Culturally Sustaining and Revitalizing Pedagogies: Language, Culture, and Power Vol: 29

Cathy Coulter
University of Alaska, USA

Margarita Jimenez-Silva
Arizona State University, USA

Product Details
06 Jun 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
320 pages - 152 x 229mm
Advances in Research on Teaching


Today’s schools compartmentalize children and curriculum. Standardization dictates curricular content and assessment, narrowing the focus of classrooms and schools that serve diverse populations from varied geographical backgrounds. Against the backdrop of the western-derived, institutional framework of schooling are cultural ways of knowing that are place-based, holistic, experiential, and connected to oral storytelling. In the current movement toward acknowledging and understanding cultural knowledge, teacher education programs need to work in collaboration with cultural communities, honoring traditions and epistemologies and seeking to revitalize and sustain (Paris, 2012) language and culture. Such initiatives inform the big picture of educational reform and enrich mainstream university teacher education programs. This book highlights the journeys, challenges and unfolding stories of transformation that reside within university/community/school partnerships focused on cultural and linguistic revitalization through schooling.
Introduction: Cathy Coulter & Margarita Jimenez-Silva 
Part 1: Power Voices from the Community: Neva Mathias, I am Maangaq 
Chapter 1: Critical Ancestral Computing for the Protection of Mother Earth; Cuoponcaxochitl Dianna Moreno Sandoval
Chapter 2: American Indian Access to Higher Education: Where are all the NDN’s?; Jameson Lopez
Chapter 3: Dual Language Programs: Language and Access; Laura Gomez
Chapter 4: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy in Action: Views From Inside a Secondary Social Studies Teacher’s Classroom; Margarita Jimenez-Silva & Ruth Luevanos
Part 2: Culture Voices from the Community: Lisa Unin, The Past Embraced 
Chapter 5: Yupiunrirngaitua/The Skirt I Refuse to Wear; Panigkaq Agatha John-Shields 
Chapter 6: Preparing Culturally Sustaining/Revitalizing Educators: Lesson from Field Experiences in Alaska Native Village Schools; Timothy E. Jester  
Chapter 7: Teach What You Know: Cultivating Culturally Sustaining Practices in Pre-Service Alaska Native Teachers; Amy Vinlove
Chapter 8: The Induction Seminar: Nurturing Culturally Sustaining Teaching and Learning in Rural Alaska Native Communities; Karen Roth 
Chapter 9: Reflections from the Tundra: Language, Culture and Pedagogy through Community Engagement; Cikigaq-Irasema Ortega 
Part 3: Language Voices from the Community: Apalaq (James) Ayuluk, Cup’iuyaraq: Being a Cup’ik 
Chapter 10: Writing the Threads of Our Lives: Stories from a Bilingual Family Writing Project; Tracey T. Flores
Chapter 11: Five Words: Lessons Learned in Rural Alaska; Kathryn Ohle 
Chapter 12: Preparing Pre-Service Secondary Teachers in Arizona: Using Culturally Sustaining Approaches to Learn from Diverse Secondary English Learners; Pablo Ramirez 
Chapter 13: Transforming Teachers’ Practice Through Professional Development: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogical Changes in Support of English Language Learners; Anthony J. Trifiro
Conclusion: A Hopeful Imperative; Cathy Coulter & Margarita Jimenez-Silva
Cathy Coulter is Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a former classroom teacher where she taught English learners in K-12 classrooms. She is currently Program Lead of the Graduate Certificate in Language Education program and PI of Project LEAP (Language, Equity, and Academic Performance). She works with graduate students in developing culturally sustaining and revitalizing classroom practices through inquiry and action research projects.
Margarita Jimenez-Silva is Associate Professor at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. She holds a Master's and a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Developmental Psychology, with an emphasis on Language and Culture. She is a former classroom teacher with preschool through ninth grade teaching experience in various states. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Jimenez-Silva has been working with preservice and inservice teachers to meet the academic and language needs of English learners (ELs) and ELs with special needs. She works on a number of federally funded grant projects focusing on preparing teachers to work with ELs, and she has led professional development training focused on meeting the needs of ELs, specifically in the areas of integrating content and language development in STEM and social studies.

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