.