7 Generation Games
Seven Generation Games has launched Growing Math, a new project to meet the educational needs of Indigenous students and educators during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will provide lessons and games combining math, agricultural science and Indigenous history and culture that can be easily used in classrooms, via hybrid models or through distance learning.
"Indigenous youth faced greater barriers to equitable and quality education pre-COVID. It is more important now – than ever before – that we address this gap. We refuse to accept that tribal youth have less access to opportunity. Growing Math is designed specifically to overcome the obstacles faced in too many communities around the country," 7 Generation Games CEO Maria Burns Ortiz said in a press release.
The project will directly address the problems identified by schools, including increasing attendance and improving student math scores while engaging students. The project will provide resources, curriculum, training and tech support to 1,500 teachers and serve 27,000 students in grades three through eight at schools in six states: Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon and South Dakota.
Growing Math is funded by a $1 million Covid-19 rapid release grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create solutions to address the challenges arising in education during the pandemic. Participation in Growing Math is free to participating schools.
Leveraging 7 Generation Games' expertise in creating inclusive educational games and resources optimized to bridge the digital divide, Growing Math will build upon existing games and resources around Dakota, Lakota and Ojibwe culture and will expand to include tribes from the Pacific Northwest and Southwest.
The project will be led by Juliana Taken Alive (Hunkpapa/Mnicoujou Lakota, Standing Rock Nation), who joins 7 Generation Games after most recently serving as Director of Indian Education for the State of South Dakota, and Dr. AnnMaria De Mars. Christy Hanson (Diné) will take on the role of community manager.
Growing Math is currently accepting sign ups from any schools in the six states. Any Title VII programs are also fully eligible. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Growing Math project at firstname.lastname@example.org.