Conversations at the Washington Library is a weekly podcast about early American history and the people who teach it.

The Lakota Values and George Washington

In this episode, Mount Vernon's Vice President of Education Allison Wickens sits down with Valerie Shull, a 23-year veteran teacher of the Douglas School District in Box Elder, South Dakota and current Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings educator for the Rapid City Area Schools in Rapid City, South Dakota. In their conversation, they discuss Shull's time at Mount Vernon as a teacher fellow as well as her main research project, connecting the Lakota Values with George Washington.

Valerie Shull is a 23 year veteran of the Douglas School District in Box Elder, South Dakota. She has worked extensively with her state’s Social Studies curriculum and standards work groups, and on the development team for the South Dakota State Lakota standards, Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings. She has presented at multiple conferences, including the National Middle School Association, National Council for the Social Studies, Indian Education Summit, and EdmodoCon. Val also provides professional development for building and district staff and schools throughout her state. She was part of the lesson and material development team for Constitution Day with the Mount Vernon Education Team and is an alumna of the George Washington Teacher Institute.

K. Allison Wickens, Vice President for Education, joined the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon in the summer of 2014. Combining current trends in education and recent academic historical scholarship, she oversees the K-12 initiatives that operate out of the Library.

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