Professional Development

Good for you. Great for kids.

Continuing professional development that is well-crafted and effectively delivered is important because it provides you with deeper knowledge and understanding that, in turn, offers your students greater opportunities for success. It's that simple. Indian Land Tenure Foundation has been offering in-person professional development opportunities for the Lessons of Our Land curriculum for many years but it has been hard to keep up with the demand. Thanks to the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in California, we have now been able to create a complete online professional development program. It is practical, flexible, economical and valuable, and the results for your students can be incredible.

"I learned so much in professional development about Indian land history that I never knew happened! I will definitely use Lessons of Our Land in my classroom all year." - Justin, 8th grade music teacher in Arizona

The Tools To Tell Our Stories

The Lessons of Our Land professional development program provides teachers with a variety of learning opportunities to enhance their practice by incorporating and utilizing a culturally-responsive curriculum. As an educator, you will gain a deeper understanding of the curriculum and develop the necessary skills to help your students get the most out of their learning experience. Professional development participants will also have access to a safe, robust private forum where you can share your experiences and resources (including photos and videos), celebrate classroom successes, and discuss the challenges of teaching Lessons of Our Land. By participating in the professional development program, you'll receive:

- Ongoing access to six sessions on video
- Downloadable PowerPoint presentations with practical exercises
- Exclusive access to the private discussion forum where educators can interact
- Reference materials will be added over time, including specific links to ILTF resources

Don't miss this excellent opportunity to become part of a larger community of learners and educators while maximizing the impact of Lessons of Our Land for your students. Individual one-year memberships are available for $100. Please inquire about pricing for groups or institutions.

To access the professional development program, you must upgrade your account within your user dashboard. Click on your dashboard, then choose ‘My Account’. At the top of the page push the ‘Upgrade’ button to gain access.

How to collect CEUs for completing the professional development program:
Click the 'CEU Registration Form' button below and fill out the form of completion. CEU credits for this program cost $100.

Questions about Professional Development may be directed to Samantha Manz, Program Officer at Indian Land Tenure Foundation via email ( or telephone (651-766-8999).

CEU Registration Form
Mother Earth


Students learn about their connection to the land through storytelling and other activities.

Arts, English Language Arts

Create a Neighborhood Map

K - 2nd Grade

This lesson will begin to foster a sense of place and enhance the students’ feelings for their homes and lands....

History/Social Studies

Tribal Resource Departments

3rd-5th Grade

Students discuss stewardship and scarcity, summarizing what they have learned in a letter to a tribal resource department.

History/Social Studies

Wild Rice

Students will create posters or presentations to describe the processes of wild ricing.


Distinct Worldview

9-12th Grade

Students explore the complexities behind the clash that often occurs between Native oral and cultural history and formal archeological and...

History/Social Studies