Jared Dahl Aldern is an environmental historian, ecological restorationist, and educator living in Central California. Drawing on archival research, linguistic anthropology, literary theory, and oral interviews, Aldern's research has focused on how members of the North Fork Mono Tribe construct historical knowledge, restore meadows in the foothills and higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada, and sustain their land and water tenure in the watershed of the upper San Joaquin River. A Sponsored Associate Faculty member in the Humanities and Enviromental Studies M.A. programs at Prescott College, he is a 2012-13 Visiting Scholar of the West with the Comparative Wests Project at Stanford's Bill Lane Center.
Aldern has developed various indigenous language and ecological field research programs in collaboration with Native American nations and natural resource agencies, and he has helped to develop community-based curriculum for a number of K-12 school districts. He also served as a Start-up Committee member and the public school liaison for the Southern California Tribal Digital Village, and he was a member of the Planning Team and the Tribal Water Stories Team for the 2009 California Tribal Water Summit. See www.waterplan.water.ca.gov/tribal2/tws/ for links to the Summit Proceedings, the Tribal Water Stories book, and digital videos.
Aldern has taught in elementary schools, high schools, and at several California colleges and universities. Currently he participates in research on professional development for teachers with the Assessment and Dissemination Project, part of the California Postsecondary Education Commission's Improving Teacher Quality Program.
Aldern also directs the Land Tenure Education and Restoration Project (LTERP), a Prescott College program based in California. In collaboration with the Indian Land Tenure Foundation and several Native American nations, LTERP focuses on K-12 curriculum development and professional development for teachers. The curriculum draws on California state academic content standards, with American Indian culture, history, and current land and water topics -- such as American Indian restoration of montane meadows -- at the core of the lessons. See www.LandLessons.org and www.jareddahlaldern.net for more information about the Land Tenure Education and Restoration Project.