The Identity Project’s Artist Educator Trainings are currently offered in two models, an 80-hour Practicum and a 20-hour Practicum. Our trainings introduce participants to The Identity Project’s pedagogical framework and original curriculum through an in-depth immersion in experiential learning. In our trainings participants…

  • Develop an understanding of core evidence-based practices integrated into the fabric of our model including creative youth development, culturally responsive teaching, the science of learning and development, multiple modes of knowing, and mindfulness-based practices

  • Engage in thorough exploration of the historical and social contexts for teaching underserved and/or high-risk youth

Modules focus on curricular immersion, trauma-informed teaching, intergenerational grief, crisis intervention, brain-based learning, culturally responsive teaching, successful education reform strategies and their practical application for underserved students. Participants build foundational skills in documentary storytelling and performance …


This model fully certifies participants to become Identity Project Artist Educators. Participants must apply to attend. Prerequisites include, 2+ years teaching underserved youth and active/ongoing personal creative practice. Preferred candidates have experience teaching Native youth, familiarity with trauma-sensitive teaching practices, and hold an advanced degree in their field. Currently offered New Mexico.


This model is essentially a professional development training. It covers much of the same content as the 80-Hour Training in a condensed period of time. Participants of all backgrounds and levels of experience are encouraged to attend. There are no prerequisites for this training. Currently offered New Mexico.

Trauma-Informed Care in the Classroom - UNM Community Behavioral Health

Historical Trauma - UNM Community Behavioral Health

Defining Indigenous Education in the 21st Century - Dr. Tiffany Lee

Trauma Rocks Awareness Intervention - Dr. Corrine Sanchez, Tewa Women United

Intergenerational Grief & NA/AN Communities - Phyllis Pettit Nassi, MSW

Identity Project Curricular Immersion - Alesandra Zsiba, Identity Project Founding Artist & Director

Storytelling as Ultimate Healing Tool - Stephen Fadden, MFA

The Healing Modalities of Poetry - Dg Nanouk Okpik, MFA