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This book speaks directly to issues of equity and school transformation, and shows how one indigenous minority teachers' group engaged in a process of transforming schooling in their community. Documented in one small locale far-removed from mainstream America, the personal narratives by Yupík Eskimo teachers address the very heart of school reform. The teachers'struggles portray the first in a series of steps through which a group of Yupík teachers and university colleagues began a slow process of reconciling cultural differences and conflict between the culture of the school and the culture of the community.
The story told in this book goes well beyond documenting individual narratives, by providing examples and insights for others who are involved in creating culturally responsive education that fundamentally changes the role and relationship of teachers and community to schooling.
Contents: S.B. Sarason, Foreword. Preface. Part I: J. Lipka, Introduction: A Framework for Understanding the Possibilities of a Yup'ik Teacher Group. Part II:Becoming a Teacher: Overcoming Cultural Barriers. G.V. Mohatt, N. Sharp, The Evolution and Development of a Yup'ik Teacher. G.V. Mohatt, F. Parker, Two Teachers, Two Contexts. S. Nelson-Barber, V. Dull, Don't Act Like a Teacher! Images of Effective Instruction in a Yup'ik Eskimo Classroom. Part III:Transforming the Culture of Schooling. J. Lipka, E. Yanez, Identifying and Understanding Cultural Differences: Toward a Culturally Based Padagogy. J. Lipka, Expanding Curricular and Pedagogical Possibilities: Yup'ik-Based Mathematics, Science, and Literacy. Part IV: J. Lipka, Transforming Schooling: From Possibilities to Actuality? J. Lipka, Appendix: Methodology. J. Lipka, G.V. Mohatt, Epilogue.